1. MN: 9-lb average wins Pool 4 MTT.
Matt Buesking and Bill Schneider put together a 36.91-lb bag on just 4 fish to win the MN Tournament Trail on the Mississippi River’s Pool 4 in Red Wing:
> Bill: “We initially started with Dubuque rigs which had produced some fish throughout the week. With no fish on late Sunday morning we switched to pitching jigs and plastics on a current seam away from the crowds, which produced these 4.
> “Even though we had those 4 [tourney is a 5-fish limit], we still didn’t know if we had enough to win with all the good fisherman in the tournament. Not sure if we really were doing things much different…just happened to find the right spot the fish were traveling through.”
To me, fish of that caliber mean they were for sure doing something differently.
Lol nicely done, fellas!
2. MB: Walleye movement study underway.
> The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (federal) has recently been out on the Red River implanting acoustic tags in walleye to study their movement throughout the Red River and Lake Winnipeg.
> Info gained will be very valuable, and so are the tags themselves. Anglers and are encouraged to release any Floy-tagged walleye, or one with noticeable sutures on the belly. As of last week many female walleye had not yet spawned.
3. WI: Massive fish die-off on Winnebago…
…thanks to VHS. Who’d a thunk something so simple could such a major impact on a fishery:
Okay, different kind of VHS…this one a virus that affects fish:
> Most of the dead fish were freshwater drum (sheepshead) but there were also some carp, crappie, perch, largemouth bass and bluegill.
Literally saw thousands while pre-fishing…but never saw a dead walleye.
4. MN: Stanton/Olson win Zippel Bay ice-out pike tourney…
…on Lake of the Woods. John Stanton and Brycen Olson weighed a record 81.13 lbs for 12 fish. Total of 34 gators over 40″ were weighed during the contest. Big fish went 20.2 lbs. Full results and some pics here.
5. OH wants a $100 mil cleanup of Erie algae.
Need a math nut to figure out the cost per zebra mussel. #ChaChing
6. Newell Brands plans to sell Pure Fishing.
Curious to see who scoops ’em up, or some of their brands: Abu Garcia, Berkley, Fenwick, etc.
7. What’s Phantom Lures got up their sleeve?
Probably know their name from the muskie world, but they’ve also got a sick lineup of walleye cranks designed here in MN — check ’em out.
They posted a teaser pic on the socialz of a new bait being released this summer at ICAST. Word on the street is it’s a nasty deep-diver that big ‘eyes open their mouths for: