1. US/CAN: Sounds like St. Clair River is loaded with walleyes.
There was a smallmouth derby out there recently, and:
> “Guys were telling me they were having trouble getting bass because walleye were getting in the way….”
> “It’s pretty annoying,” he said with a laugh. “You think you’ve got a nice bass on and it turns out to be a walleye. It’s like ‘geez.'”
Man, I need to take a road trip somewhere, anywhere, because it’s usually the opposite problem…by a long shot lol.
2. Lake Erie angler survey data for July:
> Angler effort in July 2022 was just below the 20-yr avg (88,534 angler-hours) but more than 20,000 angler hours over the effort seen last July. A large majority of July anglers (83%) targeted walleye.
> Daytime walleye angling effort was the 6th highest in the last 20 yrs, with 70,669 angler hours spent (average = 59,570 angler hours).
> Anglers targeting walleye harvested 4.4 fish per boat trip on average, with a catch rate of 0.47 fish per hr, the 3rd highest July catch rate for walleye in the last 20 yrs, behind only 2018 and 2019. About 10% of daytime walleye anglers achieved a 6-fish limit with an average size of 20.5″.
3. SK: Folks concerned with North Saskatchewan R. walleye pop…
> “We’re not seeing many fish that are over the 10-, 11-, 12-lb mark whereas 15 yrs ago there were 13-, 14-, 15-lb fish caught every year.”
Lol try coming down this way and you’ll never see a true 10-lb walleye ever again.
Okay, okay…I know it’s a serious topic, I just couldn’t help myself because I’m jealous of the caliber of fish folks are accustomed to way up yonder.
4. CO: Drought and irrigation will drain 2 reservoirs.
> CO Parks & Wildlife has issued emergency fish salvages at Queens and Jumbo reservoirs…lifted all size and bag limits…because drought and irrigation calls on the water are expected to leave the lake dry.
Bummer ‘cuz there’s big walleyes in there too. Was a 2-day tourney on Jumbo this spring and there were 8+lbers brought in each day. Biggest bag came on day 1 and was 28.20-lbs, which is solid anywhere in the walleye world.
5. IA: DNR to treat Great Lakes for invasive Eurasian watermilfoil.
> …Eurasian watermilfoil is growing at multiple locations in East Okoboji Lake, Upper Gar Lake, Lake Minnewashta, and Lower Gar Lake….
> Surveys conducted in Spirit Lake, Center Lake, and West Okoboji Lake did not detect Eurasian watermilfoil.
> “We are aggressively developing a management plan to immediately treat areas of the lakes where the plant has been detected with an aquatic herbicide approved for use on lakes and drinking water sources. These aquatic herbicides have very few label restrictions. Contact with the water after treatment is safe for fishing or other recreational activities.”
6. Shout-out to the “Cast it Forward” non-profit…
…who “provides cost-free walleye excursions for those who might not otherwise get the chance.”
7. Quick vid of MEGA Live TargetLock in action.
Dang, would this ever be slick: