Round-trip passes run $120-145 per vehicle. Sounds spendy, but they obviously aren’t making much (any?) money on that deal since every time the wind blows the 30-mile road needs to be cleaned back up…can’t even imagine!
My 2 cents: Hop in a truck with a few buddies – split the pass 4 ways – and go experience some amazing fishing + scenery while supporting these folks that have been cut-off from the rest of the fishin’ world for nearly a year now. 👊 I plan on doing just that at the beginning of March.
3. MI lakes aren’t freezing as often.
Because: Overall temps have been averaging 2°F warmer than they were just 40 years ago. Doesn’t sound like a whole lot, but the average overnight lows have been increasing even more…looks like they’re trending about 5°F warmer than “back in the day.”
4. MN/WI: The “good ol’ days” are right now for Lake Pepin.
For perch and walleye:
> In last year’s survey, the average number of adult perch captured in the nets was 21.8, a whopping 53% improvement on the previous record set in 2011.
> The record gillnet capture for walleyes in Lake Pepin came in 2002, when DNR collected an average of 11 per net. The same gillnets caught an average of 9.25 walleyes in 2020 – the 2nd most in the 55-yr history of the netting survey.
5. Great Lakes: “Sterile” grass carp are reproducing 🧐.
> “The problem is, we now have reproduction of grass carp in both the Sandusky River and Maumee River, with the Sandusky River being what looks to be the largest culprit for reproduction.”
6. WV walleyes are flourishing.
> WV’s native walleye grow quickly and reach trophy sizes…also have been part of a special management project to improve and diversify fishing opportunities in the Mountain State since the early 2000s.
> “It’s encouraging to see all our efforts paying off. Photos of big walleye are getting out on social media and anglers in other states are seeing it and taking notice of all the great fishing opportunities here in WV.”
> …outfitters around the state have told him that people as far as CAN are visiting the state to go walleye fishing.
And the DNR says the next couple months are your best shot at catching a trophy – especially in rivers:
> This time of year, walleye are moving upstream to areas such as Kanawha Falls, Sandstone Falls and the falls on the Coal River to prepare for spawning. When they can’t swim further upstream, they congregate in preparation for the spawning season in March.
7. CO is now negative for all invasive mussels.
I wonder how many states can say that?
8. AR: Greers Ferry walleye regz changed to 14″ minimum.
Was previously a 20-28″ protected slot.
9. Warrior’s now making battleships.
Their new V238DC is just under 23′’ long, has a 101″ beam, and holds 78 gallons of go-go juice for a 450hp to sip on: