As of right now they’re moving forward with the July 23-24 event outta Oconto, WI (Green Bay).
> “Sales of all types of MN fishing licenses through Monday hit 354,080, up a whopping 45% over this time last year and the highest early-season sales in at least the last 20 years.
5. IA: PFDs save a family of 4…
…after 35-mph gusts capsized their rig on Green Valley Lake. Could’ve been seriously bad. Great to hear all are okay — take it as a reminder to rock those vests!
6. Check the Rap-V Blade underwater.
A coming-soon hybrid called the Rapala Rap-V Blade that “combines the best of a lipless crank with a blade bait.”
> The extra-wide metal dorsal (top) fin of the Rap-V Blade features 2 line-tie positions. When anglers tie their line to the front tie hole, the lure will provide a slower, lazy fall action. If they tie their line to the rear hole position, they’ll achieve a faster fall, head-down action. …distinctive loud BB rattle system….
And just ‘cuz I know how much walleye fisherpeople (and walleye!) love them some “firetiger” baits:
7. MN: Don’t want stunted bluegills in your favorite lake??
Then you gotta release the bigger ones [!] and keep the smaller ones. According to this MN DNR news release. Know that might be a tough pill for some of you to swallow…but times they are a-changin’.
> “We really want to get the public’s opinion on these regulations. A regulation only works if people support it. We believe that through the use of reduced bag limits we can definitely maintain our high-quality bluegill fisheries, and maybe even improve some of those that have slipped over the years. And it’s going to benefit anglers.”
> The DNR has posted a list of proposed lakes designated for changes, as well as how people can provide input [here]. People can provide input now into this fall. The DNR will post informational signs at water accesses on lakes included in the proposal.
8. These Gruv Fishing “Launch Pads” look sick.
Shane Boeshart (@walleyesmasher87) shot:
Called the Gruv Fishing Big Jig Launch Pad — they’ve got one designed for crankbaits too. Sorta makes me feel bad for always sticking my “used” jigs in the boat’s carpet, or cup holder lol.
9. Lund Boats is going Facebook live w/ Jeff Andersen…
…tomorrow (May 7) at 7pm CST. Primarily talkin’ all things muskies, but “Jiggy” said he might be willing to share a few of his favorite opener walleye tactics, too.
10. Have you tried Bladed Puppet yet?
Made by Someday Isle Tackle in the USA. Sort of a jig + spinner hybrid. Here’s a look at the “mellon spinner” color:
13. WV: “Free fishing” extended another month.
> “The requirement to possess a fishing license to fish in state-regulated waters has been waived for state residents through May 31. Anglers are asked to continue practicing safe social distancing measures.”
14. NY: Bass Pro Shops’ credit downgraded again.
> …now has a negative outlook, down from stable in Sep 2019…. That means Moody’s expects the company’s credit rating to change for the worse in the next 12-18 months.