1. SD: State officials want boat ramps shut down.
Closed in general, but especially to non-residents ‘cuz “they [MN, IA] have the virus worse in their states, and they don’t need to bring it here.” #Touché
But the SD G&F says they are “evaluating circumstances every day, as is the rest of the country” and:
> “We want to make sure folks are following those CDC guidelines and the guidelines Gov. Noem laid out — the social distancing, the handwashing. But we want people to get outside, enjoy the outdoors and still practice those CDC guidelines during this difficult time.”
Until next year. Was supposed to be held in in Otter Tail County.
3. WI DNR wants you to practice “walleye distancing.”
Stay away from those folks who only catch little ones:
4. WI: New walleye regz on the Winnebago system.
As of today (Apr 1). Dropped to a 3-fish bag limit (was 5) with only 1 being a sauger, and no size limit.
Includes Lake Winnebago, Poygan, Winneconne, Butte des Morts, and all tributaries that feed the system.
5. DC: Fishing industry asked governors to support fishing.
> The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) recently sent letters to each of the 50 governors requesting that they keep recreational fishing opportunities and businesses open as much as possible.
> “In no way do we want to stand in the way of states’ efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 and recognize that in certain cases fishing access restrictions are warranted. In general, ASA believes that recreational fishing should be promoted as a safe outdoor activity compatible with physical distancing guidelines.
> “Given that recreational fishing provides health benefits associated with being outdoors, and a source of food for many individuals, we support state efforts to maintain fishing opportunities while keeping physical distance, and to allow sportfishing businesses to stay open as much as possible….”
Legit one piece of equipment every fish-head should own is the Berkley Line Stripper Max — attaches to a cordless drill so you can peel off a pile of line right quick = serious time-saver:
Work smarter, not harder….
7. Coast Guard: How to clean your Covid PFD.
Who’da thunk this would ever be relevant news. Crazy times.
8. CO calls off walleye spawning operations.
9. IN’s cutting back fish stocking too.
10. Quick Tommy Skarlis update from this AM.
Scans showed that his tumor had slightly shrunk, and his blood numbers showed that his immune system was good. Bless you, fishing brother!
11. Mike Iaconelli joins the NPAA board.
NPAA = National Professional Anglers Association…composed of professional guides, tourney anglers, fishin’ educators and industry folk who are passionate about the sport and want to educate anglers about the business side of it.
12. CT: You now need an AIS Stamp on your boat…
…whether you’re a resident or not. AIS = Aquatic Invasive Species.
13. FishUSA has NFT Long-Shank Fire-Balls in stock…
…for you shiner-pitchers. I will forever be a sucker for the “UV purple tiger” color. #Jackpot #Works