Friday, July 3, 2015

No Wires Monday, July 6
There will be no wires Monday, July 6, in observance of the 4th of July weekend. Releases received over the weekend will appear in the Tuesday, July 7 edition of The Fishing Wire.

"Be Ready For Anything" Launches July 8
Be Ready for Anything , The Outdoor Wire Digital Network's newest news and information service launches on Wednesday, July 8. The weekly newsletter will focus on a simple theme: be ready for anything you encounter in life. It will use the latest industry news and information to help you be ready for the unexpected events of everyday life instead of stressing you with the "worst case scenarios" or preparations for "the end of the world as we know it." Featuring common-sense information you can use in both your daily life and emergencies, the inaugural edition will go to all OWDN subscribers. At that point, you'll have a single weekly source for the information you need to be better prepared for…anything.

There will be an enforced regulated navigation area with an enforced 15-knot speed limit in the Intracoastal Waterway, extending from Buena Vista, Miami, to Black Point, Miami, from 7 p.m. July 4, 2015, until 2 a.m. July 5, 2015.
After a weekend in which three people died on Maryland waterways, the mission for the Maryland Natural Resources Police this July 4th holiday is simple: fewer boating accidents.

The Coast Guard rescued two children and two adult jet skiers who were stranded in the mud Wednesday near Great Sound in Cape May County.

Eligible conservation coalitions nationwide have about a week to submit pre-proposals to improve soil health, preserve clean water, combat drought and protect wildlife habitat. The deadline is July 8th.
Leaders of the Gulf of Mexico's recreational fishing community reaffirmed their commitment to improving the region's fisheries and access opportunities following the announcement of an $18.7-billion settlement between BP, the five Gulf States, and the federal government for environmental damages and lost revenues resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil disaster.

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) this week issued a request for bids to start early construction of key features of the Caloosahatchee River (C-43) West Basin Storage Reservoir, which will sprawl across some 10,000 acres.

The Coast Guard, along with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, are set to conduct patrols, Sunday, throughout the Intercoastal Waterway in the vicinity of Palm Valley, Florida, in conjunction with the planned Valley Palooza event.

Under the new agreement, anglers can continue to catch summer chinook and sockeye salmon through July 31 from the Astoria-Megler Bridge upriver to Bonneville Dam, where the season was previously scheduled to end July 7
The DNR has a section of their website dedicated to all things lake sturgeon. The page includes their background, their history, angling information, partnership efforts to manage this species, videos and photos and much more.
For at least the last 20 years the Department of Natural Resources has annually been stocking around 34,000 Skamania-strain steelhead and 50,000 Little Manistee-strain steelhead at Tippy Dam.

Gene Larew Lures has acquired Crappie Pro, a popular crappie fishing brand known for its quality jig heads featuring horizontal balancing, super sharp hooks and durable color finishes.

Every lionfish shirt sold by Wildlife Forever this week will generate $8 to help fight the spread of invasive species.
Recent flooding below Lake Texoma has resulted in increased angling activity in the Denison Dam tailrace and a heightened threat that invasive species such as silver or bighead carp could be introduced into the lake.

The Managing Editor will work under the supervision of the Group Managing Editor and will serve as in-house liaison to the Production, Marketing and Sales departments to deliver quality editorial.

After high water levels forced several closures at Lake Pueblo State Park, the park is now able to reverse some of those closures with the approach of the holiday weekend.
The Louisiana Shrimp Task Force applauds the actions of state legislators and Governor Jindal as HB 668 by Rep. Dorothy Sue Hill was signed into law today. Effective August 1, HB 668 repeals state laws, which up to this point have prohibited Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents from enforcing federal turtle excluder device (TED) and by-catch reduction device (BRD) regulations in state territorial waters.
Salmon, steelhead, crab, as well as trout, bass and walleye – all are now available for harvest in various waters around the state.
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission will meet on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, at 1 p.m. at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H., to discuss potential hunting and fishing license fee increases
For the second time in less than two weeks, Maryland Natural Resources Police officers seized an illegally owned alligator, this time in Prince George's County.
At its April 15 meeting in Tallahassee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved increasing the minimum size limit of gray triggerfish in Atlantic state waters from 12 inches fork length to 14 inches fork length.
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has developed a new online search tool for anglers who are interested in fishing for trout in western North Carolina.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will be conducting aquatic weed control operations in Lake Rousseau from July 6-17, using EPA-approved herbicides.

Catch the best of hunting and fishing on Destination Outdoors starting at 5A/ET both Saturday and Sunday.

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia's historic James River will host the first 2015 Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Northern Open presented by Allstate from July 9-11, and the timing couldn't be better.

Bass Edge Radio, presented by MegaWare KeelGuard is excited to feature BASS Elite Series Angler Chris Zaldain in their latest iTunes podcast.

Top Midwest Walleyes Lakes

By Vexilar Pro Jason Mitchell

The Midwest is ground zero for walleye fishing popularity. Midwesterners love their fish with the white tipped tails and luckily, there are several great walleye fishing destinations across the northern tier of the United States. Of course we couldn't put every great walleye fishery on this list and the list is in no particular order. This list is nothing more than some top-notch fisheries that are fishing extremely well right now. Healthy fish populations, trophy fish potential and catch ability all factor into some of the best walleye water we have seen in our travels that in our opinion offer some of the best walleye fishing in the region.

Leech Lake, Minnesota
This massive natural lake in northern Minnesota has gotten a lot of attention in recent years for great walleye fishing but this lake just seems to get more solid each year. There are a lot of walleye in this lake with opportunities for both eater size fish and big fish. What is neat about this big lake is that you can fish so many different ways. From classic rigging and jigging presentations to lead core and swim baits, there is so much variety in this ecosystem that there are usually several solid patterns happing at once.

Lake Winnibigoshish, Minnesota
Another of the big natural lakes in northern Minnesota, Winnie has quietly developed into one of Minnesota's best walleye lakes. Perhaps at the expense of the Lake's renowned perch population, the walleye population is healthy and thriving. Fun shallow weed patterns occur through the summer as well as classic structure fishing over deep gravel bars.

Devils Lake, North Dakota
This now massive natural lake is now nearly 200,000 acres of water when you look at the entire lake basin and include Stump Lake. With high water and a decade and a half of incredible recruitment, this lake continues to live up to its stellar reputation as a top tier walleye fishery. Several shallow patterns emerge that are fun for anglers. Top tactics include pitching crank baits and soft plastic swim baits into shallow water along with classic bottom bouncer and spinner presentations along weed bed edges.

Bitter Lake, South Dakota
The Glacial Lakes Region of South Dakota is very similar to Devils Lake in terms of history and high water creating new fishing opportunities. Bitter Lake is now the largest lake in the region and offers tremendous fishing. Anglers enjoy casting jigs and crank baits along weed bed edges or run the contours with bottom bouncer and spinners. Within sixty miles of Bitter Lake however are countless small lakes that also offer tremendous fishing and some of the lakes no doubt offer as good of fishing as your going to find anywhere particular for numbers of fish.

Green Bay, Wisconsin
Probably the best fishery on the list for consistently producing trophy caliber fish. While some fisheries like the Western Basin of Lake Erie, Columbia River, Lake Winnipeg and Tobin Lake get a lot of attention for producing big fish. Green Bay often gets overlooked. Classic Great Lakes harness and board fishing tactics often shine through the summer with many small boat fishing opportunities on the right days.

Lake Sakakawea, North Dakota
This reservoir on the Missouri River in western North Dakota has been on the upswing in recent years and has several good year classes of fish. Extremely high amounts of forage have actually slowed fishing down over the past few years but there are a lot of walleyes in this lake and they have been well fed. This is more of an anticipatory pick as this cyclic lake by nature is due to really turn on and the stars are lining up. Anglers often focus on classic reservoir structure with live bait rigs, jigs and bottom bouncer and spinner presentations along with trolling crankbaits.

Kabetogama Lake, Minnesota
A classic Minnesota north woods fishing experience. With much of the lake located within Voyageurs National Forest, this mostly undeveloped lake offers that cool wilderness experience. Classic deep structure jigging and rigging tactics shine on this lake. Much like a Canadian Shield fishing experience, this lake is full of sixteen to twenty four inch walleye.

Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin
Really some of Wisconsin's best inland walleye water. Great early season opportunities exist on the Wolf River but as the season progresses, much of the attention shifts back to the basin of Winnebago. Another lake with so many different patterns, walleyes can be found in shallow reeds and rocks or suspended out over the deeper basins.

Mississippi River Pool Four, Minnesota
We would rate this fishery right behind Green Bay for big fish potential on this list. Probably one of the best places in Minnesota for consistently finding fish over twenty-nine inches. A variety of fun patterns emerge including wing dams, trolling lead core and blade baits.

Lake of the Woods/ Rainy River, Minnesota
A very big lake with a huge population of walleyes. The Rainy River spring walleye run is one of the best fishing opportunities there is but what surprises some people are just how good the small boat opportunities are on the Rainy long after the crowds have left. Out on the big water, there are some phenomenal trolling bites that more recreational anglers are discovering with snap weights and lead core.

Missouri River, North Dakota
While the overall size of the fish has dropped off in recent years, the spring run up the Missouri River near Bismarck, North Dakota is still a walleye slug fest where anglers can sometimes score some big catches of walleyes with many fifteen to nineteen inch fish. Pitch jigs along shallow wood and sand bar current seams, slip jigs in faster water or pull crankbaits upstream.

All of these notable fisheries are top tier destinations that attract legions of anglers each season. A sampling of some of the Midwest's top walleye fisheries but in no way is this a complete list of every great fishing opportunity. There are several smaller and more obscure fishing opportunities that fly under the radar and remember that a great day on a mediocre fishery is much better than a poor day on a great fishery. Is there a fishery we left off this list? Let us know what you think on the Jason Mitchell Outdoors Facebook Page,

Also don't forget to check out the new and improved Vexilar website!! Visit for more info and to learn/see all the great products!!

Good luck out there and be safe!!

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