> Among the new features this year is an ice sculpting demonstration by Elegant Ice Creations of Broadview Heights. The Elegant Ice Creations team, which includes world champion ice carvers, will bring pre-cut sculptures to the event and perform a live ice-sculpting demonstration beginning at 7pm.
> Also new to the Walleye Drop this year is a photo booth that will be set up in the vicinity of Port Clinton Fish Company.
Bunch more festivities going on here.
8. St. Croix has a new show and staff coordinator.
> The key Marketing Team role places [Cristian] Simpkins as primary point of contact and administrator for St. Croix’s extensive pro staff, guide, and scholastic programs. Additionally, Simpkins will assume responsibility for the logistical aspects of St. Croix’s presence at trade and consumer shows.
9. WI: DNR wants you to report any “mudpuppy” catches.
> Mudpuppies are WI’s only fully aquatic salamander and can be found in streams, rivers, ponds and lakes year-round. Due to their elusive behavior, surveying can be difficult and labor-intensive. However, because mudpuppies can be a common bycatch during the winter ice fishing season, officials are hoping that anglers will share their mudpuppy observations with the DNR this winter.
> …snap a picture of it, then gently remove the fishing hook and release it back into the water. Try not to touch the mudpuppy too much, because amphibians have sensitive, permeable skin.
> Data collected from these sightings will help determine the distribution and range of the species statewide.
10. UT: 10 ice fishing tourneys/events happening this winter.
11. PA: Recycle your Christmas tree as fish habitat…
…at Woodcock Creek Lake. Type of thing you would only find on the fishing black market 😂 where I’m at in MN.