1. US/CAN border expected to stay closed to Jun 21.
To non-essential travel. Though could argue a TON of different ways that fishing seems essential to local businesses, mental health, etc….
2. Lake Erie charters get the
green yellow light.
Sounds like as of yesterday they were able to begin operating “as long as they follow mandatory precautions in place during the COVID-19….” Meaning customers legit need to space out 6′ from each other. Need a long net handle!
3. “Wear your life jacket to work day” is a real thing.
It’s Fri, May 15 this year. Might be a good excuse to upgrade into something a little more comfy that you’ll actually wear.
4. ND fishing-tourney permit update.
> “The G&F Dept does not intend to revoke any fishing tournament permits for the remainder of this year [had already revoked Apr and May] unless the coronavirus pandemic warrants such a decision.
> “No new fishing tournaments, beyond what is currently permitted, will be allowed or rescheduled this year on the Missouri River, lakes Oahe and Sakakawea, and Devils Lake (Stump Lake).”
5. New monthly water-level records on 3 Great Lakes.
Talkin’ Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, and Lake Erie…but all 5 Great Lakes are well above average. Folks are saying that Lake Michigan and Lake Huron might hit an all-time high this summer.
6. John Hoyer’s lovin’ his new walleye-king-size mattress:
Am totally diggin’ that AquaTraction marine flooring. Looks freakin’ saweeeet, and the extra cushin’ is supposed to help with the feets and back. Have a bunch of different textures, colors and styles on their site.
And something I never thought of — having it customized for a fish-house floor:
7. New national boating access map.Somewhat helpful in finding covid-related changes or closures.
8. MN: “Youth” license sales have doubled.
All license sales are up 44%, but I’m especially pumped to hear that youth sales (the $5 license for 16 and 17 yr olds) are skyrocketing. Btw kids under 16 yrs old don’t need a license to fish.
9. MN: Fishin’ folks flocked to Upper Red Lake.
> …288…. That’s how many pickup/boat/trailer rigs were parked near and not so near to the public landing at Big Bog State Recreation Area on the shores of Upper Red Lake.
> That figure, of course, doesn’t include the hundreds of boats that were launched Sat at private accesses.
> The DNR and Gov. Tim Walz had encouraged anglers to stay fairly close to their homes Sat, suggesting that destinations within a tankful of gas — return trips included — should be the outer limits of opening-day travels.
> Yet the largest aggregation of the state’s 1 mil+ anglers lives in the 7-county metro area, and having them all gather on piers and at boat launches in and near the Twin Cities seemed to many to be counter-intuitive….
10. KastKing has new spincasters for the kiddos.