1. MN: Maybe win ya some prizes…
…by signing up for the Fishing Careers Workshop and learning how you can make a living in the fishing industry. Some of the bonus goodies they’re giving away in a drawing if you register before Aug 31. #Dibs
Also announced that children 18 and under are free with a paying adult.
2. SD: Walleye regs could be changing.
Some veeeery interesting statements from SDGFP:
> For 20 years now we have used minimum length limits to manage many of our walleye fisheries…these regs have had little to no measurable impact on the fisheries…[and] may be doing more harm than good.
> Large walleye year-classes develop [and] can deplete the available food resources resulting in slowed/stunted growth.
> Bitter and the 2011 walleye year-class was the most recent example, those fish are now almost 7 years old and barely over 15″. With a normal growth rate they should have crossed that mark at age 3.
> One of those signs is the skinny fish that are very willing to bite an angler’s bait…if anglers are able to catch 40-60 fish/day, there’s a problem with the predator/prey balance and harvest.
> When large year classes are present allowing abundant smaller fish to be harvested may provide more benefit to the fishery than risking collapse of the forage base and the subsequent reduced growth rates.
*cough* Mille Lacs *cough*
3. MN: Fishing to End Hunger charity tourney…
…on Gull Lake is happening Oct 7. Great cause, plus there’s $22.5K paid out to the top 3 spots.
4. NV: Lake Mead has walleyes?
At least a couple anyways. Guess they were stocked a zillion years ago and never really took off. Has to be some natural reproduction since a kid just caught a surprise 17-incher while striper fishing.
So Cousin Eddie knew what he was talking about after all….
5. Power-Pole has a new iPad for your boat.
> This all-in-one touch-screen tablet allows multiple boat accessories to be connected and controlled by one smart device.
Hope it’s waterproof at 1,600 bones…but does sound pretty cool.
6. PRADCO hiring sales rep.
Owns more than 20 brands, the ones you walleye-nuts would be most familiar with are Lindy and Bomber. See if you’re qualified.
7. U.S. anglers up by 1.5 mil?
Youth participation is up 3% to 11 mil. Maybe thanks in part to the high school fishing explosion? Report also said:
> Fishing is still the #2 adult outdoor activity, but it’s gaining ground on jogging.
Jogging?! Hmmmm which would you rather…?