1. WI: Folks wanna extend Minocqua Chain walleye regs a year.
‘Cuz it’s current zero bag limit (been in place 5 years!) has been helping the walleye population make a rebound, but they’re still working to “restore a self-sustaining level of natural reproduction” too.
See…Mille Lacs isn’t the only lake being picked on! 😉
Btw there was a public meeting last Oct to discuss the project and…
> …results of the public input assessment at the meeting and online indicated more than 90% of respondents supported extending the current catch-and-release regulation.
2. New Uncut Angling ’39 Hours’ episode tonight.
Can find it here at 7:30pm CST. Who you rooting for?
3. ND: Devils Lake Volunteer Fire Dept tourney happenin’ Sat.
More than $325K [!] in prizes at the 36th annual derby. Gotta get your tickets in advance at a local vendor — looks like they’re sold out at 99% of locations besides maybe 2? #ProcrastinatingProblems
4. MN: Park Rapids ice derby called off.
Had 15″ of ice on Fish Hook Lake, but maybe only 8″ of it was good (clear) ice. Also had about 25″ of snow on top of that = major slush problems when drilling a zillion holes.
They’ll be drawing for prizes instead of fishing for ’em…unless you’d rather return your ticket.
5. MT’s changing their licenses.
Licenses and tags will now be printed on regular paper instead of the expensive weather-resistant stuff. They say the fancy paper “requires printing technology so outdated that it’s almost impossible to replace. The switch to standard paper will provide significant savings and ultimately be easier for customers….”
Unless you’re like me and constantly have printer issues lol. Maybe it’s just me, but think I’d rather pay a couple extra bucks to have a license that didn’t need to be kept in a Ziploc bag while hunting or fishing.
6. MI: Black Lake sturgeon season set for Feb 1.
The total season limit (for everyone) is 7 lake sturgeon. Last couple years the season was closed within 1 hour…so don’t blink!
7. WV: Two new state (length) records caught this month.
Zachary Adkins’ 53.1″ (59-lb) grass carp from Warden Lake, and Justin Conner’s 49.84″ (58.38-lb) blue catfish from the Ohio River. #HeavyHitters
8. Native Americans also concerned about Asian carp…
…getting into the Great Lakes.
9. Ted Takasaki gets JT Outdoor Products.
Congrats to both! JT’s most known for their high-end custom rods.
And a little factoid about Hall of Famer Ted Takasaki: He holds the all-time Professional Walleye Trail record for a 1-day (5 fish) weight of 53.2 lbs. Freakin’ insane!
10. Upper IA River’s water quality = boosting.
> “Landowners and farmers installed grassed waterways, filter strips, cover crops, streambank protection and more practices to slow erosion and filter runoff before it could enter the streams.
> “…there’s now about 6,223 fewer tons of sediment reaching the river each year, enough to fill 415 dump truck loads annually. That’s been a boon to [the good native] mussels and other aquatic life.”
11. VT has new baitfish transportation regz
12. Fox Nation/Fox News streaming adding fish/hunt content.
> This spring, for the first time, Fox Nation will feature a month of shows dedicated to outdoor sports, with Fox talent and other celebrities going hunting and fishing.
> Fox Nation currently has 200,000 to 300,000 subscribers, according to estimates.