1. Flood warning moves NWT opener.
Was supposed to be on Pool 4 of the Mississippi River — now at Lake Winnebago, WI:
> Rapid melting of snow…with rain in the forecast…created a perfect storm. After significant research and deliberation with state and local authorities, NWT tournament director Anthony Wright made the decision to relocate the event to Oshkosh.
> The river will crest in Red Wing May 2 [per a hydrologist from the National Weather Service] at a flood level of 17. The harbor master in Red Wing confirmed ramps in the area will close starting at level 12…NWS expects the river to still be at level 12 or above as the event was scheduled to kick off.
> Anthony Wright: “Ultimately we wanted to do everything possible to keep this event in Red Wing. At the end of the day, the safety concerns associated with the flooding are simply too great to ignore.”
Isn’t the first time they’ve been to Winnebago — know these guys are excited:
2. MN: $3K Sea Foam scholarships up for grabs…
…to the top 3 teams in the High School Division at the charity MN Fishing Challenge — go and get ’em kiddos:
Good people at Sea Foam.
3. MN: Vermilion walleye population up.
Average size is too.
Same for WI’s Minocqua Chain of Lakes.
4. MN: Fishing Classic happenin’ Jun 16 on Gull Lake.
All proceeds benefit the campers and programs at Confidence Learning Center. Plus where else can you get: a full-day guide trip + three meals + a chance at a bunch of prizes = for just $200??? Crazy good deal — more deets here.
Tony Roach, Gary and Garett Griffin won the walleye division at last year’s Fishing Classic with a 3-fish bag of 14 lbs 2 oz:
Who’s going to take home the “W” this year on Jun 16?
5. MN: Pike regs same for Lake of the Woods…
…as a “border water.” Rest of the state has new pike zones and limits.
6. Zippel Bay ice-out pike tourney bumped back.
Now May 5-6 thanks to all the ice.
7. MN: Will Leech Lake still have ice on opener?
Still covered up per this David Shefland shot from earlier today looking out of Walker City Park.
8. New smaller Humminbird SOLIX.
Crazy how now-a-days a 10.1″ unit is on the smaller-end.
9. New NPAA members-only FB group.
NPAA = National Professional Anglers Association…composed of professional guides, tourney anglers, fishin’ educators and industry folk who are passionate about the sport. More info here.
10. Rapala Shad Raps are 20% off…
…until Sunday. #ColdWaterKillers
11. Brunswick (Lund, Crestliner, etc) had a better Q1.
> Brunswick’s marine businesses had revenue growth of 8% in the quarter, with a very strong increase in operating earnings versus first quarter 2017.
12. TX: Nitros now sold at Cabela’s.
Ranger had been the flagship boat in Cabela’s.
> Winnipeg-based Probe Research is doing the study that covers everything from spending on tackle, beer and boats to views on how good — or not-so-good — the fishing has been lately on the Red and Lake Winnipeg.
Survey takes 15-ish minutes and you’ll be entered to win 1 of 3 prizes worth a total of $800 — more importantly you’ll be doing a good thing for the sustainability of the fishing up there.
Click here to take the survey — use the password: Manitoba