If you want something, work your dang butt off until you get it….
3. Mission Tackle buys JB Lures.
No link yet, but got the heads up from Mission Tackle owner Dan DeJaeghere who said they plan to run it in the same location (Winthrop, MN) with the same employees:
> Dan: JB Lures has been around for 30+ years and has a loyal customer base in the Midwest for both ice and open-water tackle.
> We do have plans to upgrade the packaging and product lines, while keeping many of the favorite lures in the product lineup. We’re excited about adding this brand into our portfolio (Mission Tackle, Ice Hole Tackle, Paul Bunyan Distributing, Hook’Um Tackle, and JB Lures) and know it will keep us busy.
Busy is good — congrats!
4. OH investing nearly $10 mil to protect Lake Erie.
Says projects are “to help keep dredged material out of Lake Erie” to improve and protect water quality.
5. MB: This place grows ’em BIG.
How’d you like to stick your new PB (personal best) walleye, burbot, northern pike and lake trout all in the same day? Yup, it can happen at Wekusko Falls Lodge in northern Manitoba.
This place was on my fishing bucket list for yeeeears…and it blew my expectations out of the water. Quick highlight reel from from our trip last April:
Absolutely cannot wait to go back.
6. MI: Daniel Eichinger new DNR director.
> “Conservation is a team sport. I look forward to working with our partners to continue the thoughtful stewardship of the extraordinary natural and cultural resources that so deeply define us as Michiganders.”
“Michiganders” might just be my new fave word.
7. New shape-shifting spinner blade.
Called the Montana Blade from Ram Lures. Was hipped to ’em by owner Scott Feddes:
> Scott: I’ve been developing it over the last few years and introduced it to the market about a year ago. Since then, it’s been catching walleye all over the US and Canada…it’s like nothing they’ve seen before.
Have some underwater shots of ’em in this video.
8. Frabill honors Dale Stroschein.
Much deserved, man!
Btw I’ve seen Dale’s last name spelt several different ways, so just remember: i before e, except
after c in Stroschein (lol).
9. WI: Appleton Gander Outdoor store closes.
After being open for just 8 months…?
10. MI: Black Lake sturgeon season set for Feb 2.
The total season limit (for everyone) is 7 lake sturgeon. Last couple years the season was closed within 1 hour…so don’t blink!
11. WI: Winnebago Lake sturgeon meetings in Jan…
…to provide an update on the status of the population, talk results from recent surveys, and answer general Qs about the sturgeon management program.
12. Garmin announced a couple of things this week.
Budget-friendlier Panoptix LiveScope transducer that doesn’t need the “black box,” so might be easier for those of you converting it to an ice unit.
Also a new merge of Garmin and Navionics maps.
13. Pure Fishing/Berkley has a new CEO.
14. DC: President Trump signed the Modern Fish Act.
It’s about saltwater, but brings some needed common sense to fisheries management.