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Berkley PowerBait 4 3/4" Slim Shaky Worm

Finesse Fishing at its Best

It doesn’t matter if you are fishing in a tournament or trying to out fish your buddy, when fishing gets tough anglers reach for finesse tackle. PowerBait® 4 3/4 Slim Shaky Worms will entice more bites, giving you the winning edge when it counts most.

 “Many of the lakes that BASS Elites fish are pounded by local traffic,” said Boyd Duckett, Berkley® Pro Team Member. “Finesse

fishing has become a go-to method to coax pressured fish to strike. PowerBait 4 3/4 Slim Shaky Worms are perfect for these types of situations. It is easy to rig it on a light jig or fine wire hooks.”

 

Tying on a drop-shot rig is one of the most preferred ways to fish the Slim Shaky Worm. With a drop-shot weight, size of weight depends on current, rig the Slim Shaky worm to desired depth. To fish the drop shot throw out and slowly drag along the bottom.

 

Another popular technique for the Slim Shaky worm is the

shaky head. Rig up the Slim Shaky on a light shaky head jig, cast out around cover and bounce and drag back to your location.

 

A uniquely designed tail creates slightly more vibration during “the shake”, attracting more fish. Baits are packaged with PowerBait scent and flavor, which fish bite and won’t let go. With exclusive PowerBait scent and flavor, fish hold on 18 times longer for more positive hook sets.

 

Slim Shaky Worms are available in eight different pro-selected colors, Baby Bass, Blue Fleck, Green Pumpkin, Purple, Pumpkinseed, Watermelon, Watermelon Big Red and Watermelon Candy.

About $3.99 per package of twelve

 

berkley@purefishing.com 800-237-5539

 

www.berkley-fishing.com


Hunting & Shooting Products/Issues

Taurus Introduces New Judge Public Defender Ultra-Lite

MIAMI - For 2010 Taurus took the Judge Public Defender and made it even lighter with an incredible Ultra-Lite® aluminum frame. This new Public Defender weighs a mere 20.7 ounces, yet still delivers the same devastating firepower that makes its brothers famous. Nothing could be better for a nightstand gun or as a lightweight pack gun on trips through the backcountry.

 

Capable of chambering both the .410 shotgun shells and .45 Colt ammunition, this amazing 5-shot combo gun is ideal for short distances - where most altercations occur - or longer

 

distances with the .45 LC ammunition. The rifling has been finely tuned on this small frame revolver to spread the shot pattern at close quarters or to guide the bullet to the target. The Public Defender also features a reduced profile hammer that will not catch or snag for a quick and reliable draw.

 

The Public Defender Ultra-Lite is available with carbon steel or stainless steel cylinder in either stainless or blued finish. All Taurus Judge models include fixed rear sights and fiber optic front sights as well as Taurus' ergonomic Ribber Grips. Like all Taurus handguns, the unique Taurus Security System allows users to securely lock the gun using an inconspicuous key-lock.

Aboute $648.00 - $680.00.

 

www.taurususa.com


Remington Intros Model 700 SPS Tactical AAC-SD with Threaded Muzzle

Madison, NC - The new Model 700 SPS (Special Purpose Synthetic) Tactical AAC-SD centerfire rifle, chambered in 308 Win, features the time-proven Model 700 action, the number one choice of police and military marksmen and one of the most popular bolt-action rifle series in America, with some of the latest performance-driven features including a threaded muzzle. This mid-year introduction to Remington's expanding line of tactical rifles and shotguns is designed to impress from the bench or in the field at a very affordable price.

 

At the core of the 700 SPS Tactical AAC-SD is the machined solid-steel, cylindrical Model 700 receiver design ensuring uniformity, strength and solid bedding area. Unique to this precision rifle is the 20-inch heavy-contour clean barrel, threaded to accept AAC and all 5/8-24 threaded flash hiders, muzzle breaks and suppressors. The tactical-style carbon steel, hammer-forged barrel is the perfect balance between handling in tight spots and delivering pinpoint accuracy. With a twist rate of one in 10 inches, this rifle is optimized for accuracy. These specialty, bolt-action rifles are shipped with a thread protector installed.

 

The rock-solid barreled action is bedded into a well-designed, Hogue Overmolded Ghillie Green pillar bedded synthetic stock with a semi-beavertail fore-end for added stability. This soft-

touch, sure-grip stock is extremely comfortable for extended, long range shooting and assures a positive grip in both stressful situations and inclement weather. The dual point pillar bedding guarantees a solid interface between the action and stock to help insure cold bore accuracy and prevent point-of-impact shifts. Add Remington's X-Mark Pro externally adjustable trigger, designed to "break-like-glass" and set at 3 ½ pounds from the factory, and this rifle delivers surgical-like accuracy.

 

Other key features include receiver drilled and tapped for the addition of optics; distinctive, laser-engraved "Tactical Rifling 1 in 10" roll mark; convenient hinged floorplate magazine with 4-round capacity; non-reflective, black oxide external metal finish; and sling swivel studs.

 

Available in the widely popular 308 Win chambering, the Model 700 SPS Tactical AAC-SD with Threaded Muzzle is the perfect tactical bolt-action rifle and available at a very affordable price.

 

 

About $756.57

 

www.remington.com/


 

National

Expanded fishing closures in South Atlantic will result in Millions in Lost Sales

Bottom fishing ban would affect more than 1,300 businesses with an estimated $78 million in lost sales

Alexandria, VA - June 8, 2010 - The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) and Big Rock Sports, LLC , today released an economic study that highlights the economic battering the southeast recreational fishing retail market would take should the current South Atlantic red snapper fishing ban in federal waters be expanded. The expansion would include bottom fishing in waters from 98 feet to 300 feet in an area covering 10,000 square miles stretching from North Carolina to Florida's Atlantic coast. ASA and Big Rock Sports commissioned the survey of Southeast tackle dealers to collect and analyze information about the Southeast sportfishing retail market.

 

The survey data shows that roughly 1,300 stores selling bait and tackle will be directly affected by the proposed bottom fishing ban. These businesses will lose an estimated $78 million in sales in the first year of the ban alone. This equates to an average loss of $60,000 in sales per store. In addition, the survey found that 578 jobs will be affected. The survey responses provided a qualitative description of the bait and tackle industry and measured the impact of the closures on the revenues, profits and employment levels of the region's business. The study - An Economic Impact Study of the Effects of Closures in the South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper Fishery on the Bait and Tackle Retail Industry - was conducted by Georgetown Economic Services (GES), Washington, D.C.

 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said in its December 2009 red snapper ruling that it did not have the economic impact information on tackle shops and other recreational fishing-dependent business. Big Rock Sports and ASA teamed up to gather the necessary economic impact data for consideration. NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and regional fishery management councils are obligated under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to consider economic impacts when developing fishery management decisions. NOAA's South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC) is meeting in Orlando, Fla., June 7 -11, with the expanded fishing ban on its Wednesday agenda. ASA's comment letter on the proposed bottom fishing closure is available on http://www.keepamericafishing.org/documents/17aDEISComments.pdf.

 

"The current red snapper fishery closure is already having a severe impact on the recreational fishing community in the

southeast," said Gary Zurn, Big Rock Sports Executive Vice President and ASA Saltwater Committee Chairman. "A full closure to bottom fishing would be disastrous. The current federal fisheries rebuilding track defaults to the most extreme measures possible without complete enough or timely enough information on the stock itself or the human impacts from fishing bans."

 

"A new red snapper stock assessment will be presented to the South Atlantic Fishery Council in December. Why not wait for the results of that study before taking such extreme and potentially economically devastating action," said ASA President and CEO Mike Nussman. "We know the red snapper fishery in this region needs rebuilding and anglers and the sportfishing industry want the healthiest possible fishery. The council should use the most up-to-date and accurate fishery data possible including the socio-economic impacts, to inform its decision."

 

In December 2009, NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced an interim rule that prohibited commercial and recreational fishing for red snapper in federal waters from North Carolina to the Atlantic coast of Florida. The six-month closure became effective in January. On May 18, 2010, the ban was extended until December 5, 2010, or until NMFS approves longer-term measures to end overfishing.  Long-term measures are being developed in "Amendment 17A" to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery.

 

On Wednesday, June 9, the SAFMC is set to consider "Amendment 17A" which includes several proposals to ban all bottom fishing. The SAFMC's preferred alternative includes a closed area off the coasts of Georgia and Northern Florida extending slightly south of Melbourne, Fla., in waters from 98 feet to 240 feet deep. The proposed alternatives would lead to major financial losses for recreational fishing-dependent businesses. 

 

"We recognize the importance of rebuilding the South Atlantic snapper population and the need for strong management measures," said Ken Haddad, former Executive Director of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and ASA's marine fisheries advisor. "However, with the obvious data deficiencies, the sudden and unexpected consequence of closing all bottom fishing in large areas without adequate planning for economic impacts, data deficiencies, and the use of a more recent stock assessment is simply not the management approach the Magnuson-Stevens Act intended."


Regional

Corps of Engineers releases results of Dispersal Barrier Efficacy Study

CLEVELAND -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has conducted two studies focused on enhancing the efficacy of the electric barrier system and reducing the risk of Asian carp reaching the Great Lakes.

 

Copies of both reports are available on the Chicago District website at www.lrc.usace.army.mil.  Interim Report IIIA is a final report. The public comment period for the draft Interim III report will end on June 15, 2010.  Comments may be sent to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at ChicagoDistrict.PAO@usace.army.mil.  For additional information, contact the Chicago District at (312) 846-5330.

 

"Interim IIIA, Fish Deterrent Barriers, Illinois and Chicago Area Waterways Risk Reduction Study and Integrated Environmental Assessment" considered how technologies such as bubbles, lights and sounds could be used to deter

 

Asian carp movement. USACE recommends installing one

acoustic bubble curtain with strobe lights (ABS fish deterrent) near the Brandon Road Lock and Dam as a demonstration project.

 

The second report, “Interim III, Modified Structures and Operations, Chicago Area Waterways Risk Reduction Study and Integrated Environmental Assessment,” evaluated the potential for risk reduction that might be achieved through changes in the operation of the Chicago Area Waterway structures, such as locks, sluice gates, and pumping stations.

 

The report’s primary recommendation is to place screens on the outer two sluice gates at the T.J. O’Brien Lock and Dam and changes in lock operations only when needed to support of fish management efforts such as spot piscicide application or intensive commercial fishing efforts by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife (USFWS) and Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR).


Weekly Great Lakes Water Levels for June 11, 2010

Weather Conditions

The Great Lakes region received considerable precipitation last weekend.  After the rain moved out of the basin, temperatures dropped and were below average for the beginning of the workweek. Thunderstorms are projected for most of the basin on Friday, and much of the region is likely to experience rain throughout the weekend. Parts of the Lake Superior and Lake Michigan-Huron basins could see 2 inches of rain.  Temperatures will rise and be above normal this weekend, but will fall early next week.

Lake Level Conditions

Continuing a trend that has been consistent since April, all of the water levels on the Great Lakes are below last year's levels.  Lakes Superior and Michigan-Huron remain 8 and 9 inches, respectively, below their levels of a year ago.  Lakes St. Clair and Erie are 5 and 4 inches, respectively, below last year's levels, while Lake Ontario's level is 14 inches lower than its level of a year ago.  Over the next month, the water levels of Lakes Superior and Michigan-Huron are expected to rise by 3 and 1 inches, respectively.  Lakes St. Clair and Erie are forecasted to drop 3 and 2 inches, respectively, and Lake Ontario's level is predicted to increase by 1 inch in the next month. 

 Forecasted June Outflows/Channel Conditions

The outflows from both Lake Superior into the St. Mary's River and Lake Huron into the St. Clair are forecasted to be below 

average during the month.  Near average outflow is expected rom Lake St. Clair into the Detroit River and Lake Erie into the Niagara River.  The flow in the St. Lawrence River is forecasted to be below average throughout the month of June.

Alerts

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 June 11

600.72

577.99

574.51

571.95

245.44

Datum, in ft

601.1

577.5

572.3

569.2

243.3

Diff in inches

-5

+6

+26

+33

+26

Diff last month

+1

+2

+5

+5

+4

Diff from last yr

-8

-9

-5

-4

-14


Indiana

Angler finds time to land record striped bass

During the 18 years Jonathan VanHook worked construction jobs in the Indianapolis area, he rarely found time to go fishing.  A job switch four years ago provided the leisure time he needed to make up for the missed opportunities, and it paid off last week when he caught a state-record striped bass at Cecil M. Harden Lake in Parke County.

 

VanHook, 39, hauled in the 39.08-pound lunker on May 25, snapping the previous record of 35.395 pounds caught in 1993 by Tony Campisano on the Ohio River.  

 

“It was fun,” said VanHook, who now works as a police officer in his hometown of Rockville. “It’s the best fish I’ve caught so far. If I had to say on a scale of 1 to 10, it would be a 10.”

 

Harden Lake is a 2,060-acre reservoir constructed on Big Raccoon Creek by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the 1950s. It is located at Raccoon State Recreation Area, which is managed by the DNR Division of State Parks and Reservoirs.

 

The fish VanHook pulled out of Harden was 42.25 inches long with a girth of 30 inches. He credits his friend Shay Vandivier, on whose boat he and another friend, Cory Hutchins, were fishing.  The trio of anglers was trolling with planer boards and using bluegill for bait. Shortly after their first trolling pass at about 8:30 a.m., VanHook got the strike he’d been waiting on.

 

VanHook said finding out how to enter the fish as a state record was easy, thanks in part to the new fishing regulations pamphlet the DNR put out this year.  “We got one of those, and it told how to go to the (DNR) website,” he said. “Everybody was super helpful, and all the people from DNR were great.”

 

DNR fisheries biologist Rhett Wisener said he’s not surprised by the size of VanHook’s striper even though since striped bass were first stocked at Harden in 1994 the typical fish collected in research surveys are much smaller.

 

“We’ve caught fish over there in the 20- to 25-pound range, but that, to be honest, is about the limits of our gear,” Wisener said. “It’s not uncommon at all to see 30- to 35-inch fish, which is in the vicinity of 15 pounds.

 

“There are fish in there much larger than that, but they’re difficult to catch in the gear we’re using. I’ve told some people we’ve still not seen the full potential at Harden. Maybe the limit is 39 or 40 pounds, but it could be bigger than that. We just don’t know. It’s surprising us each year how it continues to produce big fish, particularly this year.”

 


Muskie numbers high in Lake Webster

NORTH WEBSTER – Northern Indiana’s Lake Webster contains more muskies than any other lake in the state and has one of the densest muskie populations in the nation, based on figures compiled by the DRN Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW).

 

Biologists estimate there are about 1,900 adult muskies in the 774-acre Kosciusko County Lake. The estimate was calculated from catches of tagged muskies recaptured during sampling each spring since 2006.   “Our numbers indicate there are currently about 2.5 muskies per acre of water,” said Jed Pearson DFW biologist who has monitored the muskie population since the fish were first stocked there in 1981.

 

Most muskie lakes in Indiana and across the nation have fewer than one adult per acre, according to Pearson. Some lakes have fewer than one muskie for every 10 acres of water.

 

Pearson attributes the high number of muskies in Webster to the high number of fingerlings stocked each year. Since 1997, the DFW has released about 3,800 muskie fingerlings each year into the lake at a rate of five per acre. Stocking rates in other states are typically one or two per acre, sometimes on an alternating-year basis. In several cases, even fewer muskies are stocked in those states.

 

“We’ve probably maxed out the number of muskies that can be

stocked in (Webster) lake,” said Pearson. “That’s good news to muskie fishermen but we don’t want to over-stock the lake.”

 

What might happen if too many muskies are stocked?  “We would see some significant declines in muskie growth and shifts toward smaller individual fish as muskies scramble to find enough food to eat,” said Pearson. “So far, muskie growth in Webster is comparable to muskie growth in other lakes.”

 

Biologists estimate that muskies in Webster from ages 4 through 8 average 31, 34, 36, 38, and 42 inches long, respectively, with some muskies more than 48 inches long present.  “We think we have a good balance in terms of muskie numbers and size,” said Pearson.

 

Over-stocking could also lead to negative impacts on other species, or perhaps even cannibalism as adult muskies eat newly stocked fingerlings.  “We haven’t detected any negative impacts of the muskie population on other fish in Webster,” said Pearson. “There seems to be ample number of gizzard shad and other forage fish for them to eat.”

 

Although muskies are abundant in Webster, the DFW has no plans to reduce the stocking rate.  “We get our muskie eggs from females at Webster for Indiana’s hatchery program,” said Pearson.  “We want to make sure there are plenty of adult muskies to keep the stocking program going.”


Minnesota

Duluth area fisheries announces survey work

Fisheries staff from the Minnesota DNR Duluth area fisheries office will conduct surveys and assessments on several area lakes and streams during the next few months.

 

Waters scheduled for standard surveys or assessments include:

•  West Twin, St. Louis Estuary, June 28-July 2

•  Grand Lake, St. Louis Estuary, July 5-9

•  Hanging Horn Lake, St. Louis Estuary, July 12-16

•  Caribou Lake, July 19-23

•  Upper Island Lake, July 26-30

•  Fish Lake Reservoir, August 2-13

•  Grand Lake, August 16-27

•  Prairie Lake, Dinham Lake, August 30-Sept. 3

•  Harris Lake, September 7-10

•  (June-September)  Blackhoof River, Carey Creek, French River, Gooseberry River, Joula Creek, Keene Creek, Knife River, West Branch Knife River, Little West, Miller Creek, Mission Creek-Tributary 10, Palmer Creek, Pete’s Creek, Pine Creek, Skunk Creek, State Line Creek, Stewart River, Stewart River (to Pine Creek), Sucker River, Tischer Creek-Tributary 10, UsKabWanKa River

•  (September Walleye Electrofishing) Bassett Lake, Boulder Reservoir, Eagle Lake, Fish Lake Reservoir, Salo Lake, Stewart Lake

 

Fisheries surveys and assessments are done on a regular basis to monitor changes in fish populations and to determine if management strategies have been effective. Survey

frequency varies on each lake based on ongoing

management evaluations and angler use. Large lakes with heavy use are surveyed more frequently than small, remote lakes. Lakes stocked regularly are also sampled more frequently to assess stocking success and monitor growth rates.

 

As a result of the Clean Water Legacy Act, many lakes being sampled this summer will also include near-shore small fish sampling using seining and backpack electrofishing techniques.   Combined with our standard survey assessments, these data will allow the DNR to gauge the overall health of the fish community in these lakes.

 

Data collected is reviewed and incorporated into individual fisheries lake management plans. The plans identify goals for key species in the lake and outlines specific management activities.

 

Survey plans are tentative. Lakes and streams may be added or dropped and timing may change. Questions about these surveys can be addressed to the DNR’s Duluth Area Fisheries Office, 5351 North Shore Drive, Duluth, MN 55804. Questions also can be submitted by calling 218-525-0853 or e-mailing deserae.hendrickson@state.mn.us.

 

Information collected in 2010 will be available as a lake survey report in the spring of 2011. Lake surveys are available online at www.mndnr.gov/lakefind or from the Duluth area fisheries office.


 

Ohio

Out-of-State Lake Erie Bass Poachers Pay More Than $16,000

Poachers forfeited two freezers and three bass boats and trailers

SANDUSKY, OH – Three Tennessee men and three Georgia men appeared in Ottawa County Municipal Court in Port Clinton Wednesday for sentencing for taking 141 more than the legal limit of smallmouth bass on Lake Erie last April, according to the Ohio DNR.

 

“The Western Basin of Lake Erie remains a prime location for anglers from around the country, and wildlife officers are working hard to keep it that way,” said Gino Barna, supervisor of the Division of Wildlife’s Lake Erie Law Enforcement Unit. “The 1-800-POACHER hotline is an important source of information for protecting this valuable natural resource.”

 

The six men pled guilty to 30 charges on May 3, 2010, and Magistrate Lou Wargo ordered a pre-sentence investigation. The six fishermen appeared in Ottawa County Municipal Court on June 2, 2010 for sentencing. Magistrate Wargo ordered them to pay a combined total of $16,290 in fines, court costs and restitution.

The restitution included $50 for each fish taken illegally in accordance with legislation that places a value on wild animals unlawfully held, taken, bought, sold or possessed. The men were also ordered to forfeit three bass boats, three trailers and two freezers, which have an estimated value of $32,000. Including the forfeited items, the total cost for the six men was $48,290.

 

A total of 900 days in jail was handed down between all six men. Magistrate Wargo suspended the jail time pending completion of a probationary period of three years of good behavior. Their fishing licenses were revoked for three years and they will be entered into the Wildlife Violator’s Compact and most likely will lose privileges in 33 other states.

 

During a surveillance project by DOW investigators in the Bass Islands area of Lake Erie between April 25 and April 30, investigators observed the men “double and triple tripping.” (“Double and triple tripping” refers to catching a limit of fish, returning to shore, then returning to the water the same day to catch an additional limit of fish.) The legal limit for smallmouth bass on Lake Erie is five fish per day from the last Saturday in June through April 30 with a minimum size limit of 14".


Pennsylvania

Commission Adds “The Fishing Hole” to Web Page

Harrisburg, PA – In an effort to better inform anglers, boaters, and other interested individuals, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is making it easier to find information about fishing, boating, and aquatic resources.  Visitors to the Commission’s website – www.fishandboat.com  – will now see a link entitled The Fishing Hole.

 

The Fishing Hole will direct readers to lists of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about a variety of topics to help them understand, connect to, and conserve Pennsylvania’s waterways, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and other aquatic resources. While the Commission has posted frequently asked questions on the website in the past, this new feature will improve access to the information.

 

“We are here to serve all Pennsylvanians and visitors to the Commonwealth, and we want to make it as easy as possible for them to have their questions answered,” said Executive Director John Arway. “If someone does not find what they are looking for, or if they have a comment for us, we encourage them to contact us via the electronic forms at the bottom of each FAQ page.”

The PFBC also is reminding the public that Sunday, June 6, is the second of two designated Fish For Free Days in the Commonwealth. Fish For Free Days allow anyone – not just license holders or youth under the age of 16 – to legally fish in Pennsylvania. From 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m., no fishing license is needed to fish in Pennsylvania's waterways. The first Fish for Free Day was Saturday, May 22.

 

“Fish For Free Days provide an opportunity for active anglers to introduce a friend or relative to the lifelong sport of fishing,” said Mr. Arway. “It's also a great way for families to have fun, create new memories and spend quality time together.”

 

To make it even easier to get started – or restarted – in fishing, visit the PFBC’s web site at www.fishandboat.com and select “Fish” from the left-hand navigation bar. From the drop-down menu, select Fishing Fundamentals.

 

The mission of the Fish and Boat Commission is to protect, conserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s aquatic resources and provide fishing and boating opportunities. For more information about fishing and boating in Pennsylvania, please visit our website at www.fishandboat.com.


Wisconsin

7 state fishing records fall so far in 2010

MADISON – State fishing records are falling fast -- literally with a “thunk” -- as anglers have been hauling in a boatload of true lunkers.

 

By June 1, seven new state fish records had been confirmed in 2010 in the “alternate methods" category. The fish ranged from 4 pounds to more than 200 pounds, and the longest stretched more than seven feet long. Six of the seven were taken with a bow and arrow, one with a spear, and one new record was only on the books for a month before it was eclipsed.

 

A monster fish – a quillback-river carpsucker hybrid – has also been harvested in recent weeks from Wisconsin waters but didn’t qualify for a record because the state no longer accepts records for hybrid fish.

 

“Bowfishing seems to be growing in popularity and our record books are starting to reflect that trend,” says Karl Scheidegger, the DNR fish biologist who coordinates the state record fish program.  “More people are learning about the alternate methods category and seem to be targeting those records.”

 

Bowfishing involves using specialized archery equipment to target carp, drum, burbot and the like during an open season that coincides with the statewide spearing seasons. The Guide to Wisconsin Spearing, Netting, and Bait Harvest Regulations 2010-2011 can be found on the fishing regulations page of the DNR website.

 

The parade of record fish, and the people who landed them,

are listed with the most recent first (following links exit DNR to

WiscFish website, a collaborative effort by the Wisconsin DNR, University of Wisconsin Center for Limnology and University of Wisconsin Sea Grant):

 

►Taylor Hanson of New Lisbon shot a 4. 1.6 lb, 29" short nose gar from the Wisconsin River in Grant County on May 29

►Lance Lyga of Independence shot a 3-pound, 8 ounce, 19" long spotted sucker, from the Mississippi River in Trempealeau County on May 22.

►Nathaniel Fritsch of Ettrick shot a 28-pound, 13.3 ounce, 35" long sheepshead, from the Mississippi River in Trempealeau County on May 17.

►Kyle Lakey of Trempealeau shot a 29-pound, 10.9 ounce, 33.15" smallmouth buffalo, from the Trempealeau River in Trempealeau County on April 18.

►Crae Wilke of Hortonville shot a 10-pound, 15 ounce, 26.6" silver red horse from the Weyauwega Mill Pond on March 23.

►David Kropp of Sauk City shot a 13-pound, 28 1/4 inch smallmouth buffalo on March 6, 2010, while bowfishing on the Wisconsin River in Sauk County. He held this record for a month before Kyle Lakey bettered it.

►Ron Grishaber of Appleton speared a 212-pound, 3.2-ounce lake sturgeon that stretched 84.25 inches long on Feb. 13, 2010, opening day of the Lake Winnebago lake sturgeon spearing seasons.

 

Wesley Babcock of Pardeeville hauled in an 18 2.7 lb, 29" quillback-river carpsucker hybrid from the Castle Rock Flowage, a fish that nearly doubles the weight of the state record quill back and carp sucker records. He received an “Exceptional Catch” certificate from DNR for his efforts.

Other Breaking News Items

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Secrets of Fish Oil compound probed

A compound found in oil-rich fish such as salmon reshaped the blood lipid profiles of volunteers in an Agricultural Research Service-led study.  The study is one of only about a dozen, in humans, to probe the effects of DHA alone, rather than in tandem with another natural oil, EPA…

 

Researchers find genes involved in Yellow Perch growth

28 genes that are involved in bulking up yellow perch, an important aquaculture fish, have been discovered by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and university researchers. Usually, female perch grow faster than their male counterparts, a disparity

 

Many anglers no longer spending their summer fishing off Lake Michigan piers
The summer pier fishery has changed. Spring and fall still bring crowds out for steelhead and salmon, but early morning summer crowds are few and far between.

 

 

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