1. MN: DNR had to cancel spring egg-stripping…
…for walleye, northern pike, muskie and steelhead thx to the coronavirus pandemic. Had to get nixed ‘cuz:
> …collecting eggs and sperm from spawning fish is a “labor intensive effort that requires teams of 6-8 people working in close proximity,” and with the state currently dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, there’s no way it can be carried out while adhering to social distancing guidelines.
So far SD, MI and IN have all cancelled spring egg-take operations…ND and WI have cut back. Sure I’m missing a bunch of others too.
2. IN: Larson FX boats going bye-bye?
Reminder that Polaris bought Larson Boat Group last year. Now sounds like Polaris will be shutting down 3 boat brands (Rinker, Striper and Larson FX) thx to COVID-19?
> “We were fully prepared to expand these brands and our presence within their respective segments of the marine industry. But today, considering market dynamics and the continued uncertainty around the sustained impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have decided not to move forward with investing the necessary resources to maintain and grow Rinker, Striper and Larson FX, and will discontinue production of those brands.”
Crazy to think that just 1 month of a shutdown can make entire brands disappear…?
3. PA: Lake Erie walleye/perch limits staying the same.
> Lake Erie yellow perch will remain at 30 per day and the creel limit for walleye will stay at 6 per day.
4. Seriously can’t get enough of Head2Head Fishing.
Awesome new 1v1 bracket-format walleye dealio — with no live bait allowed — where they live-stream the whole thing! Can watch ’em live on Facebook, their website, or stream it on YouTube…which seriously cut into my productivity levels this AM. [fist-bump emoji]
Just wanted to give you a heads up that if you aren’t following ’em yet, you better get on it, ‘cuz I have a feeling it’s going to be BIG. Can’t wait to see more walleye events added in the future.
5. MT: Fort Peck walleye egg take still happenin’…
…but no volunteers allowed.
6. MI: Grass carp found in Huron tributary.
> …the fish was found Mar 17 during a routine survey of the Tittabawassee River below the Dow Dam in Midland County. The river flows into Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay.
7. VA: Muskie tagging program happenin’ on James River.
> A total of 45 [muskies] in the upper James River have been implanted with tags to investigate the impacts of catch-and-release mortality on fish during the summer months.
Catch and report a tagged fish from Jun-Sep = $50 reward.
8. DuraSafe gotta makeover.
Had a website overhaul and complete rebrand including a new logo:
They make cool marine security products such as: RAM Mount locks, trolling motor locks, receiver locks, coupler locks, a universal spare tire lock, locks for your locks locks (lol). Super nice knowing all that stuff’ll still be there if you’re stopping to gas up, or grabbing a bite to eat and can’t snag that window seat.