1. MN: “Keep It Clean” legislation passes.
I mentioned this was in the works last spring, but I didn’t realize that it had actually passed.
> In a nutshell…it will be illegal to place any garbage or waste on the ice. This means all garbage will need to be kept in your fish house, your vehicle or in a garbage can attached to one of the above.
Can’t just tie a garbage bag to something, because those love to freeze into the ice. Needs to be in a garbage can or container that’s attached so it can’t blow away.
Sounds like the penalty is $100, which feels to me like it should be higher. 🤷♂️ I believe the fine for littering on highways or streets in MN ranges from $400-$1,000?
2. MN Fishing Hall of Fame’s 2023 class inducted.
Big congrats to Tom Carlson, Russ Francisco, Jeff Sundin, Hank Ebert, FM Walleyes Unlimited, and Reeds Family Outdoor Outfitters. 🙌 Well deserved!
3. MN: Alumacraft laying off 68 workers at its St. Peter plant.
> …Alumacraft recently expanded its multi-building campus in St. Peter. The remaining  employees will work on a centralized first shift, and there will no longer be a second shift, according to BRP.
> Earlier this month, BRP Inc. reported Q2 results showing total revenue was up 14% to $2.8 bil in CAN currency ($2.1 bil in USD), but revenue in the marine segment was down 9% to $127 mil ($95.1 mil USD). BRP’s marine segment also includes pontoon boat company Manitou, based in Lansing, MI.
> The company attributed the segment’s declining sales to a lower volume of boats sold, extended supply-chain issues and unfavorable weather in the Great Lakes region, the largest market for Alumacraft and Manitou. BRP lowered its guidance for the marine segment’s revenue for the fiscal year but still expects total revenue growth of 5% to 10%.
4. OH: Lake Erie Fall Brawl kicks off Oct 14.
Costs just $35 to register in the Brawl and fish any time (during Oct 14 – Dec 3) in the OH waters of Lake Erie – from the bank or in a boat – biggest fish wins. Tons of prizes including a couple of fully-rigged Ranger boats ($140K and $110K) going to 1st + 2nd.
5. OH: National Fishing Expo’s ‘Walleye Slam’ starts Oct 20.
Giving away a $175K Warrior Boat package to the heaviest walleye caught thru Dec 3.
6. Cool vid on designing the Berkley PowerBait Power Switch.
From the Wired2Fish crew, who…
> …caught up with Berkley product designers Kyle Peterson and Aaron Wavra at Berkley Labs for an in-depth look at the Berkley PowerBait Power Switch.