From complications related to Alzheimer’s disease. Gene was the founder of MidWest Outdoors. If you knew Gene or would like to know more about him and the history of MidWest Outdoors, take a listen to this podcast with Gene and his wife Gail recorded at the end of 2017. “It’s a keeper.” 🙏✝️ Prayers to his wife Gail and family.
2. MN: Late spring wreaks havoc on spottail shiner run.
If you’re having a tough time finding shiners, here’s why:
> [Shiners] generally stage near shore to spawn…for a few weeks in late April and early May…are in tight supply this year. The late ice-out and lingering cool water temperatures have delayed the spawning run.
Lot of folks (bait shops, minnow dealers, etc) are losing a big chunk – or even all – of their income because of it.
> Complicating the shortage is a MN DNR requirement that minnow dealers who trap spottail shiners in waters designated as infested with zebra mussels [had to] remove their gear by Mon, May 23.
> “They’re shutting us off. We literally had a 10-day season this year. We’re being forced out of the lake before we can harvest, and anglers are getting pretty upset about this.”
> “If we had a few more days, everyone would have all the shiners they want.”
Interesting read here with some first-hand experiences of local bait shops and minnow dealers.
Sounds like as of today (2 days after gear had to be out of the water) the DNR extended spottail shiner trapping on Upper Red, Otter Tail, Gull and North Long until May 31 or when the water temp hits 55 degrees.
Problem is bait slingers had already removed all of their gear. If they’ve got a smaller operations they might get back out…but you’ve got minnow dealers like Jonny Petrowske who already removed his 18 minnow traps (each trap measures 4’x4’x8′ and weighs about 250 lbs) from Upper Red and has cleaned and stored them for the season…said he won’t reset the traps because of the time and labor involved:
> Jonny: “We spent a day pulling our traps so we’re out by the deadline, and I spend another day hauling them home and washing and storing them. Now they’re telling us we can go back in the lake after we’ve pulled all the gear and spend maybe a day of trapping and then we have to pull all the gear back out again? The logistics don’t work.”
3. NE game cops seize 265 fish at same lake in 4 days.
Conservation officers stopped a group that had 162 fish (crappies and bluegills) over their limit. Then just 4 days later – on the same lake – they found a different group with 103 fish over their limit. Gross.
Total combined fines for all involved was just $6,196. 👀 Which to me feels like a: