Week of April 22, 2013

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For Your Health

Some DNA changes linked with Prostate Cancer Development and Lethality

Particular DNA regions contributes to the development of prostate cancer

A new analysis has found that the loss or amplification of particular DNA regions contributes to the development of prostate cancer, and that patients with two of these DNA changes have a high likelihood of dying from the disease. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study provides valuable information on the genetics of prostate cancer and offers insights into which patients should be treated aggressively.

 

Cells can become cancerous when they lose or amplify pieces of DNA containing important genes. Using a method that can detect these genetic changes in cells from prostate tumors from 125 patients, Jianfeng Xu, MD, DrPh, Director of the Center for Cancer Genomics at the Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, and his colleagues at Wake Forest, Brady Urological Institute of Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, and Karolinska Institute of Sweden found that changes in 20 gene regions likely contribute to prostate cancer development. Four of these regions had not been reported before.

Importantly, changes in seven of the 20 regions were linked with early death from prostate cancer. Also, patients whose cancer cells had a loss of the PTEN gene and an amplification of the MYC gene were more than 50 times as likely to die from prostate cancer than other patients who had similarly staged tumors and prostate-specific antigen levels at the time of diagnosis. Analyses of 333 tumors from additional patients confirmed the link between PTEN and MYC and prostate cancer lethality.

 

In addition to providing new information about the genetic changes involved in the development and progression of prostate cancer, the findings may help guide doctors as they weigh different treatment options for patients with the disease. “For example, prostate cancer patients who have DNA copy number alterations at PTEN and MYC may not be appropriate candidates for active surveillance and should be treated intensively,” explained Dr. Xu.

 

CANCER is a peer-reviewed publication of the American Cancer Society integrating scientific information from worldwide sources for all oncologic specialties. CANCER is published by Wiley and can be accessed online at http://wileyonlinelibrary.com/journal/cancer.


 

Hunting & Shooting Products/Issues

Champion® Re-Stick Targets

Help Hunters Evaluate Turkey Loads

ANOKA, Minn. - April 19, 2013 - Sighting-in a turkey gun just got a whole lot easier with Champion® Re-Stick™ targets. These easy-to-apply, peel-and-stick targets have multiple adhesive strips that stick to most clean and dry surfaces. They are produced by adhesion expert 3M, the maker of Post-it® Brand Notes. Great for spring turkey hunting, the targets are available in a full-color, life-size gobbler design that includes a detailed note-taking section. This allows turkey hunters to quickly and accurately evaluate their load and choke combinations.

Innovative Turkey Design
The Re-Stick Turkey Sight-In target features two pattering circles with a grid of 1-inch squares. This same style of grid is used by shotshell manufacturers to evaluate hunting loads. Quickly review shots by counting the hits within the 10- and 15-inch circles and determine lethality by the

tallying the number of hits in the grid. An ideal pattern has at least one pellet in every square of the 10-inch circle with a majority of the 15-inch circle also covered.
 

Quick and Efficient
With no tape or staples needed, shooters can change their targets quickly and securely. To avoid a messy stack of loose targets, shooters can re-stick marked-up targets back onto the convenient pad for reviewing at a later time. The note-taking section has spaces for a variety of data including shell length, shot size, yardage and more. One pad offers 25 sheets, so hunters can compare multiple load and choke combinations.

Champion offers ten other Re-Stick target designs for sighting-in rifles, competition pistol shooting, hunting practice or just plinking at the range.

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Regional

Coast Guard restricts Illinois River passage

Sets safety zone, restrictions on portions due to heavy rains

WILLOWBROOK, Ill. – U.S. Coast Guard Chicago announced April 18 that a safety zone is in effect on the Illinois River between the towns of Joliet and Lacon, Ill. southwest of Chicago. This regulation is in effect from April 18 until April 30.

 

Officials from Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan and Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Chicago established a safety zone between mile marker 187.2 and 285.9 in response to hazardous river conditions resulting from two days of heavy rain.

 

All commercial and recreational vessels are prohibited from transiting or anchoring in the safety zone. Commercial vessels desiring to transit may be given authorization by Captain of the Port on a case-by-case basis, but may not lay up on levees and are restricted to fleeting operations.

 

The safety zone was established to ensure the safety of maritime operators and citizens of nearby towns, as well as property on and near the swollen river, which is forecasted to remain above safe levels for the next two weeks. For more info: Lt. Cmdr. David Otani, 630-336-0281.

 


Coast Guard, others respond to barges resting against Marseilles Dam

MARSEILLES, Ill. — The Coast Guard is investigating a marine casualty that occurred Thursday evening, April 18 on the Illinois River at the Marseilles Dam. 

 

Marine investigators from Marine Safety Unit Chicago responded to a report that the motor vessel Dale A. Heller, a 128-ft towing vessel, lost control of its tow due to strong river currents from Thursday’s heavy rainfall. Seven of the Dale A. Heller's 14 barges subsequently broke free and came to rest against the Marseilles Dam. The Coast Guard, responding to the area with other agencies, reports that there are

 

no injuries, pollution or breaches in the dam or nearby levees, and three cargo barges are partially submerged at the dam. 

 

Flood water is at a record high on the Illinois River and water is flowing over surrounding levees. The Dale A. Heller was down bound on the Illinois River approaching the entrance to the Marseilles Lock canal when strong river currents pushed the tow toward the dam. The captain of the towing vessel did not report any damage to his vessel from the incident.

 

The Marseilles Police Department shut down the Main Street Bridge, located directly downstream of the Marseilles Dam, as a safety precaution in case the barges pass through the dam.

 


Great Lakes Water Levels for April 19, 2013

WEATHER CONDITIONS

Heavy precipitation has fallen across the Great Lakes basin this week. To date in April, the overall Great Lakes basin has received over 150% of average precipitation, while the Lake Michigan-Huron basin has received 180% of average. Temperatures were above average early in the week but are expected to plummet below average heading into the weekend. Precipitation is expected to continue into Saturday for many areas, with some receiving a mix of precipitation or snow. Expect temperatures to rise back to near seasonal averages on Sunday or Monday. Some scattered showers are possible early next week.

LAKE LEVEL CONDITIONS

The water levels of Lakes Superior and Michigan-Huron are 4 and 10 inches, respectively, lower than their levels of a year ago. Lakes St. Clair, Erie, and Ontario are 5, 7, and 5 inches, respectively, lower than at this time last year. Over the next month, Lakes Superior and Michigan-Huron are both forecasted to rise 3 inches. The water level of Lake St. Clair is expected to remain near its current level while Lakes Erie and Ontario are projected to rise 2 and 4 inches, respectively, over the next thirty days.

FORECASTED MONTHLY OUTFLOWS/CHANNEL CONDITIONS

Lake Superior’s outflow through the St. Marys River is projected to be below average for the month of April. Lake Huron’s outflow into the St. Clair River and the outflow from Lake St. Clair into the Detroit River are also expected to be below average throughout the month of April. Lake

Erie’s outflow through the Niagara River is predicted to be below average and the outflow of Lake Ontario into the St. Lawrence River is expected to be below average in April.

ALERTS

Official records are based on monthly average water levels and not daily water levels. Lake Superior and Lake Michigan-Huron are below chart datum. Users of the Great Lakes, connecting channels and St. Lawrence River should keep informed of current conditions before undertaking any activities that could be affected by changing water levels. Mariners should utilize navigation charts and refer to current water level readings.

 

 

Superior

Mich-Huron

St. Clair

Erie

Ontario

Level for Apr 19

600.16

576.67

573.65

571.19

245.31

Datum, in ft

601.10

577.50

572.30

569.20

243.30

Diff in inches

-11

-10

+16

+24

+24

Diff last month

+1

+5

+9

+7

+7

Diff from last yr

-4

-10

-5

-7

-5

 


NRA to produce Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, PA

NRA chosen to continue tradition of great regional show in Pennsylvania

Replaces show canceled over gun ban

FAIRFAX, Va. -The Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center has selected the NRA to continue its 65-year tradition of hosting a sport show in Harrisburg, PA, starting in 2014. It is replacing the now-canceled Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show. The NRA says it plans to make the event a national show, and offer country concerts as well.


Recognized as the largest consumer sports and outdoor show in the country, the renamed Great American Outdoor Show will debut February 1-9, 2014. Attendees and exhibitors can anticipate an event filled with everything you have come to expect from the NRA. Hundreds of thousands of outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy nine days of shooting,

 

hunting, fishing, camping and boating exhibits, plus seminars, demonstrations, and evening entertainment.
 

The Harrisburg Chamber of Commerce said the NRA's involvement could offer an even larger economic impact than the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show, which had been a decades-long tradition. The old show had an estimated impact of $88 million. The Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitor's Bureau had said there was potential to make the show a much more appealing event throughout the region.

Although produced by the NRA, the Great American Outdoor Show will be open to all who enjoy the sporting and outdoor lifestyle.
The upcoming show will be in February.  To exhibit at the show: 866-343-1805 or www.greatamericanoutdoorshow.org.


Recent summary of Carp CAWS monitoring

No carp found in March or early April surveys

Monitoring occurred in the CAWS and upper Illinois Waterway upstream and downstream of the Dispersal Barrier. NO BIGHEAD OR SILVER CARP were reported captured or observed upstream of the Barrier, nor were any found in new locations downstream of the Barrier.

 

Three crews from the IDNR and two contracted commercial fishing crews completed 30 15-minute electrofishing runs at

five fixed sites (7.5 hours total) and 16 15-minutes runs at randomly selected locations in the four random site areas upstream of the Dispersal Barrier (4 hours total).The two contracted commercial fishing crews and assisting IDNR biologists set 3.1 miles of net (27 sets) at the five fixed sites and 2.2 miles of net (19 sets) at random sites upstream of the Barrier. No Bighead or Silver Carp were reported captured or seen above the Barrier.

 

Random sampling occured at multiple sites/dams along the Illinois River and Chicago Waterway System which includes the Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal, Cal Sag Channel and the Chicago, Grand and Little Calumet Rivers


 

General

Hypothermia chart to protect from cold

some people may need more protection  

 

 Water Temp

Hypothermia

Risk:

Appropriate

Clothing

60°F and up

low

clothing for the weather

55-59°F 

moderate

wetsuit or drysuit

45-54°F

high

drysuit recommended

below 45°F

extreme

drysuit strongly recommended


 

Cabela's 2013 Fish for Millions Promotion 

Cabela's announced their 2013 Fish for Millions program, a contest giving anglers a shot at up to $2 million in cash and nearly $275,000 in prizes by catching tagged fish in select lakes across the United States. The competition begins May 4.

 

Cabela's, Ranger Boats and Chevy are tagging fish in more than 100 lakes across 22 states - Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin - and every tagged fish caught will be a winner.

 

The premise is simple: catch specially tagged fish, and win prizes ranging from Cabela's gift cards and products, one of two Ranger boats, a new Chevy truck or a cash prize up to $2 million. The contest formerly named Wanna Go Fishing for Millions? debuted in 2011.

 

In 2012, 118 out of 1,000 winning fish were caught in Wanna Go Fishing for Millions? This year's competition will see the number of tagged fish increase to 1,500, as well as an increase in prizes.

One of the tagged fish could be worth $1 million. The grand prize will be doubled to $2 million for participants who are current users of the Cabela's shopping app, or who download the Cabela's shopping app to their mobile device. The app must be downloaded at least two days prior to fishing.  Other prizes include two Ranger 520Z Bass Series Comanche boats and trailers with Evinrude outboard motors, valued at $60,000 each, a 2014 Chevy Silverado Crew cab, valued at $55,000, and more than $90,000 in gear from Cabela's and Costa sunglasses.

 

All rules and requirements, contest details and registration information is here:, www.cabelas.com/fishformillions.  Registration began April 15. Cabela's will release the list of lakes before the promotion begins to those who register before April 30. Winners, and specific prizes, will be announced after the promotion ends July 7.

 

Species to be tagged this year include largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, white bass, black bass, walleye, perch, cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout, striped bass, wiper, crappie, blue gill, panfish, channel cat, muskie, and northern pike. Species will vary state-to-state.

 


 

2nd Amendment Issues

Why Convicted Felon's don't, won't, have to register their Firearms
The U.S. Supreme Court's 1968 Haynes v. U.S. decision says Haynes, a convicted felon, was convicted of unlawful possession of an
unregistered short-barreled shotgun. He argued that for a convicted felon to register a gun was effectively an announcement to the government that he was breaking the law and that registration violated his Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination. The court, by an 7 - 1 margin, agreed, concluding:

"We hold that a proper claim of the constitutional privilege against self-incrimination provides a full defense to prosecutions either for
failure to register a firearm. or for possession of an unregistered firearm." (Summary from American Rifleman, March 2000, page 20)

 

So, when these gun registration schemes are announced, be aware that only lawful gun-owners are required to register their firearms.
Unlawful owners are exempted from registration laws due to their constitutional protection against self-incrimination.


 

Illinois

Coast Guard restricts Illinois River passage

Sets safety zone, restrictions on portions due to heavy rains

WILLOWBROOK, Ill. – U.S. Coast Guard Chicago announced April 18 that a safety zone is in effect on the Illinois River between the towns of Joliet and Lacon, Ill. southwest of Chicago. This regulation is in effect from April 18 until April 30.

 

Officials from Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan and Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Chicago established a safety zone between mile marker 187.2 and 285.9 in response to hazardous river conditions resulting from two days of heavy rain.

All commercial and recreational vessels are prohibited from transiting or anchoring in the safety zone. Commercial vessels desiring to transit may be given authorization by Captain of the Port on a case-by-case basis, but may not lay up on levees and are restricted to fleeting operations.

 

The safety zone was established to ensure the safety of maritime operators and citizens of nearby towns, as well as property on and near the swollen river, which is forecasted to remain above safe levels for the next two weeks. For more info: Lt. Cmdr. David Otani, 630-336-0281.

 

 


Hunter and Boating Safety Education

Check the schedule online and sign up now for 2013 Hunter Safety Education and Boating Safety Education courses from the Illinois DNR. 

The website link for all IDNR Safety Education course information is www.dnr.illinois.gov/safety.

 


Register for Wingshooting Clinics

The IDNR and participating partners sponsor wingshooting clinics at sites throughout Illinois to help improve the shooting skills of participants. For a

complete schedule:

http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/programs/wingshooting/ WingshootingDates.htm


Camping Reservations

Make your campsite and shelter reservations for one of many IDNR sites online at: www.reserveamerica.com using a Visa or MasterCard.   For

more information, check the IDNR website at http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/ programs/camping/camprsvp.htm


 

Michigan

Fish stocking creates fishing opportunities in Michigan

The Michigan DNR is the middle of the new fish stocking season. This spring, DNR fish-stocking trucks will be pulling up to lake and stream banks throughout the state to release prized cargo.

 

Fish stocking is used to restore, enhance and create new fishing opportunities in Michigan’s inland lakes, streams and the Great Lakes. The DNR’s Fisheries Division accomplishes this task by rearing fish at its six fish production facilities located throughout the state; cooperatively managing up to 50 rearing ponds and 12 Great Lakes net pen locations; and by maintaining a fleet of 17 specialized fish stocking vehicles

Over the course of the year, the DNR will stock roughly 19 million fish

 

weighing nearly 370 tons, including eight species of trout and salmon and four coolwater species such as walleye and muskellunge. DNR fish-stocking vehicles will travel nearly 138,000 miles to stock more than 700 locations.

 

Michigan anglers have access to four Great lakes; 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline; more than 11,000 inland lakes; and more than 36,000 miles of rivers and streams. That puts residents and visitors no more than 10 minutes away from great angling opportunities and world-class fisheries.   Go to: www.michigandnr.com/fishstock for information on local fish-stocking locations.


Lake Erie daily walleye limit remains at six through

April 30, 2014

The Michigan DNR announced the daily limit for walleyes in Michigan's waters of Lake Erie will remain at six through April 30, 2014.

In 2011 Michigan adopted a process for setting creel limit regulations that allows the DNR to use real-time population data instead of using year-old survey results. This process parallels one adopted by Ohio in 2010.

 

"This regulations process is critical to helping us manage walleyes in Lake Erie in a timely manner," said DNR Lake Erie Basin Coordinator Todd Kalish. "In order to do that, we have to set regulations in March instead of the previous autumn."

 

Michigan's daily creel limit for walleyes on Lake Erie is based on its share of the Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for the lake, which is determined by the Lake Erie Committee under the guidance of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission. The TAC is generally based on overall abundance of

 

walleyes; the committee establishes quotas for each jurisdiction based on the percentage of habitat for adult walleyes in each jurisdiction's waters of the lake. The daily limit is based on a formula that projects how many walleyes anglers can keep but still remain within the quota.

 

The Total Allowable Catch for Lake Erie for 2013 is 3.356 million fish, making Michigan's quota 196,000 fish.  As a result of this regulations process, the creel limit for walleyes on Lake Erie is not set until TACs are determined each March, after the Michigan Fishing Guide goes to press. Anglers must check for changes annually. The DNR has developed a strategy to communicate the walleye creel limit that includes a statewide press release, informational flyers, updated online Fishing Guide, and a pre-recorded message at 888-367-7060 to inform anglers of the creel limit.

 

For 2013, there are no changes to either the fishing season or size limit for walleyes on Lake Erie.


Red Cedar River at MSU to be stocked with steelhead

To enhance fishing on campus 

The Michigan DNR announced approximately 3,000 steelhead were stocked this morning in the Red Cedar River at Michigan State U.

 

This stocking came on the heels of the MSU Board of Trustees approving an ordinance change this past December permitting hook-and-line fishing on campus grounds between the western edge of Brody Complex and the Sparty bridge on the north bank of the river only. This is the first time anglers can fish from the Red Cedar shore since the 1960s.

 

Previously the river was off-limits to shore fishing because the entire campus of MSU is considered a preserve and therefore, hunting, fishing

and gathering were off-limits. Additionally, there were safety concerns with fishing along the river bank and bridges due to the amount of pedestrian traffic.

 

Fishing the Red Cedar’s designated area will be allowed during a three-year test period. Good angling opportunities will include steelhead and sucker fishing in the spring, smallmouth bass in the summer, salmon in the fall, and a host of other native species throughout the open season.

 

A fishing license is required to fish the Red Cedar. If anglers plan to target trout and/or salmon they will need to purchase an All-Species license.For more information on fishing in Michigan, visit www.michigan.gov/fishing.


 

Minnesota

Walleye-poaching Case Largest in 20 Years
Nearly 40 people face charges after a large operation designated ”Operation Squarehook” busted a Minnesota walleye poaching ring. According to the Star Tribune, nearly 60 wildlife officials, federal employees, and law enforcement officers worked on the case over a period of three years. The poachers targeted Leech, Winnibigoshish, Cass, and Red lakes, some of the the state’s prime fishing real estate. The operation was loosely organized and dealt in black market walleye meat, selling for around $2 a pound. Other fish that couldn’t be sold were quickly dumped. Officials are still estimating the amount of fish poached.

“Those fish were just wasted,’’ said Jim Konrad of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Piles of rotting fish such as northern pike were discovered by DNR employees and led to breakthroughs in the case. The majority of the fish were sold to regular customers such as restaurants and taverns, whose owners also face charges. According to DNR commissioner Tom Landwehr, it’s the biggest case he’s seen in 20 years.

Some of the poachers belonged to the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, who were taking advantage of subsistence angling privileges. The Band specifically forbids commercial sales of walleye outside of a processor, which the band owns.

 

“This is a troubling case because it involved large numbers of people and a significant number of fish being illegally bought and sold,” said Landwehr. “The investigation should serve notice that the illegal commercialization of walleye and waste of game fish will not be tolerated in Minnesota.”

 

While this type of poaching falls under misdemeanors or gross misdemeanors, which can be punishable by a $500-$3,000 in fines and up to a year in jail, strict federal charges have been brought against the poachers due to alleged violations of the Lacey Act.

 


 

Pennsylvania

NRA to produce Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, PA

NRA chosen to continue tradition of great regional show in Pennsylvania

Replaces show canceled over gun ban

FAIRFAX, Va. -The Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center has selected the NRA to continue its 65-year tradition of hosting a sport show in Harrisburg, PA, starting in 2014. It is replacing the now-canceled Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show. The NRA says it plans to make the event a national show, and offer country concerts as well.


Recognized as the largest consumer sports and outdoor show in the country, the renamed Great American Outdoor Show will debut February 1-9, 2014. Attendees and exhibitors can anticipate an event filled with everything you have come to expect from the NRA. Hundreds of thousands of outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy nine days of shooting,

 

hunting, fishing, camping and boating exhibits, plus seminars, demonstrations, and evening entertainment.

 

The Harrisburg Chamber of Commerce said the NRA's involvement could offer an even larger economic impact than the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show, which had been a decades-long tradition. The old show had an estimated impact of $88 million. The Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitor's Bureau had said there was potential to make the show a much more appealing event throughout the region.

Although produced by the NRA, the Great American Outdoor Show will be open to all who enjoy the sporting and outdoor lifestyle.
The upcoming show will be in February.  To exhibit at the show: 866-343-1805 or www.greatamericanoutdoorshow.org.


Family Fishing Festivals Set for May and June

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) has scheduled several opportunities in May and June for families to learn fishing skills and enjoy fishing.

The PFBC is holding three Family Fishing Festivals in May and three in June. These events lead up to the two statewide Fish-for-Free Days - Memorial Day, May 27, and Independence Day, July 4.

"Family Fishing Festivals are a convenient way to introduce friends and family to the sport of fishing," said PFBC Executive Director John Arway. "While we offer family fishing programs throughout the year, the May and June events call more attention to the importance of fishing in the lives of many Pennsylvania families. Through the events, former and new anglers can try fishing at no cost. We know that once people try it, particularly kids, they will see that fishing is a great recreational activity and they will want to do it more."

Family Fishing Festivals are educational events designed for families with little or no fishing experience to have fun fishing together. Families will learn basic fishing skills and have an opportunity to practice those skills while fishing during the program.
 

Family Fishing Festivals will be hosted by the PFBC at these locations:
May 4 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Gifford Pinchot State Park, York County.
May 11 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Blue Marsh Lake, Berks County.
May 18 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Keystone State Park, Westmoreland County. Pavilion # 1.
June 8 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Bald Eagle State Park, Centre County.
June 22 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Lake Arthur, Moraine State Park, Butler County.
June 29 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Lackawanna Lake, Lackawanna State Park, Lackawanna County.

The PFBC is waiving the fishing license requirement during the program for registered Family Fishing Festival participants 16 and older. The program is open to all ages, including children ages 5 and up. The PFBC is providing equipment, bait and tackle. PFBC staff will be present to teach skills and assist those who fish. Preregistration is required.

Visit www.TakeMeFishingPa.com to register or learn more about these events. Space is limited, and there will be no registrations accepted the day of the event. In addition, PFBC partners will be hosting events throughout the month. These events can also be viewed at this website.


PFBC adds access areas

At its quarterly business meeting, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) authorized the acquisition of an access area along the Juniata River, added 42 new waters to the list of wild trout streams, proposed a regulation change to improve boating safety, and added two popular sections of Pine Creek to the list of waters open to year-round fishing.

 

Commissioners voted to accept the donation of a 4-acre parcel along 

State Route 1015 in Howe Township, Perry County, at River Mile 9.8 along the lower section of the Juniata River. The site is part of the Juniata River Water Trail and includes 1,000 feet of river frontage. Howe Township owns the land and has agreed to donate it to the PFBC, which plans to develop a single lane concrete plank boat launch ramp, expand the parking area and improve the access drive. The improvements will be made with a $54,775 grant the PFBC received from the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network.


 

Wisconsin

Inland Game Fish Season Opens May 4

MADISON – Anglers venturing out for the May 4, 2013, opening day of the inland fishing season will find strong fish populations -- particularly for bass -- and will want to use early season tactics to reel them in, state fisheries officials say.  “It’s been a long winter and people are eager to get out fishing and enjoy the excitement and tradition of opening day,” says Mike Staggs, Wisconsin’s fisheries director.

"The key will be for anglers to use early season fishing tactics since many fish species likely won’t have finished spawning,” he says.

 

Opening day of the 2013 regular inland fishing season follows the coldest March on record and is shaping up as the polar opposite of the 2012 season opener, which followed the hottest March on record. As of April 15, many lakes are still ice-covered in northern Wisconsin and water levels are higher than normal on many rivers, according to U.S. Geological Survey’s WaterWatch  website for current stream flows and flood watch conditions.

 

Staggs says that anglers planning to travel for opening day will want to call ahead to local bait shops or check online sources to learn about ice conditions, water levels and fishing conditions and take appropriate precautions. Anglers can find information about fish populations in specific waters in the 2013 Wisconsin Fishing Report. Forecasts are arranged by fish species.

 

Longtime DNR fish biologists and technicians share their predictions for the opener and their tips for catching fish given the low water temperatures and late spawning. A few excerpts are featured below and more tips for fishing when spring is late arriving [PDF] can be found by searching the DNR website for Fishing Wisconsin”. 

 

“When we have a late spring and ice-out we usually have the best early walleye fishing,” says Russ Warwick, longtime DNR fisheries technician based in Hayward. “The male walleyes are still shallow and are very hungry.”   

 

Warwick says northern pike will likely be in the shallow weeds and

 

feeding while bass and panfish will be very early pre-spawn on opening day and in deeper water than normal.

 

Longtime Madison lakes fish manager Kurt Welke says spring 2013 won’t be significantly different than any other opener. He expects things to be a little colder in the morning at first light and the bite may indeed be slower for fish being pursued with artificial rather than natural baits.

 

“I’d put my money on areas with good exposure to sun and whatever heat might have been driven into the system,” he says. “I’ll fish slower and deeper – no cast and crank – and try to keep my shadow behind me. I’ll be looking at the weather the days before for prevailing winds and any other advantages I can lever.”

 

Season dates and regulations

The 2013 hook-and-line game fish season opens May 4 on inland waters for walleye, sauger, and northern pike statewide.

 

The largemouth and smallmouth bass southern zone opens May 4, while the northern bass zone opens for catch and release only from May 4 through June 14, with the harvest season opening June 15. Statewide, the harvest seasons for bass have a minimum length limit of 14 inches with a daily bag limit of five fish in total.

 

Musky season opens May 4 in the southern zone and May 25 in the northern zone. The northern zone is the area north of highways 77, 64 and 29, with Highway 10 as the dividing line.

 

Regulations haven’t changed from last year; find the “2013-2014 Guide to Wisconsin Hook and Line Fishing Regulations” and "Inland trout regulations" by searching the DNR website for "fishing regulations".  Opening day bag limits for the Ceded Territory are also available online on the regulations web page and anglers are encouraged to check back frequently for any updates or to sign up for free fishing regulations updates.

 


Wisconsin seeks comments on Lake Michigan Plan

State is revising long-term fisheries management plan

MADISON – The state is revising its long-term fisheries management plan for Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan waters and invites anglers and others to provide ideas for future management goals and tasks.

 

“We’re starting another 10-year look forward and want to know if people have advice for continuing some of the great fishing the current plan has helped deliver, and advice on how to respond to the great changes we’re seeing in the ecosystem,” says Bill Horns, Great Lakes fisheries specialist for the Department of Natural Resources.

 

People who are interested in commenting can find the current plan, a review of progress on implementing that plan, and information about challenges to the ecosystem, on DNR’s website, dnr.wi.gov, by searching for keyword “Lake Michigan Plan.”

 

Comments can be sent to Bill Horns at William.Horns@Wisconsin.gov or Bill Horns, FH/4, Department of Natural Resources PO Box 7921 , Madison WI, 53707-7921.

 

DNR manages Lake Michigan fisheries in partnership with other state, federal, and tribal agencies, and in consultation with the public, particularly sport and commercial fishers. DNR’s “2003-2013 Lake Michigan Integrated Fisheries Management Plan” set four main goals: provide a diverse, balanced healthy ecosystem, a diverse, multi-species sport fishery, a stable commercial fishery and science based management.

 

To start the review process, DNR biologists and technicians who work on Lake Michigan and tributary waters reviewed the 2003-2013 plan task by task and inserted comments on whether the particular task or “tactic” was undertaken.

 

“In general, we made good progress toward the things we said we would do,” Horns says. Among those accomplishments were managing chinook

populations to fuel a run of fantastic fishing (four of the top six chinook

harvests occurred in the past eight years), and then successfully working with states starting in 2006 to adjust stocking levels to better balance the number of fish stocked with available food.

 

Completing the major renovation of Wild Rose State Fish Hatchery, the main supplier of trout and salmon to Lake Michigan, enhancing walleye and northern pike spawning habitat in the Milwaukee and Menominee rivers and in roadside ditches along Green Bay are among the tasks achieved. Removal of barriers to fish passage in the Milwaukee River, sturgeon rehabilitation using stream-side rearing facilities in the Kewaunee and Milwaukee Rivers, and stocking of Great Lakes spotted musky in Green Bay to support the popular fishery established there over the last decade were among the other accomplishments.

 

Horns says that over the last decade the open water area in the middle of the lake has become much less productive, a change that most biologists attribute to the arrival and proliferation of the quagga mussel. Quagga mussels have colonized soft substrates in cold, deep waters, and have displaced zebra mussels from nearshore waters. They filter large volumes of water to remove plankton, and are credited with altering the entire food chain from the bottom up.

 

“The main fact we have to recognize and confront is that the ecosystem has changed and will likely continue to change. So what worked before may not work in the future,” Horns says.

 

Another major challenge is the need for renovating the fish production system, including importantly for Lake Michigan fishing, the Kettle Moraine State Fish Hatchery.

 

“Given the changes to Lake Michigan and the need to invest in our hatcheries, input from anglers and others is critical in developing a plan that keeps Lake Michigan healthy and provides sport and commercial anglers with good opportunities,” Horns says.

For More Information Contact: Bill Horns (608) 266-8782


Discounted licenses seek to reel in new anglers

Will lure others back to the water

For the second year, anglers who have never purchased a fishing license -- or who haven't purchased one in 10 years -- can get a discounted first time buyers license. The discounts are automatically applied when the license is purchased. Residents' discounted license is $5 and non-residents' is $25.75 for the annual licenses.

 

Anglers who recruit new people into the sport can get rewarded for their efforts. Wisconsin residents who have been designated as a recruiter

three or more times within one license year are eligible for a discount on the license of their choice the next year. Anglers can buy a one-day

fishing license that allows them to take someone out to try fishing, and if they like it, the purchase price of that one-day license will be credited toward purchase of an annual license. The one day license is $8 for residents and $10 for nonresidents.

 

Buying a license is easy and convenient over the Internet through the Online Licensing Center on the DNR website at all  authorized sales locations, or call toll-free 877-LICENSE (1-877-945-4236).


 

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