1. MN: World’s largest charitable ice-fishing contest happenin’ Jan 28.
Of course talkin’ Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza on Gull Lake. Just up the road from us. About 10,000(ish) people come from all over to try and catch a fish and maybe win a new truck, or a bunch of other prizes. Something everyone’s gotta experience at least once or thrice
2. FishUSA announces sponsorship of “Lake Erie Fishery.”
> FishUSA has announced its sponsorship of The Lake Erie Fishery initiative, a 12-month campaign that is supported by the OH Dept of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife and the Great Lakes Fishery Commission. The yearlong effort has been created to bring additional awareness to the world-class walleye fishing industry along Lake Erie in Ohio.
3. CO: Adult zebra mussel found in Highline Lake.
This is the first time an adult zeeb has been found in CO, however 8 different reservoirs have been “suspect or positive for mussel veligers, the larval life stage of the mussel, since 2008.”
4. ON: Round gobies found in the Otonabee River.
I honestly don’t know a whole lot about gobies (we don’t have them around here) but I do know that fish love to fatten up on them. This blip from the write-up sounds alarming:
> Brook Schryer, an aquatics specialist of 7 yrs: “[Round gobies] will just voraciously eat our native species, thus, over time, leading to fewer native species within an ecosystem or within a water body.”
I’ve heard they eat fish eggs and fry around spawning sites, but not sure what else they munch on. Will have to do some digging just for curiosity’s sake.
5. WY: Asian clams confirmed in Glendo Reservoir .
They’ve been found in WY before…in nearby Guernsey Reservoir in 2019 and the North Platte River in 2014.
> Asian clams are native to Asia, Africa, the Mediterranean and Australia and are believed to have been introduced intentionally as food or incidentally imported with the Pacific oyster. The AIS was initially discovered in 1938 in the Columbia River and is now in 47 states.
6. New Northland Tackle ICE FISHING baits for 2023 out now.
Including the new Glass Buck-Shot Spoon that is…
> “…constructed of a lead frame, features a high pitched glass rattle and is entirely encased in a clear hard resin. The resin’s contact with the rattle transfers sonic vibrations to the exterior of the spoon triggering fish to strike. The exterior resin also looks like a natural, semi translucent baitfish while protecting the paint against scratches and chips.”
Thing looks nasty. Quick video walkthrough below: