Thursday, September 21, 2017

 
COMPETITIONS
Winning 1st Place overall heaviest bass in the tournament was James Clark from Denham Springs, Louisiana with his 10.57-pound bass, which earned him $1,500 for the hour, a 2017 Triton 19 TRX, powered by Mercury, a RAM Truck plus an additional $7,000.
Do-It Corporation pro David Cox and tournament partner Steve Hockett were the top rods in the Crappie Masters Circuit, thanks in part to Cos's custom-made lures crafted with Do-It molds.

ENFORCEMENT
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's K-9 Conservation Corps has a lively new recruit, Moxie.

EVENTS
To encourage people to share their love of the outdoors, the focus of this year's National Hunting and Fishing Day, celebrated Saturday, Sept. 23, is to challenge every hunter and angler to take someone with them on their next outdoor adventure.
Noted conservationist and Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris will be joined by former Presidents and hundreds of North America's conservation leaders to unveil the all-new Wonders of Wildlife National Museum Aquarium, located in the center of America's heartland in Springfield, Missouri.
The Heartland Classics Antique and Classic Boat Show will be held Saturday, October 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum at 120 Riverfront Park Drive in North Little Rock.
Outdoor enthusiasts are invited to Stonewall Resort State Park in Lewis County for West Virginia's Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day, Sept. 23-24.

FISHERIES
Meetings for public input on recreational halibut fisheries are slated for Sept. 26 in North Bend and Sept. 27 in Newport.

FISHING TIPS
Find catfish, walleye, sauger and bass close to natural or manmade habitat features such as riffles, log-jams or rock as cooler waters turn on the fall bite.

INDUSTRY
Costa Del Mar, manufacturer of premium polarized sunglasses for life on and off the water, announced that T.J. McMeniman has joined as the brand's new vice president of marketing
After three years of outstanding Dealer Summits, AFFTA continues what is now tradition with our most comprehensive seminar line-up to date, October 15-18, 2017 in Bozeman, Montana, in the heart of trout country.
The Talon SS4 is a unique propeller that combines instant acceleration and high lifting capability with the stealth approach needed to help dominate flats fishing.

ORGANIZATIONS
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) recognized nine individuals, one state agencies and one private landowner for their dedication to advancing fish and wildlife conservation at the Association's Annual Awards Ceremony held on September 12, 2017 in Snowbird, Utah. 

Yesterday, NMMA sent letters to key members of the Florida and Texas Congressional delegations outlining the need for federal disaster resources to be available to help the boating industry in the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

RADIO
Bassmasters held its hugely successful Angler of the Year tournament on Lake Mille Lacs last weekend, and listeners to the Sept. 23 Outdoor News Radio broadcast will hear a thorough report and breakdown of this Minnesota event with regular contributor and bass angler Joe Albert.

STATES
Leon Brooks Hines (Escambia County) Public Fishing Lake will temporarily close on October 1, 2017, due to the resignation of the lake manager.
State fishery managers are seeking public comment on a proposed package of simplified recreational fishing regulations for freshwater species, such as steelhead, trout and warmwater fish.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) seeks public comment on a new request to provide a waiver from the state's fish passage requirement on a culvert owned by Weyerhauser.
Participants will investigate a range of fish, from the small, colorful darters that look like pieces of rare jewelry, to some of Missouri's larger game fish.
The Board of Public Works has unanimously approved the Maryland Department of Natural Resources acquisition of 2,009 acres in Western Maryland for the development of a new state park.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will hold a public meeting Sept. 25 regarding the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission's recent Notice of Intent (NOI) to remove the protective slot limit regulation for black bass on Caney Creek Reservoir in Jackson Parish.
Catchable-size rainbow trout are being stocked in city ponds and lakes across the state by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

TOURNAMENTS
Brandon Palaniuk caught 62 pounds, 3 ounces of bass to finish in 20th place, earning the points he needed to surpass Oklahoma Pro Jason Christie by a final margin of 902 to 888 points, and claim his first Angler of the Year title during the Toyota® Mille Lacs Championship tournament.
After two full days of fishing the Bassmaster Classic Bracket last-chance tournament on Pokegama Lake, four anglers moved a step closer to earning a berth in the 2018 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK'S Sporting Goods to be held on South Carolina's Lake Hartwell.

Minnesota Evaluation Seeks Efficiencies for Walleye Stocking


Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

A new review has found that greater efficiencies can be realized in a walleye stocking program that doubled the amount of young walleye called fingerlings released into Minnesota lakes starting in the late 1990s.

The review by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources centered on the 254 lakes in the Accelerated Walleye Program. As a result of the review, the DNR plans to continue stocking fingerlings in some of these lakes at the same rate, but on other lakes anglers will benefit from actually reducing fingerling stocking rates.

"With fish stocking, sometimes less is more," said Don Pereira, DNR fisheries chief. "Our review found that 70 percent of the 254 lakes saw no improvement in walleye numbers – some even had declines in walleye – after we massively increased stocking in them. That tells us we need to be more efficient in how we stock fingerlings."

Going forward, area fisheries managers will continue to play a significant role in setting stocking levels, with stocking tied to lake management plans that include considerations of a lake's available habitat, prey availability and past success stocking fish. They have been working with lake associations and other interested anglers to review the results of this evaluation on individual lakes and consider changes to lake management plans based on the findings.

The review found:

  • On 70 lakes, stocking at high densities should continue.
  • On 45 lakes, stocking will continue at high densities until evaluations can be completed.
  • On 10 lakes, stocking density or stocking frequency should be increased.
  • On 85 of the 254 lakes, stocking density should be reduced.
  • On 36 lakes, stocking should be converted to fry.
  • On eight lakes, stocking should be discontinued.


"Walleye fishing is excellent in Minnesota because of the large lakes and habitat in other high quality lakes and rivers that support natural walleye reproduction," Pereira said. "In fact, some 85 percent of the walleye caught in Minnesota are wild."

Overall in Minnesota, anglers catch most walleye from waters where the fish reproduce naturally – about 260 larger walleye lakes and in large rivers. Because of stocking, walleye can be found in an additional 1,300 Minnesota lakes spread throughout the state. And where fry stocking works well, walleye abundance is close to the abundance in the state's top lakes with natural reproduction and considerably higher than lakes stocked with fingerlings.

Fingerlings are several months old; fry are newly hatched fish. Roughly one-third of the fry hatched each year by the DNR are kept in rearing ponds throughout the summer and are stocked as fingerlings in the fall. The other two-thirds of the fry are stocked directly into lakes within a few days of hatching. Fisheries biologists check on the survival of stocked fingerlings or fry with follow-up assessments.

To know what lakes are stocked, locate a lake at mndnr.gov/lakefind and click the fish stocking tab. General information about fishing in Minnesota can be found at mndnr.gov/fishing.
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