Week of February 28, 2011

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Browning X-Bolt Micro Midas for Young and Small Framed Hunters

To accommodate smaller framed shooters and hunters, Browning has introduced a full line of firearms called the Micro Midas.  Included in the new line is an X-Bolt rifle. The X-Bolt Micro Midas has all the innovative features of the X-Bolt line, just in a more compact and lighter weight package.

 

The new rifle has a steel receiver with a low-luster blued finish.  The 20-inch barrel has the same blued finish.   The stock is a checkered walnut with a satin finish.  Like other X-Bolt models, the Micro Midas has a 60bolt lift,

adjustable Feather Trigger, detachable rotary magazine,

 

top tang safety and bolt unlock button. Each rifle also has sling swivel studs installed and an Inflex Technology recoil pad.

 

The X-Bolt Micro Midas has a length of pull of 12 ½ inches.  The overall length is 38 1/8 inches and it weighs just 6 lbs. 1 oz.  For 2011 the rifle is available in four popular calibers, 22.250 Rem., 243 Win, 7mm-08 Rem and 308 Win.  

 

About $799.99

 

www.browning.com

 


Winchester M-22 Rimfire Round for Modern Sporting Rifles

Winchester Ammunition continues to invest in its rimfire product line with the development of a new 22 LR round for use in Modern Sporting Rifles (MSR).

 

New for 2011, this bullet is designed and packaged specifically for use in the growing number of high-capacity MSR 22 LRs. The new M-22 features a 40-grain Plated Lead Round Nose bullet optimized for reliable feeding in high capacity magazines. In addition, the M-22 utilizes non-corrosive priming and clean burning powder that delivers an ultrafast 1255 fps velocity and exceptional accuracy.

 

 The M-22 is designed for the high capacity MSR and

provides a smooth functioning, affordable option with great accuracy.  Winchester made the M-22 available exclusively in a 1000-round bulk value pack to meet the demands of customers at an attractive price point.

 

The new M-22 LF Bullet features:

   • Velocity: 1255 fps

   • Grains: 40

   • Bullet Type: Plated Lead Round Nose

   • Cartridge: 22 LR

   • Availability: 2011

 

618-258-2000 

 

www.winchester.com/

 


National

House rejects proposal to close Chicago locks

CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. House, on February 17 rejected a proposal to force the closure of Chicago-area shipping locks that could provide an opening to the Great Lakes for voracious Asian carp, a potential threat to native fish species and the region's economy.

 

By a vote of 292-137, lawmakers defeated a budget bill amendment offered by Republican Rep. Dave Camp of Michigan that would have denied funding to the Army Corps of Engineers to open the two navigational structures. Opponents argued successfully that the locks were vital to commerce and closing them wouldn't necessarily prevent the unwanted carp from reaching Lake Michigan.

 

Michigan and four other states — Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania — are suing in federal court to close the locks and permanently sever the man-made link between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River watersheds to prevent invasive species from migrating between them.

 

Camp and Sen. Debbie Stabenow, a Michigan Democrat, previously sponsored bills to close the locks, located on a network of rivers and canals near Chicago where bighead and silver carp have been found. Both are Asian species that escaped from Southern fish farms in the early 1970s and have migrated northward since then.

 

The carp can reach 4 feet in length and weigh more than 100 pounds. They are prolific and eat huge amounts of plankton, the microscopic plants and animals at the base of the aquatic food chain. Scientists say if they become established in the Great Lakes, they could crowd out native species and endanger a fishing industry valued at more than $7 billion.

 

During debate on his proposed amendment, Camp said closing the locks was "the single most important step we can take to prevent these species from entering the Great Lakes."  He accused opponents of exaggerating the potential damage to the Chicago economy, which he said would "pale in comparison to the multi-billion-dollar industries that would be wiped out by Asian carp."

 

"Every day of inaction puts the Great Lakes ecosystem, the largest body of fresh water in the world, and 800,000 jobs it sustains at risk," Camp said.

 

Rep. Mike Pence, an Indiana Republican, said electric barriers on the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal had done a good job of blocking the carp's advance, even though scientists have reported finding DNA from the carp beyond the devices.  "This is a serious but manageable threat to the Great Lakes region," Pence said.

 


Harbor Maintenance Act of 2011

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., introduced a bipartisan bill this week designed to fund critical operations and maintenance of the nation's harbors, including significant needs in the Great Lakes System. The Harbor Maintenance Act of 2011 would require funds in the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund be spent for their intended purpose rather than rerouted into the general tax fund.  Levin introduced the bill with Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, and a bipartisan group of 12 other senators.

 

"The harbors and ports in the Great Lakes and around the country are critical hubs for the transportation of massive amounts of goods, including food, energy, and manufacturing supplies. Their poor maintenance is a threat not only for shipping, but to every industry and family in America that consumes the goods flowing through them," Levin said. "The Harbor Maintenance Act of 2011 is a sensible proposal that simply requires that money collected for harbor and port maintenance is actually spent on those needs.

 

The Harbor Maintenance Act of 2011 would require that money in the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund be used for maintenance and operations of federal ports, instead of being redirected to other uses.  The Army Corps of

 

Engineers estimates that the nation's 59 busiest ports are available less than 35 percent of the time because they are inadequately maintained.

 

The Great Lakes System has a dredging backlog of 18 million cubic yards and a variety of other operations and maintenance projects needed to ensure efficient shipping in the Great Lakes. The dredging backlog in the Great Lakes alone is estimated to cost about $200 million to address.  The Harbor Maintenance Tax and Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund were created in 1986 to fund operations and maintenance of federal ports and harbors. The tax is levied against the value of imports and domestic cargo arriving at U.S. ports that have federally maintained harbors and channels.

 

The Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund currently has a balance of more than $5.7 billion. But the fund is not being fully used to address critical maintenance needs of harbors and ports around the country.  Similar problems once faced the Highway Trust Fund and the Airports and Airways Trust Fund, but Congress enacted similar legislation to correct them.

 

The bill is S. 412 and has been referred to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.


House-passed bill would block spending on E15

The House of Representatives has passed an amendment to federal spending legislation that prohibits the Environmental Protection Agency from using funding from this fiscal year to implement its waiver on the introduction of fuels containing 15 percent ethanol, or E15, the National Marine Manufacturers Association reported.

 

The EPA has approved the use of E15 for cars from model years 2001 and newer. Last December, the NMMA and its

partners in the Engine Products Group filed suit against the agency for its decision.

 

The amendment's sponsor, Rep. John Sullivan, R-Okla., noted that the amendment "ensures consumer safety, plain and simple. The EPA has completely ignored calls from lawmakers, industry, environmental and consumer groups to address important safety issues raised by the 50 % increase in the ethanol mandate issued over the past year."


General

Cold Weather Boating Requires Caution, Preparation

While many boaters in colder parts of the country have winterized their boats or put them into storage until spring, many still use their vessels for hunting, fishing or transportation.  Unfortunately, the risk of a deadly accident is increased with cold weather.   Extra caution and preparation should be taken before heading out on the water in winter.

 

The importance of wearing a life jacket becomes even more critical when the danger for hypothermia is added to other concerns.  Sudden immersion in cold water can have severe physiological consequences, including cardiac arrest, quick loss of body heat (the body loses heat 25 times faster in cold water than in cold air) and involuntary inhalation of water (gasping) that results in drowning.  Wearing a life jacket can keep the boaters head above water, keep the person warm, and provide a chance for rescue.

 

Wearing the right clothing also contributes to more enjoyable and safer cold weather boating.  Consider

 

layering clothing, and including a wet suit or dry suit, to

help ward off hypothermia.

 

Here are some additional tips for safe winter boating:

--Assess the risks – think what can go wrong and be fully equipped and prepared.

--Leave a float plan with a responsible individual who knows your intentions, location, and who to call if you fail to return as scheduled. 

--Carry a VHF radio and an EPIRB, signal flares and other means to draw attention to your location.

--Be aware of and prepared for the shock of sudden immersion and incapacitating effects of cold water

--dress to get wet and carry a change of clothing in a waterproof container.

--Be aware of activity around your vessel and potential for fast-changing weather.

--Boat safe and sober – save the alcohol for when you’ve safely returned.

--Be sure your vessel is in good operating condition and has the necessary safety equipment on board

--Refresh your seamanship skills…take a boating safety course offered by your local  Coast Guard Auxiliary flotilla.


Big Jump in Hunting License Sales

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last week reported a total of 14,974,534 paid license holders for 2009, the largest figure since 2002 and an increase of 526,494 over 2008. The 3.6 percent rise in paid license holders represents the largest year-over-year increase since 1974. (A "paid license holder" is one individual regardless of the number of licenses purchased.)

 

Another positive sign for hunting is that contrary to claims

 

of a wholesale decline in hunting participation, paid license holders have increased in 24 states in the five-year period from 2005 to 2009.  According to an NSSF-funded study carried out by Southwick Associates, the pool of hunters in America is much larger than previously thought. The study, released last fall, estimated that 21.8 million people purchased a hunting license at least once in the last five years.

 


Record-setting Classic win for VanDam

Kevin VanDam is the greatest bass fisherman ever

He proved it once again in convincing fashion on February 20, by taking his fourth Bassmaster Classic in the Louisiana Delta out of New Orleans

 

VanDam, a native of Kalamazoo, MI shook up a stack of Classic records; besides tying Clunn at four, he shattered a five-year-old Classic weight record when he brought 69 pounds, 11 ounces of Louisiana Delta bass to the scales over three days. The previous three-day, five-bass-limit mark was 56-2 by Luke Clausen in the 2006 Classic on a Florida bass factory, Lake Toho.

 

VanDam also set a record with 20 career Bassmaster

 

tournament wins. He had been tied with Roland Martin. He

also surpassed $5 million in BASS winnings with his Classic check of $500,000 to solidify his standing as the circuit’s all-time leading money winner.

 

He also now shares Clunn's claim as the only angler to take back-to-back Classic wins; Clunn did it in 1976-1977, VanDam in 2010-2011. To top off the superlatives list, VanDam now has twice held the sport's top two titles concurrently: Classic champ while being the reigning Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year

 

VanDam was using a Strike King KVD 1.5 crankbait, Quantum KVD Tour crankbait rod and 20-pound Bass Pro Shops brand fluorocarbon line.


Miami Boat Show Attendance Jumps 14 %

Attendance was up 14 % at the 2011 Miami International Boat Show, which closed February 21. The National Marine Manufacturers Association, which produces the show, reported 104,168 attendees this year, versus 91,415 in 2010. Strictly Sail Miami, however, was down 8 percent compared with 2009 - the last time it was held as a stand-

alone show. A total of 18,122 people attended Strictly Sail, versus 19,723 two years ago.

 

"The atmosphere throughout the five-day event was positive, and exhibitors from both shows reported strong buying crowds and increased sales," the NMMA said.


Indiana

Registration for outdoors workshop for Women opens March 1 

Women, ages 18-80 and older, can learn outdoor skills in a relaxed, low-pressure environment at Becoming an Outdoors Woman, April 29-May 1 at Ross Camp in West Lafayette. Registration opens March 1. Participation of novices and seasoned outdoor enthusiasts is limited to 100 patrons.    

 

Whether you've never stepped foot in the woods or you're a seasoned outdoor enthusiast, you'll have a wild time at Indiana's Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop,  The program is designed for women 18-80+ to learn outdoor skills in a relaxed, low-pressure environment.  Shoot clay

targets, paddle a canoe, catch a trophy bass, become a campfire gourmet cook, make a fur hat, spot rare wild birds, or learn to track deer...it's up to you.  Design your own outdoor experience to match your interests.

 

The BOW workshop is for you if…

·       You have never tried these activities, but have hoped for an opportunity to learn.

·       You are a beginner who hopes to improve your skills.

·       You know how to do some of these activities, but would like to try your hand at some new ones.

  You enjoy the camaraderie of like-minded individuals and you seek time away to reconnect with nature

 


Indiana schools archery tournament in Muncie, March 11

Indiana’s fifth annual National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) state tournament, which promises to be the largest indoor youth archery tournament in state history, will be held Friday, March 11, at the Horizon Convention Center in Muncie.

 

The tournament features 45 participating schools with nearly 1,000 students competing. Last year, more than 800 students from 30 plus schools participated. Participation has increased every year. There is no charge for admission. Indiana NASP coordinator Tim Beck said he hopes the growth will continue, not only with the tournament itself but for the in-school programs.

 

Doors open at 7 a.m. Flight (shooting) times start at 8 a.m. A new flight starts every two hours. The last flight is scheduled for 4 p.m. A shoot-off of the six top scorers, both male and female, will follow the last flight to determine the overall individual winners in the 4th-6th, 7th-8th and 9th-12th grade classifications. An awards ceremony will follow.

 

The Indiana Field Archery Association will run the tournament with DNR conservation officers, along with many volunteers. The Indiana Hunter Education Association is sponsoring the tournament. Supported as a joint venture between school corporations throughout Indiana and the DNR, NASP provides international target archery training in Indiana’s physical educational classes, grades 4-12. NASP supports student education and introduces many life skills through the lifelong sport of archery.

 

Tournament competition is open only to schools that have received the archery training provided by the DNR Division of Law Enforcement and have the archery program as a part of their school’s curriculum.  The program is supported and often funded through local school corporations, the Indiana Hunter Education Association, individual donations, conservation organizations, and corporate sponsors such as the National Wild Turkey Federation.

 

For more information on NASP, visit www.indiananasp.com or contact Beck at (812) 482-3093 or tbeck@dnr.IN.gov.

 


Public hearings for proposed rule changes on catfish March 21-22

The Indiana DNR has proposed rules changes governing the taking of catfish to help protect public catfish resources. The proposed changes are in response to public concerns regarding increasing harvest pressure on catfish, recently completed catfish research in the Wabash River, and ongoing, cooperative fish management discussions with other Ohio River states.

 

Currently, there is no limit to the number of large catfish that can be taken by sport and commercial fishing license holders, both in inland waters and in the Ohio River. The proposal for both sport and commercial fishing on rivers and streams (except the Ohio River), is to increase the existing 10-inch minimum size limit on channel catfish,

flathead catfish and blue catfish to 15 inches.

 

Meeting Info

March 21, 6 p.m. at Vincennes U Shircliff Theatre, 2nd and Harrison streets in Vincennes

March 22, 1:30 p.m., in Indianapolis, at the Government Center North, in the Natural Resources Commission, Division of Hearings Conference Room, 100 North Senate Ave., Room N501

 

Comments can also be submitted in writing to the Natural Resources Commission by going to www.IN.gov/nrc/2377.htm. Click on "Comment on Proposed Rule," next to the catfish amendments. The deadline for submitting comments is Monday, March 28.

 


Michigan

'Extinct' fish strain found off Leelanau

A Yooper thought to be lost has been found in the environs off the Leelanau County shoreline

A native Great Lakes fish long thought to be extinct appears to be making a comeback in Grand Traverse Bay – and people may be eating it, believing it is whitefish.  A strain of lake herring more commonly seen in the last century in Lake Superior is now thriving in local waters, according to fisheries research biologist Randy Claramunt of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources research station in Charlevoix.

 

The strain of lake herring once thought to be extinct is part of the salmonoid cisco family of fishes native to the Great Lakes. Claramunt said that the species had been declared extinct in the 1960’s. In the 1990’s, however, anecdotal evidence began to emerge that some of the fish might be frequenting Grand Traverse Bay in the waters off Leelanau County.

 

“Fishermen who were targeting salmon in Grand Traverse Bay would occasionally find these fish that looked a lot like whitefish – but not quite,” according to Claramunt. “Then, these fish started showing up occasionally in commercial nets.”

 

It wasn’t until the early 2000’s, Claramunt said, that biologists confirmed the presence of the lost lake herring – and found a spawning population of them on the shoals of East Grand Traverse Bay. “To the average person it might look identical to whitefish – so I’m sure people are eating them; and we’ve seen some for sale as whitefish through

 

the commercial fishery,” Claramunt said.

 

But the particular strain of lake herring now making a comeback differs from whitefish in some important respects. It’s mouth is more pointed because it feeds higher in the water column than the whitefish, which feeds on the bottom and has a mouth designed to do so.

 

The lake herring is also more slender and has smaller fins than a whitefish.

 

“You really need to look carefully to see the differences,” Claramunt said. A mature lake herring generally weighs 6 to 8 pounds and grows to 20 to 22 inches in length.

 

“This particular species is like no other cisco in the Great Lakes,” he added. “They are very hardy and appear to be doing very well.”

 

There are no restrictions on catching them – and almost no way such a ban could be enforced anyway.

 

Claramunt said he frequently works with fisheries biologists with the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians based in Peshawbestown, and is looking forward to his visit to the Inland Seas Education Association. Claramunt’s current work as a researcher includes statistical analysis of survey data; catch-at-age modeling for lake trout, whitefish and Chinook salmon; and cooperative multi-agency assessment of predator-prey interations in Lake Michigan, according to a news release


2011 Hunting and Fishing Licenses go on Sale March 1

Ditto for Pure Michigan Hunt Applications

The Michigan DNR is reminding outdoor enthusiasts that the 2011 hunting and fishing licenses go on sale starting Tuesday, March 1. The licenses are good from the date of purchase through March 31, 2012, unless otherwise specified for restricted hunts. Persons who purchase four or more licenses at one time are eligible for a 15 percent discount. Prices have not changed from 2010 prices.

 

For all regional fishing licenses and regulations, go to: www.great-lakes.org/licenses.html

 

Anglers are not required to possess a 2011 fishing license until April 1, when the new season begins and new regulations take effect. Check the 2011 Michigan Fishing Guide for regulations changes. Anglers should be advised,

however, that the daily creel limit for walleye on Lake Erie

may change May 1.

 

Applications for the 2012 Pure Michigan Hunt, which allows those chosen to participate in every limited-entry hunt offered in Michigan, are also on sale at all license vendors and online starting March 1 to Dec. 31. For more information on the Pure Michigan Hunt, go to www.michigan.gov/puremichiganhunt.

 

People may also purchase E-Gift Cards online through the DNRE's website that can be redeemed online for any hunting or fishing license or snowmobile or off-road vehicle trail sticker. The E-Gift Cards make great gifts for outdoor enthusiasts. The E-Gift Cards can only be used for online purchases of licenses, and cannot be redeemed at a retailer or a DNRE office. The E-Gift Cards are available in $15, $30 and $50 increments.


Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program Turkey Hunting Workshop April 2

The Michigan DNR is offering a Spring Turkey Hunting workshop April 2 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in cooperation with Gander Mountain. This workshop is part of the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program. The program will be offered at the Gander Mountain store in Portage, located at 5348 S. Westnedge Ave.

 

BOW is a non-competitive program in which each individual is encouraged to learn at her own pace. The emphasis is on the enjoyment, fun and camaraderie of outdoor activities, and sharing in the success of one another.  Instructors will provide participants with all of the

information needed to begin turkey hunting. The workshop includes season rules and regulations, habitat, scouting, patterning, hunting technique and will cover different types of equipment needed for a successful hunt.

 

Young hunters ages 10 and older are welcome when accompanied by an adult. The cost per person is $10 and includes all workshop materials, including a turkey call. Participants must pre-register for this workshop as space is limited. The registration deadline is March 31.

For registration forms and info: www.michigan.gov/bow, 517-241-2225 or email dnr-outdoors-woman@michigan.gov.

 


DNR Reminds the Public of Problems Caused by Feral Hogs

Michigan declares open season on invasive critters

The Michigan DNR is reminding citizens that licensed hunters or concealed weapons permit holders may kill feral hogs during daylight hours at any time on public land. Anyone, regardless of permits or licenses, can kill feral pigs on private land with landowner permission.

 

Feral hogs – animals from hunting preserves or domestic swine that have escaped and are living in the wild – are a nuisance that can cause widespread environmental damage as well as spread disease to both domestic stock and other wild animals. They wreak havoc on a variety of wildlife species – especially ground-nesting birds – and cause millions of dollars of damage to agriculture nationally. They are potentially dangerous to humans.

 

Michigan has designated feral hogs as an invasive species, by DNR director’s order, effective this summer, pending legislative action to regulate the hunting preserve industry.

Feral hogs have been documented in 30 Michigan counties and wildlife officials want to eliminate them before they overrun the state as they have elsewhere in the United States, particularly in the South. Once wild hog populations become established, they are almost impossible to control.

 

“Feral swine are a clear, present and growing danger to Michigan wildlife and agribusiness,” said DNRE Wildlife Division Chief Russ Mason. “They threaten deer, grouse, turkey, pheasant and waterfowl, as well as Michigan’s ecosystems. Unless we take strong and meaningful steps immediately, whether through a ban or meaningful regulation, Michigan will be become just another invaded state where feral swine have a permanent presence and create another unending liability that cripples economic recovery.”

 

The DNR maintains a web page about feral swine (www.michigan.gov/feralswine), including a new video produced by the Mississippi State Extension Service that outlines the various problems caused by feral hogs.


Ohio

Public Comment Invited on Wildlife Issues
Open houses will be on first Saturday in March

COLUMBUS, OH - The Ohio DNR is inviting the public to its annual open houses on Saturday, March 5, from noon until 3 p.m. Open houses are scheduled for the same day and time in Akron, Athens, Columbus, Findlay and Xenia.

 

“Anyone interested in providing input and participating in Ohio's professional wildlife management process is welcome,” said Vicki J. Mountz, acting chief of the Division of Wildlife. Mountz added that at each open house location, fish and wildlife biologists along with law enforcement officers will be on hand to answer questions.

 

This year’s topics include fishery management changes for the Ohio River. Season dates and bag limits of game species will be available, which will include Ohio’s most popular game animal, the white-tailed deer.   Public input gathered at these open houses will be forwarded to the division's central office in Columbus, and considered during the formulation of regulations.

For more information or directions go to: wildohio.com or call 1-800-WILDLIFE  (945-3543).  A statewide hearing on all of the proposed rules will be held at 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 10 at the Division of Wildlife’s District One office, at 1500 Dublin Road in Columbus. This hearing is open to the public and input is permitted within specific time limits.  After considering public input, the Ohio Wildlife Council will vote on the proposed rules during its April 6 meeting.

 

March 5 Open House Location Information

Central Ohio- Wildlife District One Office, 1500 Dublin Rd, Columbus, (614) 644-3925

Northwest Ohio- Wildlife District Two Office, 952 Lima Ave, Findlay, (419) 424-5000

Northeast Ohio- Wildlife District Three Office, 912 Portage Lakes Dr, Akron, (330) 644-2293

Southeast Ohio- Wildlife District Four Office, 360 E. State St, Athens, (740) 589-9930

Southwest Ohio- Greene County Fish and Game Club, 1538 Union Rd, Xenia, (937) 372-9261


Wisconsin

Early catch and release trout season opens March 5

MADISON - These are the good old days of fishing: anglers venturing out for the early catch-and-release trout season that opens March 5 should generally find more fish and more miles to fish than in the past 60 years.

 

"Trout abundance is at or near all-time highs on most waters in western Wisconsin," says Heath Benike, fish manager for Barron and Polk counties. "Several good year classes are recruiting into area trout fisheries and fishing should be good to excellent on many local waters."

Fish managers across the state are echoing his assessment, and now, a new UW-Stevens Point analysis backs that up: Trout populations have generally increased statewide, and the number of fish in all sizes examined have increased, since 1950.

 

And the state has more miles of trout streams to enjoy: 10,631 miles of trout streams, up from 9,562 in 1980, although not all of them are open for the early season.  "The biggest factor this early season will be anglers' ability to get to the streams with the large amount of snow present in western Wisconsin, but anglers should not get discouraged," Benike said.

 

Until the snow melts, anglers should focus their efforts during the warmest part of the day, usually around noon to 4 p.m. when water temperatures are higher and trout are most active. "After the snow has melted, trout activity will increase considerably and in mid-late April some of the biggest trout of the season are caught as the fish become more active and aggressive," he says.

 

Season details

The early catch-and-release trout season opens at 5 a.m.

on March 5 and runs until midnight May 1. Most trout

streams are open to early fishing with the exception of most Lake Superior tributaries and most streams in northeast Wisconsin; check the current trout fishing regulations pamphlet for specific waters. Anglers are required to use artificial lures and flies; barbless hooks are not required.

 

More trout waters to fish

Wisconsin's official list of classified trout streams was updated last year and contains 58 more streams that have been classified as trout waters since 2002. Most of those 260 miles are found in west central and southern Wisconsin counties and will be open for the early season.

Online maps and interactive maps will make all of the trout waters easier to find and provide other information to increase anglers’ success. The maps, along with other information to help you find easy public access to trout waters and some new places to fish, are available on DNR's Early Trout Season web page: http://dnr.wi.gov/fish/seasons/earlytrout.htm

 

Public lands provide easy access

To help provide easy access to trout streams and to protect critical trout habitat areas, the DNR has invested in acquiring property and securing permanent easements. Statewide, land acquisitions have protected more than 107,000 acres of sensitive fish habitat areas since 1960, the vast majority of them for trout. DNR also has secured permanent easements along nearly 13,000 acres, a cheap and effective way to protect critical habitat and provide fishing access because the property stays in private hands.

 

For more info: http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/facilities/fisheryareas/county.html.


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Study shows surprising impact Great Lakes have on U.S. economy
The Great Lakes provide 1.5 million jobs in the U.S. and $62 billion in wages every year, according to a study by Michigan Sea Grant. The total number and percentage of jobs by industry illustrate how critical the Great Lakes are to the region. There are more than 525,000 Great Lakes-related jobs in Michigan alone.

 

'Extinct' fish strain found off Leelanau
A native Great Lakes fish long thought to be extinct appears to be making a comeback in Grand Traverse Bay – and people may be eating it, believing it is whitefish.

 

Budget cuts may close 5 Allegheny locks
The days may be numbered for several Allegheny River navigation locks. Anticipating funding cuts, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is exploring plans to close five locks that are used by recreational boaters but have little commercial traffic.

Ottawa County to buy ‘unique’ 100 acres along the Grand River

Ottawa County will purchase 100 acres of land along the Grand River. The property is located north of Fillmore St, east of 42nd Ave. The Parks Dept received a grant from the Mich. Natural Resource Trust Fund for $595,000 toward the purchase, leaving $813,750 to be paid from the county's dedicated parks millage.

Lana Pollack: Joint commission devoted to welfare of Great Lakes
The International Joint Commission is committed to engaging the public in important discussions regarding the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem.

 

 

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