MyNOAACharts, which can be used on land and on the water, has built-in GPS capabilities that allow users to find their position on a NOAA nautical chart. Users can zoom in on any specific location or zoom out for the big picture to plan their route.
Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) now has over 1000 marinas and other boating and fishing businesses and service providers in the BoatUS Cooperating Marina Program that offer discounts on fuel, repairs, transient slips and even fishing guide services.
Illinois Conservation Police (CPOs) are gearing up to help ensure the public's safety on Illinois waterways throughout the year as part of the observance of National Safe Boating Week, May 18-24. As in year's past, CPOs are asking boaters to 'Wear It!' while boating this season.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will conduct a public open house to gather input on the proposed acquisition of property on Eagle Lake in Cass County for development of a boating access site.
On April 6th, the four-man crew of Ocean Adventure Rowing and Education (O.A.R Northwest) attempting a Trans-Atlantic Expedition from Dakar to Miami was derailed after their boat capsized about 400 miles north of Puerto Rico. The 4 rowers were all equipped with ACR ResQLink Personal Locator Beacons which they promptly activated to facilitate their own rescue.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report from the good Samaritan vessel Capt. Blake Kerry at approximately 9 a.m. that a flare alerted the location of two men aboard a grounded boat in a marshy area. The two men initially declined assistance until one of the boaters, a 70-year-old man, began to experience health concerns.
The official release of the new Invaders of the Great Lakes pocket guide took place at the Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener in Park Rapids. Wildlife Forever's Douglas Grann, President and CEO, and Pat Conzemius, Conservation Director, attended the opener to spread the word about Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! and invasive species found throughout the Great Lakes and in rivers, lakes and streams across the country.
Using a mix of computer modeling and temperature measurements, Wisconsin Sea Grant-funded researchers have found that water temperature changes over the past 27 years have made conditions more favorable for Chinook salmon, walleye and lean lake trout and less favorable for siscowet lake trout, which prefer colder water and have lost about 20 percent of their historical habitat.
A new N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission rule requires fish dealers that report annual average landings of greater than 50,000 pounds of finfish for three consecutive calendar years to report landings electronically.
Mote Marine Laboratory has received a $150,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to establish the first center for electronic monitoring of commercial fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico - a first step toward gathering more scientifically sound data to inform fisheries management Gulf-wide.
Reese Towpower®, the market leader in towing products, created Carbon FORGED as a single one piece weld-free ball mount with patented Interlock hitch ball system that's simple to assemble using the "One Wrench Tightening System."
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today urged coastal fishing businesses harmed by Storm Sandy to apply for available funding through the State's recently approved Coastal Fishing Industry Grant Program. Under the program (see here) eligible businesses will be able to apply for grants of up to $50,000 to cover uncompensated losses
Trout fishing success at Two Rivers State Recreation Area (SRA) Lake No. 5 has significantly slowed over the past several weeks because of predation by cormorants and pelicans.
To kick off National Fishing Week, the city of Chico will be welcoming kids to an outstanding free "Hooked On Fishing, Not On Drugs"** event, reportedly one of the largest single-day children's fishing events in the entire United States.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is hosting a Kids Fishing Day Camp for children 10 to 15 years of age at Woodworth Outdoor Education Center from June 10 to 13, 2013.
A non-drug aid, Queaz-Away Travelers' Wristbands from Davis Instruments help tame the tummies of people on the go. Queaz-Away is used throughout the world by yachtsmen, pilots, divers, physicians and hospitals.
The public is invited to the MAFMC Meeting at the Double-Tree by Hilton in Tinton Falls-Eatontown, N.J. June 10-13.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), joined by the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is recognizing the Friday before Memorial Day as "Don't Fry Day", to encourage Americans to take a few simple steps to protect their health and prevent skin cancer throughout the summer.
Active-duty military members who enlisted as Michigan residents and have maintained residence status can now obtain annual Michigan fishing or hunting licenses free of charge, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced today.
The Department of Natural Resources today announced all four of its research vessels are back on the water, conducting annual surveys of Great Lakes fish populations.
Boaters and anglers play a key role in preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS). The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reminds recreationists that regulations are now in place to help prevent the spread of these species.
Metro area families can learn to fish this summer at free clinics hosted every week throughout June and July in both Oklahoma City and Jenks.
Pike County Public Fishing Lake near Troy, Ala., has been temporarily closed for renovations and restocking. During the renovation period, the lake's dam and valve system will be repaired.
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will be conducting an angler survey at Stonewall Jackson Lake, according to Bret Preston, assistant chief of the Wildlife Resources Section. The survey is part of the agency's effort to evaluate two proposed fishing regulations.
Each year the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) designates the first weekend in June as "Free Fishing Weekend" in Mississippi. On June 1-2, 2013, any person may sport fish without a fishing license or a state lake fishing or boating permit.
A Miami man has caught and killed the longest Burmese python ever captured in Florida: 18 feet, 8 inches. The python was a 128-pound female that was not carrying eggs, according to University of Florida scientists who examined the snake.
Sportsman Channel, the leader in outdoor TV for the American Sportsman, announced today it has racked up nine total finalist nominations across two prestigious industry awards that recognize excellence in cable television.
Mike Van Houten of Des Moines, Iowa, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 16 pounds, 14 ounces Saturday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Great Lakes Division event on the Mississippi River-La Crosse. For his victory, Van Houten earned $4,720.
Travis Lilly of Bluff City, Tenn., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 24 pounds, 12 ounces Saturday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Volunteer Division event on Douglas Lake. For his victory, Lilly earned $3,545.
Benjamin Reynolds, Callands, Va., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 17 pounds, 1 ounce Saturday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Shenandoah Division event on Smith Mountain Lake. For his victory, Reynolds earned $4,315 plus $2,000 Ranger Cup bonus.
By Bob Jensen
Walleyes spawn so shallow sometimes their dorsal fin will be above the surface of the water. After the spawn they move into the mid-depths to recover from the rigors of spawning, or maybe they stay in the shallows and just don't eat much. But a few days after spawning has ended, walleyes will get active in the shallows. This is when they get easy to catch.
Look for shallow walleyes wherever the shiners or other baitfish are spawning. Shorelines with small rocks, areas with vegetation starting to come up, points related to shorelines, these areas will all hold shallow walleyes early in the summer, and there are lots of ways to catch 'em when they're in these locations.
Crankbaits, slip-bobber rigs and live bait rigs will all catch shallow walleyes. But the folks who catch walleyes most regularly are probably throwing a jig tipped with either a minnow or plastic.
When the walleyes have just recovered from the spawn, they'll be most susceptible to a jig and minnow combination. In some bodies of water the walleyes will eat a jig tipped with a fathead minnow: Elsewhere a shiner on the back of a jig will be far more productive. I almost always have both shiners and fatheads in the boat. Shiners can be tough to keep lively, so I put them in a Frabill 1404 aerated container. This unit keeps shiners in a fish-catching attitude.
I'm hooking the minnow to an eighth ounce stand-up Fire-Ball jig almost all of the time. The stand-up design of this jig enables me to pause my retrieve, but the jig stands up, remaining in full view of the fish. A round head jig lies flat on the bottom at rest, making it harder for the fish to see.
As the water warms, the walleyes become more susceptible to a jig/plastic presentation. Where a couple of days earlier we were crawling the jig/minnow along the bottom, with the plastic we'll be snapping it pretty aggressively. Walleyes in warmer water will eagerly whack a jig/plastic combo that is moving quickly along the bottom. Many of the strikes will come as the jig is gliding back to the bottom after it has been snapped. A Rock-It jig tipped with something like an Impulse Paddle Minnow is tough to beat. Fish the jig/plastic with eight or ten pound test Bionic Walleye Braid. The braid works better with the snapping retrieve. Fish the jig/minnow on six, seven, or eight pound test Bionic Walleye monofilament.
Walleyes can be found in shallow water year 'round in most lakes, rivers, and reservoirs wherever walleyes swim, particularly after dark, but look for them in the shallows especially in late spring and early summer. Make long casts, keep a low profile, and be quiet. If you do these things, you'll find yourself catching walleyes shallower than you might have imagined.
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