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WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 2018

BOATING

North Dakota boaters are reminded to exercise patience and plan accordingly when heading to a lake or river this summer. 

Illinois Conservation Police officers are reminding boaters to wear life jackets, and for boat operators to stay sober, as Illinois’ busiest boating season begins with the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.  The reminders come as part of National Safe Boating Week, May 19-25. 

A middle-age Billings man drowned Monday while floating the Smith River about eight miles upstream of the Eden Bridge take out, south of Great Falls. 

COAST GUARD
 The Coast Guard rescued a kayaker who was stranded during a fishing trip after his kayak began taking on water through a hole in the hull on the Albion River, Sunday.  
EVENTS

Ranger Boats Pro and reigning Forrest Wood Cup Champion Justin Atkins is set to be the guest speaker for Wednesday's angler and sponsor banquet night. 

ODFW will stock the pond with rainbow trout just prior to the May 26 event and will hand out rods, reels, tackle and bait to youngsters who are learning to fish or do not have their own gear. 

Thousands of the world’s fly-fishers – from first-timers to seasoned professionals – will turn their eyes to the Boise Centre for Fly Fishers International’s 2018 Fly Fishing Fair and FishFest, Aug.7-11. 

FISHERIES
Recently, 30,000 striped bass fingerlings were stocked in the Coosa River above Weiss Lake to supplement the existing population, which has experienced a decline in recent years. 

Researchers at the Harte Research Institute (HRI) for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi are asking anglers to use extra fishing days this year to contribute vital data about their catch through the mobile app, iSnapper. 

A St. Louis scout, Maddy Agers, coordinated the construction and placement of 200 fish habitat structures in Combs Lake as a donation to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) 

The 2018 recreational red snapper season will begin on Friday, May 25 in both state and federal waters. The season will run 7 days a week with a daily bag limit of two fish per person and a 16-inch total length minimum size limit. 

INDUSTRY

The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) is pleased to announce that Emily Beach, most recently with the Archery Trade Association (ATA), is the association’s new R3 (Recruitment, Retention and Reactivation) Director.   

INVASIVE SPECIES

The record breaking late ice on the Iowa Great Lakes delayed curlyleaf pondweed growth in the Iowa Great Lakes, but it will top out in portions of East Okoboji Lake and other lakes this week. 

JOBS

Nexus Outdoors is looking for a Photographer/Videographer to help produce cutting-edge depictions of products, both in the field and in the studio. 

NEW PRODUCTS

The overwhelming popularity of last year’s introduction of Outdoor Edge’s ParaClaw—a paracord survival bracelet with an inconspicuous utility/personal-defense knife designed into its patent-pending sheath/buckle system—inspired the company to expand this line to include two ParaClaw Close Quarter Defense (CQD) watches. 

PRO TEAMS

Mossy Oak is proud to announce that its Fishing Team Member Ott DeFoe has made full-time cup status for Major League Fishing (MLF) and will compete in the two MLF Cup events scheduled for 2019. 

PUBLISHING

With Father’s Day just around the corner, Outdoor News, Inc., publisher of locally written fishing and hunting outdoor newspapers in seven Great Lakes states, has compiled a list of upgrade ideas for sporting enthusiasts in the annual gift guide found in the pages of your upcoming issue of Outdoor News.   

STATES

Anglers are requested to record their angling for striped bass in the Hudson this year, and to turn in the logbooks to the DEC at season end.

For only $30/year, you can outfit your vehicle, motorcycle, RV or trailer with a plate that shows what drives you, and $22 of the $30 goes directly to help fund conservation efforts.

Florida is offering free freshwater fishing June 2-3, and free saltwater fishing June 9-10.

North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries biologists investigated winterkills at 13 lakes this spring, and some were considered significant enough to affect the quality of fishing.

 Under Governor Cuomo's Adventure NY initiative, DEC is making strategic investments to expand access to healthy, active outdoor recreation, connect more New Yorkers and visitors to nature and the outdoors, protect natural resources, and boost local economies. 

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announces that the water level in Iatt Lake will be lowered for a brief period of time beginning on May 31, 2018, in order to complete necessary repairs of the spillway management gates.   

TECHNOLOGY

The ruling ends a decades-long satellite industry monopoly in which only one company was authorized to provide satellite GMDSS service and for the first time will bring competition and truly global coverage, to mariners sailing any of the world’s oceans, according to Iridium.  

TOURNAMENTS

 The Arkansas Hospitality Association will once again place $100,000 guaranteed in prizes on the line for fishermen and fisherwomen who enter the state’s largest fishing tournament this summer. 

The 16th annual Palm Beach County KDW Classic, one of Florida’s largest Kingfish, Dolphin & Wahoo fishing tournaments, is set for June 1st & 2nd at the Riviera Beach Marina. 

 Check out these four fishing tournaments planned for the Florida Panhandle from June through August.

Jason Christie posted top-10 finishes at the two most recent Bassmaster Elite Series tournaments (4th at Kentucky Lake and 10th at Lake Travis) to offset the sting of a 97th at Grand Lake in his home state of Oklahoma last month, allowing him to hold onto the top spot in the latest BassFan World Rankings. 

National Professional Anglers Association (NPAA) members Frank and Brycen Burkhart have committed to donate 50 percent of their 2018 tournament winnings to the Future Angler Foundation (FAF) as a way to give back to the sport they’ve dedicated their lives to. 

WASHINGTON

Continuing his efforts to increase access to public lands, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced a proposal to open more than 248,000 acres to new or expanded hunting and fishing opportunities at 30 national wildlife refuges. 

WORKSHOPS

Hosted by the Florida Wildlife Commission, the day-long clinic will teach basic angling skills, safety, ethics and conservation stewardship in a fun laid-back atmosphere. 

FISHING CALENDAR
May 28
Memorial Day--No Wires

May 29
Captain Dylan Hubbard presents Free Bottom-fishing Seminar

Maus Nissan, New Port Richey, FL, 7 p.m., free barbecue included; www.mausnissan.com.

June 4-10
Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic

Biloxi, MS. Billfish (weight and release divisions), tuna, wahoo, dolphin and swordfish. More than $1.5MM in prizes; mgcbc.com

 
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