Week of November 19, 2012

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Words to Ponder

Words to Ponder

A quote allegedly by Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett has been spreading like wildfire online lately:

“After we win this election, it’s our turn. Payback time. Everyone not with us is against us, and they better be ready, because we don’t forget. The

ones who helped us will be rewarded; the ones who opposed us will get what they deserve. There is going to be hell to pay. Congress won’t be a problem for us this time. No election to worry about after this is over, and we have two judges ready to go.”


Fishing beyond the Great Lakes

KY to hold meeting to limit spread Of Asian Carp

FRANKFORT, Ky. - The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will host a public meeting to discuss ways to limit the spread of Asian carp through a potential regulation change on the movement of live bait. This meeting is being held at the Kentucky Dam Village Convention Center in Gilbertsville at 7 p.m. (Central time) Monday, Dec. 3. 

 

Asian carp, which include the silver carp and bighead carp species, have become major nuisances since their unintentional release along the Mississippi River several years ago. These nuisance fish have invaded several major Kentucky rivers and their tributaries, including the Ohio River. Asian carp also now inhabit the state's two largest reservoirs.

 

Asian carp threaten native fish species because they can out-compete them for forage. Asian carp also threaten Kentucky's ecological systems, recreational boaters, anglers, and the commercial and sport fishing industries. Asian carp are not only prolific, but they can adapt and live in almost any river or lake in Kentucky.

Asian carp can spread quickly if they are transported live and then used for food or live bait. Baitfish anglers who misidentify Asian carp as native shad or skipjack may unintentionally release these invaders into uninfected waters.

 

To reduce the potential for the unintentional spread of Asian carp, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife is considering regulations that will restrict all movement of live Asian carp, regardless of how they are caught or collected. Additionally, to address the issue of misidentification, the restriction of movement of all live baitfish from the water in which they are caught or collected to any other water body is being considered.

 

These proposals are either already in regulation or are being proposed in other states where Asian carp are established. No regulation changes concerning live Asian carp or native baitfish collection and movement has been submitted by Kentucky Fish and Wildlife officials at this time. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss these potential regulations with anglers interested in this issue.


National

Bill Advances to Stop EPA from regulating ammunition & baits

Contact Your U.S. Senators in Support of S. 3525, the "Sportsmen's Act of 2012"

When Congress reconvened last week, one of the first items the U.S. Senate voted on was S. 3525, "The Sportsmen's Act of 2012."   S. 3525 is an essential piece of legislation focused on the expansion and enhancement of hunting, recreational fishing and shooting on federal public land.  But it's more than that. 

Of critical importance is the fact that, in addition to promoting land access, S. 3525 would amend the "Toxic Substances Control Act" to prevent this and future administrations from using the Environmental Protection Agency to eliminate the right of hunters, shooters and anglers to use traditional ammunition and fishing tackle.  The bill would amend the law to clarify that the EPA does not have the authority to regulate shot, bullets or sport fishing equipment. 
 

The bill also allows for the importation of polar bears legally taken from approved populations in Canada before the 2008 ban.  Last week a motion to proceed to S. 3525 passed by a vote of 84 to 7.  This week, Senators voted 84-12 to advance S. 3525.  The bill now awaits a vote on final passage, which is scheduled for Monday, November 26.      

Please act now to secure support for this critically important bill that would prevent the EPA from regulating your ammunition!  Please contact your U.S. Senators TODAY and ask them to support S. 3525. 

You can find contact information for your U.S. Senators by using the "Write your Representatives" tool at www.NRAILA.org. You may also contact your Senators by phone at (202) 224-3121.

 

 


Senate Votes Down Cybersecurity Measure

Last summer, vocal opposition from American Internet users encouraged the Senate to back off on Senator Joseph Lieberman’s (I-Conn.) Cybersecurity Act. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) called for another vote on the bill in a lame-duck session last week, leading to a close 51-47 vote against cloture for the act and barring it from moving forward.

 

The Cybersecurity Act, along with a handful of other Congressional

cybersecurity initiatives, included vague definitions for terms such as

“cybersecurity threat,” “cybersecurity threat indicator” and “countermeasures” that had the potential for manipulation to provide massive expansion of government power over the Internet.

 

According to the Electronic Freedom Foundation, the Senate voted correctly by not proceeding on the Cybersecurity Act. EFF lauded the fact that Reid declared “all cybersecurity bills dead for this Congress.”


Regional

Weekly Great Lakes Water Levels for Nov 16, 2012 

WEATHER CONDITIONS

Significant precipitation fell across much the entire Great Lakes basin this last week. The Great Lakes basin received between 0.5 inches and 0.75 inches of precipitation earlier this week. However, month to date precipitation in the Great Lakes basin as a whole is below average. The cool air that moved in after the recent storm system will begin to warm slightly heading into the weekend. Across the entire Great Lakes basin, fair weather is likely to dominate with little chance for measureable precipitation through the beginning of next week.

LAKE LEVEL CONDITIONS

The water level of Lake Superior is 2 inches lower than its level of one year ago, while Lake Michigan-Huron is 15 inches lower than its level from last year. Lakes St. Clair, Erie, and Ontario are 14, 13, and 11 inches, respectively, lower than their levels of a year ago. Over the next month, Lake Superior and Lake Michigan-Huron are each forecasted to drop 2 inches from their current levels, while the water levels of lakes St. Clair and Erie are each expected to fall 1 inch. Lake Ontario is predicted to rise 2 inches 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 November. 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 November.

Lake Erie's outflow through the Niagara River and the outflow of Lake Ontario into the St. Lawrence River are predicted to be below average in November.

ALERTS

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 Nov 16

600.8

576.4

572.7

570.4

243.8

Datum, in ft

601.1

577.5

572.3

569.2

243.3

Diff in inches

-4

-13

+5

+14

+6

Diff last month

+1

-2

0

+2

-1

Diff from last yr

-2

-15

-14

-13

-11


General

Cabela’s kicks off Holiday Shopping Season

With $240,000 in Free Black Friday Gifts – Doors Open at 5 AM

Cabela’s is celebrating the holiday shopping season on Black Friday by presenting gifts valued at more than $240,000 nationwide to the first 600 shoppers in line at each of its U.S. retail stores Friday, Nov. 23.

 

Early Black Friday shoppers at each Cabela’s retail store will enjoy hot coffee and snacks, games, entertainment, camp fires and more and have the chance to take home a Browning rifle, Masterbuilt electric smoker, Nikon Pro binoculars, Bushnell Legend binoculars, Cabela’s Realtree camo hoodie or a Cabela’s gift card worth up to $100.

 

The first 600 Cabela’s customers, ages 18 and older, will be given a

mystery envelope containing information about their gift. All gifts will be

distributed randomly. Winners will be able to pick up their gift at the store immediately after store opening. Gun winners will be required to undergo a standard federal background check.

 

All U.S. Cabela’s stores are scheduled to open on Black Friday, the Friday after Thanksgiving, at 5 a.m., and remain open until 10 p.m. Store hours might vary by location.  For store locations, holiday hours and giveaway details and restrictions, visit www.cabelas.com/stores.  Extended hours will continue throughout the holiday season.

 

Cabela’s stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day to allow employees a chance to enjoy the holiday with their families.  Cabela’s customers will be able to shop on Thanksgiving Day at www.cabelas.com


Bass Pro Shops open 8 AM Thanksgiving

Bass Pro Shops stores will open at 8 AM to 6 PM Thanksgiving Day to continue their 40 year tradition. The Bass Pro Shops 5 day sale with over 40 Red Hot specials will start on Wednesday, November 21st.

 

Wednesday, November 21st, kicks off five straight days of special events, features and their biggest sale of the year-many prices only available this time of year. The sale runs through Sunday, November 25th with over 40 Red Hot specials and more than 300 great gift items in the 5-Day sale. Plus, Wednesday and Thursday only, customers can get up to $100 off already low sale prices on guns when they use their Bass Pro Shops Visa card.

 

The Thanksgiving tradition continues on Black Friday with our "6 hour only" deals starting at 5am, 1 hour earlier than last year, with special savings through 11 AM. Items will be at super low prices during the 6 Hour Sale-like RedHead® jeans for $9.97, Fleece tops and flannel shirts for $10, a Masterbuilt 30"smoker for $179.97 and G.I. Issued 50cal Ammo Box for $10! This sale concludes Saturday and Sunday with free drawings

 

every hour, giveaways to the first 100 customers, up to $100 cash back in Bass Bucks and an ability to donate in-store to Toys for Tots.

 

Those who donate to Toys for Tots receive a free Santa's Wonderland photo package valued at $20. Package includes 1 6X8, 2 5X7, 2 4X6 and 8 wallet photos.

The excitement continues Saturday and Sunday, November 24th and 25th during the Super Saturday/Super Sunday event. There will be free drawings every hour beginning at 10:30 AM and continuing through 5:30 PM with great door prizes including merchandise and gift cards. Plus, the first 100 customers in the door Saturday will receive a Bass Pro Shops knife and the first 100 Sunday will get a 3-pack of Cotton Cordell baits. And, you have the opportunity to receive up to $100 in Bass Bucks with your purchase!

Also Saturday and Sunday, make Christmas brighter for a child by donating cash or a toy in-store to "Toys For Tots" and you'll receive a free Santa's Wonderland photo package ($20 retail value).  www.bassproshops.com for more info


Gander Mountain Holiday extended hours, deals

Stores open all day Thanksgiving, with in-store & on-line specials

Thanksgiving weekend will once again be a time for savings and extended opportunities to shop for all of the best in active performance and outdoors gear at Gander Mountain stores in 24 states. All Gander Mountain stores will be open9 AM to Midnight on Thanksgiving Day, and again at 6 a.m. on Black Friday.

 

The popular Camo Thursday promotion makes its return for a second year on Thanksgiving Day, and one lucky on-line shopper per hour at www.GanderMountain.com will receive their order absolutely free.

 

Sale fliers set to appear in newspapers throughout the country on Thursday, and on the Gander Mountain web site, will detail the bargains, which include a free $25 Gander Mountain gift card with the purchase of $125 or more from popular brands like The North Face, Mountain Hardwear, Kuhl, Columbia and Marmot.

 

Other hot deals include savings of 50% off select footwear for the entire family – from slippers to winter boots, and everything in between. For your holiday cooking needs, Gander Mountain is offering its lowest price ever on the Masterbuilt 30” electric smoker, now available for $129.99

(regularly priced at $229.99). Hundreds more great deals are available on gear for hunting, fishing, camping, hiking and dozens of other outdoor activities. Full details are available in Gander Mountain’s 20-page sale flier.

 

Gander Mountain stores will be open:

· 9 a.m. to Midnight on Thanksgiving Day

· 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23

· 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24

· 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 25 (Fargo, N.D., store opens at Noon)

 

In-store specials are available in every department and for every outdoors interest, including firearms and ammunition, archery, the newly-expanded footwear departments, men’s & women’s clothing, hunting apparel, fishing equipment and apparel, kids’ clothing, cooking supplies, optics & electronics, camping gear, automotive accessories and many, many others. In addition, the nation’s six Gander Mountain Academy locations are offering special holiday weekend savings on classes and training.

 

For more info, check your Thursday paper for the circular, or: www.GanderMountain.com. Full sale details and prices will be posted on-line Wednesday evening.


Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan Stocking Numbers

Includes Michigan stocking cuts by port

The following breakdown shows 2012 compared to 2013 between States:

 

‘12 Stocking #

2013 Stocking #

% Cut

MI

1,688,500

558,500

67%

WI

1,164,000

724,000

38%

IL

250,000

230,000

8%

IN

225,000

200,000

11%

 

2013 proposed Michigan stocking by Port:

Port

Current Stocking

Proposed

Stocking

% Cut

Justification/Comments

1836 Treaty Waters

Ford River

27,500

12,000

56.4%

Maximize fishing opportunities by maintaining local fisheries in the U.P.; Eliminates Fairport based on an open lake fishery that is less dependent on stocking and maintains Ford and Manistique.

Fairport

21,000

0

100%

Manistique

45,000

34,000

24.4%

Medusa

220,000

72,000

67.3%

Maximize fishing opportunities-this site contributes significantly to the open lake fishery.

Boardman

75,000

24,000

68.0%

Maintain net pen commitments

Kids Creek

150,000

36,000

76.0%

Reduce a direct stocking site; natural reproduction

Manistee River

70,000

22,000

68.6%

Maintain net pen commitments; Maximize fishing opportunities

Little Manistee River

 

375,000

 

150,000

 

60.0%

Maintain broodstock; Natural reproduction may offset reductions.

Big Sable River

120,000

38,000

68.3%

Maintain net pen commitments; Maximize fishing opportunities – popular fall fishery.

Muskegon River

60,000

18,000

70%

Maintain net pen commitments; Natural reproduction present

Non-Treaty Waters

Gr Haven

175,000

59,000

66.3%

Maintain net pen commitments

Gr River

75,000

0

100%

Reduce a direct stocking site; Maximize fishing opportunities in other locations; Grand River is also stocked with steelhead and coho for fall fisheries.

Holland

45,000

15,000

 

66.7%

 

Maintain net pen commitments

 

Black River

45,000

15,000

66.7%

Maintain net pen commitments

Saugatuck

45,000

16,000

64.4%

Maximize fishing opportunities- Kalamazoo River provides fall fishery with good access. Maintain net pen commitments

St. Joseph

140,000

48,000

65.7%

Maximize fishing opportunities- St. Joseph River provides fall fishery with good access. Maintain net pen commitments

Total

1,688,500

559,000

66.9%

 

Illinois

Target Hunger Now

Hunters are encouraged to donate whole deer to the "Illinois Sportsmen Against Hunger" program – part of the IDNR ‘Target Hunger Now!’ initiative.  Participating meat processors turn donated deer into ground venison for delivery to food banks and charities.  For more info on ‘Target Hunger Now!’ and the Sportsmen Against Hunger program: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/programs/ISAH/Pages/default.aspx

or by email tracy.shafer@Illinois.gov or write to Illinois Sportsmen Against Hunger, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1271.

 

 

Bill Advances to Stop EPA from Regulating Your Ammunition--Contact Your U.S. Senators in Support of S. 3525, the "Sportsmen's Act of 2012"

When Congress reconvened this week, one of the first items the U.S.
Senate voted on was S. 3525, "The Sportsmen's Act of 2012." As we reported last week, S. 3525 is an essential piece of legislation focused on the expansion and enhancement of hunting, recreational fishing and shooting on federal public land. But it's more than that.
 

Of critical importance is the fact that, in addition to promoting land access, S. 3525 would amend the "Toxic Substances Control Act" to prevent this and future administrations from using the Environmental Protection Agency to eliminate the right of hunters, shooters and anglers to use traditional ammunition and fishing tackle. The bill would amend the law to clarify that the EPA does not have the authority to regulate shot, bullets or sport fishing equipment.


Michigan

DNR sets experimental regulations for brook trout in U.P.

The Michigan DNR has approved five stream segments in the Upper Peninsula for an increase in the daily possession limit for brook trout from five to 10 fish. The rule becomes effective April 1, 2013.  This limited experimental regulation is in response to requests from anglers to increase the daily possession limit on brook trout across the Upper Peninsula.

 

For selected stream segments, the daily possession limit for brook trout would be 10 fish and the minimum size limit would be 7 inches. Streams were selected from existing Type 1 streams which have a daily possession limit of five fish and a 7-inch minimum size limit.

 

Stream segments and their tributaries include: Dead River (Marquette County), Driggs River (Schoolcraft County), East Branch Ontonagon River (Houghton and Iron counties), East Branch Tahquamenon River (Chippewa County) and East Branch Huron River (Baraga and Marquette counties).

 

In October the DNR proposed a new Type 5 stream category at the Natural Resources Commission meeting, with 10 streams to be included. Angler input resulted in a reduction of the number of streams proposed

from 10 down to five and the removal of the Type 5 category, substituting

instead the experimental regulations category. In addition, the DNR has committed to evaluations that will begin next year.

 

Streams selected for this regulation will constitute 3 percent of the current Type 1 stream mileage available in the Upper Peninsula. During the next several years, Fisheries Division will work with a variety of partners to assess the biological effects of the possession limit increase on the brook trout populations in the experimental regulations category streams.

 

The stream segments are not accessible to brook trout from the Great Lakes. In recent years, rehabilitation of lake-run brook trout populations has attracted considerable interest among resource agencies, conservation groups and anglers, and a variety of measures have been taken to protect these populations. These "coaster" brook trout are a life history variant and are not a genetically distinct strain or sub-species. The DNR has also proposed future work in this area of brook trout management.

 

Maps and written descriptions of the upstream (where applicable) and downstream boundaries for the experimental trout regulations are available at www.michigan.gov/fishing


Cops nab sturgeon poacher in St. Clair County
A cooperative effort between the MI DNR and the Clay Township Police Dept has resulted in the citation of Wadhah Noori Jabro, of Sterling Heights, for taking sturgeon during the closed season in St. Clair County.

DNR conservation officers Todd Szyska and Kris Kiel were on patrol, looking for illegal shining activity in Macomb County, when they received a call from the DNR Report All Poaching (RAP) line attendant that an anonymous citizen had reported the illegal activity. The citizen supplied a description of the suspect’s vehicle and license plate number.

The DNR conservation officers, who were 40 minutes away from the scene, called the Clay Township Police for assistance. Clay Township officers located the suspect and held him for the conservation officers.

The officers found Mr. Jabro in possession of a 61-inch sturgeon. He was fishing without a proper license, without a mandatory sturgeon tag and was taking a sturgeon during the closed season (an offense punishable by up to 180 days in jail, a fine of up to $2,000, restitution of $1,500 and a loss of fishing license for three years).

Mr. Jabro was arraigned yesterday, Nov. 13, in the 72nd District Court in
Marine City. The magistrate reviewed the misdemeanor charges and determined the case was sufficient to be heard by a district court judge. The pretrial hearing is set for Nov. 28.
 

"Based on the tackle he was using, the suspect was obviously fishing for sturgeon," said Szyska. "We wouldn’t have had this case at all if it weren’t for the RAP line and an alert citizen who called it in. And we really appreciate the Clay Township Police Department’s help, which made this case possible."

Sturgeon are relatively rare Great Lakes denizens.

"The lake sturgeon population in the St. Clair system is a unique and valuable resource," said DNR fisheries biologist Mike Thomas. "Fishing regulations have been designed to protect that resource. Poaching is a direct threat to the viability of the sturgeon population."  Anglers, in possession of an all-species fishing license, are allowed to harvest one sturgeon per year, which must be tagged immediately. Sturgeon season on the St. Clair River closes Sept. 30. 


New York

Cross-Border Convictions of Canadian Fish Smuggler

Illegally Exported Invasive Species into U.S

Pet Dealer Pleads Guilty To Illegal Commercialization of Wildlife

AMHERST—New York State announced the conviction in Erie County Court of a Canadian pet dealer whose operation smuggled and exported invasive and endangered species into the United States. Muk Leung "Jim" Ip, 49, of Scarborough, Ontario, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of Illegal Commercialization of Fish, Shellfish, Crustaceans and Wildlife. The plea satisfies a complaint charging him with selling the invasive species Snakeheads, the endangered and protected Arowanas and the protected amphibian Axolotls. The charges and conviction are the result of a cross-border undercover investigation into exotic species smuggling operations.

 

"This cross-border investigation shut down an operation that put the Great Lakes, among New York’s most treasured natural resources, in jeopardy," Attorney General Schneiderman said. According to the Attorney General's

complaint, an agent of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service engaged in an undercover operation during which Ip, an employee of Lucky Aquarium in

Markham, Ontario, sold more than $1,500 worth of Arowanas. Ip sold more than $1,500 worth of Snakeheads to the same undercover agent. Ip sold the protected species, Axolotls, to the agent. Each of these sales were completed with Ip’s knowledge that the species would be illegally transported to New York.

 

As part of a global plea agreement, Ip also pleaded guilty in United States District Court to violating the Lacy Act by transporting the snakeheads from Canada to the United States and in Canadian courts to violating the Ontario Fish and Wildlife and Conservation Act and the Canadian Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act. These convictions resulted in a sentence of 60 days jail to be served in Canada and over $15,000 in fines. Ip was fined $5,000 at his plea hearing in Erie County Court.


Other Breaking News Items

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Freshwater fish are dying at alarming rates
North American freshwater fishes are going extinct at rates that concern scientists. Many of the extinct freshwater fishes lived in the Great Lakes region.

 

Atlantic salmon slated for stocking in northern Michigan rivers
After three years of experimentation to determine whether Atlantic salmon can be successfully reared in state hatcheries, Michigan Department of Natural Resources fishery biologists say it’s time to shift gears

 

MP keen to block Asian carp
Ontario's standing committee working on recommendations to tackle the threat of the Asian carp and other invasive species in the Great Lakes is expected to begin work on a report in the new year.

 

 

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