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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2020

TOP STORY
North Equity announces the acquisition of a number of media brands from Bonnier Corporation. The acquisition includes Popular Science, Popular Photography, Saveur, Outdoor Life, Field & Stream, Better You and Interesting Things.
BOATING
With a fifth storm of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season bearing down the Gulf Coast, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) can help boaters prepare for Hurricane Delta with no-cost tools, tips and downloadable information at BoatUS.com/Hurricane-Prep.
Under a new partnership with BoatUS, buyers of new 2021 EZ Loader Boat Trailers now receive access to 24/7 roadside assistance for both a disabled boat trailer and its tow vehicle.

CONSERVATION
This large Central Florida marsh area will cleanse water for Lake Griffin and the Ocklawaha River and restore outstanding fishing, waterfowling and birdwatching opportunities, according to Florida's FWC.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the St. Johns River Water Management District have completed a series of management actions designed to enhance fish and wildlife habitat and improve public access at Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area - 3 in Lake County.
ENVIRONMENT
Though many of us in the conservation community have expressed concerns at the mining policies of the White House, there's some justification for the effort, says Sect. of the Interior David Bernhardt.

FISHERIES
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will host a third virtual meeting to hear from anyone interested in Lake Michigan whitefish Oct. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m.
The council took action on red drum, reef species, cobia and other species during the session.
The Council will hear presentations on Deepwater Horizon Open Ocean Fish Restoration and the 2019 Report to Congress on Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing.

The final agenda and meeting materials for the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s 79th Annual Meeting Webinar (October 19-22, 2020) are now available at http://www.asmfc.org/home/2020-annual-meeting-webinar.
INDUSTRY
MidwayUSA announces the release of "The Walrus Experience", a short story by Larry Potterfield, Founder and CEO of MidwayUSA.
LEGISLATION
The act supports wetlands conservation, establishes a CWD task force, authorizes National Fish Habitat Partnership funding and lots more.
MEDIA
Ducks Unlimited is pleased to announce the launch of Wetlands America, the journal of Wetlands America Trust (WAT), the land trust of Ducks Unlimited.
ORGANIZATIONS
SIMMS, a leading manufacturer of fishing gear and apparel, has renewed its Silver Sponsorship of Bonefish & Tarpon Trust’s Florida Keys Initiative, which seeks to protect, restore and conserve the Keys’ flats fishery through research and education.
PADDLE SPORTS
Whether watching wildlife, catching a few fish, or just relaxing and taking in the fall colors as trees begin to change, MDC offers plenty of recreational paddling opportunities, just a short drive from home.
RADIO
Jeff reports on last weekend’s Master Walleye Circuit tournament in Spring Valley, Illinois and heads to the Quad Cities for this weekend’s World Walleye Championship.
STATES
Coming to 43 easy-to-fish locations around Nebraska: more than 50,000 rainbow trout.
This super feisty, yet very tasty, marine fish is a favorite among many New Englanders.
Tighter size and harvest limits plus a closed season are among the proposals aimed at improving flounder stocks.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has relaxed the fishing regulations at Lake Ahquabi and Hooper Lake in Warren County to allow anglers to more freely harvest fish before the lakes are drained in mid-summer 2021.
The Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) is joining the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), the Southern Group of State Forester (SGSF) and others in recognizing this week, October 4-10, as National Fire Prevention Week.
STREAMING VIDEO
This week on a new episode of Fish Addictions TV it is the second stop of the 2019 National Walleye Tour season at Green Bay, Wisconsin.
TOURNAMENTS
The 2020 Toyota Series Southwestern Division will wrap up their season with a tournament next week in Brookeland, Texas, Oct. 15-17, with the Toyota Series at Sam Rayburn Reservoir.
WILDLIFE
Bears in fall go into a power-eating marathon called hyperphagia, during which they consume 10 times as many calories as they need during the spring and summer, which means finding 20,000 calories a day or more.
In the unfortunate event of a hooked seabird, don’t cut or break the line--instead, follow these suggestions from NOAA Fisheries.

Chuck Long Arkansas GFC Northeast Regional Educator, Jonesboro, AR

JONESBORO — As the temperatures drop and the leaves change color, the thoughts of most outdoors fans turn to the pursuit of deer, ducks, squirrels and other game. Fishing is put on the back burner, but the changing seasons and dropping temperatures will spur many fish into a feeding frenzy that can lead to some of the best angling days of the year.

As waters warm in the early months of the year, fish are spurred to the shallows looking to spawn. Initiated by water temperature, this move to the shallows can occur at different times for different species, thus providing target species at different times. But during the fall months, all these species are driven to congregate by the need to feed before winter sets in. This provides anglers with a possible mixed bag on any given day. Fall fish are there to feed and their voracious appetites make them great targets for a day on the water.

The fall feed occurs on lakes, rivers, streams and creeks and each one provides an angler with great opportunities. These fish will also fall for a wide variety of baits, thus allowing an angler to be successful with their favorite style of fishing.

Fish in large, clear-water upland impoundments often follow large schools of shad. These shad are also trying to feed before winter sets in and can be found on long points, drop-offs and brush piles. Small crankbaits can be good, but the fish might also hit spoons or even topwaters. Perhaps one of the most overlooked lures for fall fishing is a 3-inch paddletail grub. Fished on a ?-ounce jighead, a smoke or pearl grub will catch most any fish in the lake, including bass, crappie, white bass, stripers and even an occasional catfish.

All sorts of fish fall for a simple white grub. In smaller lowland lakes, the fish tend to venture toward shoreline cover. Cypress trees and brush piles, especially those that might be in a little deeper water are often used as ambush points by hungry fish. Smaller lakes provide a little more targeted fishing, so lures like a jig and pig and spinnerbaits can produce bass. Crappie in these lakes will fall for the standard crappie jigs in a color appropriate for the water. In clearer water, natural colors like smoke and pearl will produce, while dirtier water may call for a red or black with chartreuse. A 1/16-ounce jighead with a jig in the 2- to 3-inch range will be very appealing to a crappie trying to beef up for the winter.

Flowing waters offer their most interesting fishing of the year as the leaves change and begin to fall. Many species of fish that inhabit rivers and streams will begin to feed aggressively and often stack in large numbers in the same general locations in search of food. A very important tool in fishing a river is being able to read the river and its current flow. Falling leaves can provide a great clue of likely locations to cast a line. As the leaves fall and settle on the water’s surface, they will flow downstream with the current and these flowing leaves will tell an observant angler exactly where to cast. Eddies, backflows and current breaks will be evident by the actions of the leaves on the surface, thus indicating likely locations a fish could be using as an ambush point.

A white or white/chartreuse spinnerbait is a tried and true lure for river bass in the fall. Targeting eddies and backflows with a jig and pig or a creature bait can also be very effective. Once again, the traditional crappie jigs will catch papermouths and a variety of other species, but a step up to a slightly heavier jighead and a slightly larger profile jig can be very productive. A black-and-chartreuse jig fished slowly in an eddy or behind a current break can fill a cooler with river crappie.

Whether it be a river or lake, fall is a great time to be on the water. Not only are the fish actively feeding, the crowds have dwindled and the scenery can be spectacular.

For Arkansas fishing spots, check out agfc.com under the "Fishing" tab and also see the weekly fishing report.

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