1. OH: Now that’s how you ring in the New Year, man!
Forget the “ball” drop in Times Square…Port Clinton, OH does a walleye drop with a custom-built, 20-ft fiberglass walldawg:
Goin’ on 22 years now — gonna have to find myself there some NYE.
2. MN: Eelpout Festival canceled after 40 years.
Sounds like the main reason is ‘cuz people can’t pick up their dang trash:
> The economics no longer work. In the past years we committed tens of thousands of $$$ on lake clean up annually plus supplied services such as porta-potties, ice road maintenance and trash pickup.
> Unfortunately, the costs of all these items are rising and [with] the inability to enforce clean up and participation for all festival goers, attendees and vendors it’s no longer feasible to operate the festival under the County requirements that change and increase every year.
Crazy ‘cuz Gull Lake’s not really known to have trouts. Fish swam in from Stony Brook, a designated trout stream that’s connected to the Gull Chain.
The current MN state-record brown trout is a 16-lb 12-oz pork chop caught on Lake Superior in 1989. Went 31-3/8″ long X 20-1/2″ girth.
Props to the AHO crew for keeping the program alive.