Fishing Wire Ranger Boats ICAST
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13, 2019

COMPETITION
Cold and dirty water will determine the baits with which Bassmaster Classic contenders Ott DeFoe, Jacob Wheeler and Seth Feider will catch bass this week on Ft. Loudon and Tellico lakes near Knoxville, Tennessee.
FISHERIES
MREP provides fishermen and others with an interest in federal fisheries with an opportunity to gain insight into how fisheries data are collected and how those data lead to regulations.
According to New York's DEC fishing quality in 2018 was particularly good for Chinook salmon and brown trout in the big lake.

Since the program began in 2014, DEC stocked over 17,000 sauger fingerlings and 700,000 sauger fry in the Allegheny River and Reservoir with hopes of establishing a self-sustaining population.
Mille Lacs anglers will be able to keep one walleye between 21 and 23 inches or one walleye over 28 inches from Saturday, May 11, through Friday, May 31.
NEW PRODUCTS
Bringing bass anglers versatility for easy pitching and flipping, along with the ability for long distance casting with a wide variety of lures, Shimano introduces the next generation Antares baitcasistng reel.

Light weight, responsiveness, and sensitivity will be what anglers experience in Shimano’s new Poison Adrena bass rods, being introduced this week at the Bassmaster Classic Outdoor Expo in Knoxville, Tenn., and soon to be available from select tackle dealers throughout the U.S. and Canada.
The new squarebill Chubble, the Deracoup spintail jig, the Chopcut topwater and the Riser Bait surface attracter are all available for a first look at the Bassmaster Classic Expo.
Building on extensive customer feedback, St. Croix is proud to introduce two rods designed specifically for fishing crankbaits, rattlebaits and Chatterbaits—techniques seeming to get more play day after day for their near magical fish-catching potential.

The Wameku Shad 70 features a very high pitch knocking sound that is very distinct, and different from other rattle baits currently on the market.
With the growing trend in nighttime bass fishing tournaments, PowerPro expands the award-winning Super8Slick V2 braid line-up with its new ‘Moon Shine’ color, featuring a special process that makes the braid glow when used under blacklight.
PRO TEAMS
Mossy Oak Fishing Team Pro, 27-year-old Jordan Lee of Grant, Alabama, has a chance to rewrite the history of bass fishing at the 2019 Bassmaster Classic this week at the Tennessee River on Fort Loudon and Tellico lakes.

SEMINARS
The Missouri Department of Conservation’s Cape Girardeau Nature Center will host professional fisherman Josh Gowan this Saturday, March 16, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
SHOWS
Newport Exhibition Group announced today that its 49th Annual Newport International Boat Show will take place September 12th through 15th, 2019 at the Newport Yachting Center in downtown Newport, Rhode Island.
The 34th annual Palm Beach International Boat Show takes place Thursday, March 28 through Sunday, March 31 along Flagler Drive in downtown West Palm Beach, directly across the Intracoastal Waterway from Palm Beach Island.
STATES
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is gearing up to release more than 300,000 brown, golden and rainbow trout throughout the state during its annual spring trout stocking.
Staff at the Cornell Biological Field Station, through support from DEC, are conducting a creel survey on Oneida Lake this winter, the first since the 2007 ice fishing season.
It may not feel like boating season yet, but boating safety advocates are urging boaters to “Keep Your Edge” by enrolling in a boating education course this spring.
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is teaming up with the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) this month as part of the Spring Aboard – Take a Boating Education Course campaign to encourage boaters to enroll in a boating education course.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will relax the fishing regulations at Lake of the Hills, Railroad Lake, Lambach Lake and Bluegrass Lake at West Lake Park starting April 1st to allow anglers to more freely harvest fish before the lakes’ water levels are lowered this summer.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) works with BoaterExam and Boat-Ed to offer online boater education courses and during Spring Aboard campaign week March 17-23, these companies will be offering 50 percent off the price of their on-line course.
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation along with many statewide conservation partner groups are very concerned about several pieces of wildlife-related legislation moving through the Oklahoma Senate over the next three days.
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Aquatic Education Section’s mission is to serve as the principal advocate for and steward of South Carolina’s natural resources.
TELEVISION
Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s has signed on as the presenting sponsor of Outdoor Channel’s original series The Brigade: Race to the Hudson, slated to premiere April 22 at 
8 p.m. on the outdoor lifestyle and adventure network.
WASHINGTON
In support of President Donald J. Trump’s America-First Offshore Energy Strategy, Interior’s Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management Joe Balash and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Acting Director Walter Cruickshank today announced that BOEM proposes to offer 78 million acres for a region-wide lease sale scheduled for August 2019.

FISHING CALENDAR
March 16
Longest Trout All-Release Tournament

Tampa Bay, $25 entry, PowerPole Shallow Water Anchor as first prize, proceeds to Angling for Relief pediatric cancer relief, Salty Shamrock in Apollo Beach; https://www.facebook.com/fishingisrelief

March 22-24
Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic

State Fairgrounds in Columbia, S.C.; www.psc@dnr.sc.gov

May 16-19
Emerald Coast Open Lionfish Tournament

Destin, Florida, cash prizes for most lionfish brought in; www.emeraldcoastopen.com

May 23-24
2019 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops

June 3-9
Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic

Golden Nugget Casino and Hotel, Biloxi, MS; mgcbc.com

 
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