Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Coast Guard boat and air crews worked together for a unique rescue of two people stranded on a disabled boat at the mouth of the Detroit River late Tuesday night.

At 4:46 a.m. Friday, the Jayhawk helicopter crew found the 20-foot flats boat near Jug Creek without Jim Winkler aboard.

Exelon and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife agency agree on improving fish lifts and trucking to restore depleted Susquehanna River runs of shad and river herring.
If you are interested in spending a morning on the beautiful Rainbow River while helping protect this precious spring system, we've got just the event for you.

Brunswick Corporation today reported it has been the victim of an email phishing incident that resulted in the potential unauthorized disclosure of 2015 W-2 information of a large number of current and former employees.

One of the easiest, least expensive and most effective ways to increase fishing action is by spooling up with line that's a perfect fit for the conditions at hand.

Not only has the organization grown to include more than 100 members since its founding earlier this year, but on a recent Saturday evening, the MLSA hosted its first Bronzeback Blowout event and raised just over $13,000 net.

Funding proposals for 2016 are now being accepted through the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program, with an anticipated $3.6 million available to applicants.

Today Boating Industry announced its annual listing of Top Products, including Yar-Craft's 2095 BTX Backtroller.
In recognition of its fishability, sensitivity, versatility and durability, the St. Croix Legend Elite was recently named the Editor's Choice among 2016 spinning rods by Outdoor Life magazine.
Brunswick Corporation (NYSE:BC) today announced it has named Steve Langlais as president of its Princecraft brand of freshwater boats, effective May 2.

One angler selected from the 2017 Earn Your Wings team will acquire an eight-week paid internship with Fenwick at their headquarters in Columbia, S.C.

The Berkley Experience Trailer rolls through 2016 with 27 different locations. The next event is at the Scheels store in Fargo, N.D.
Popular Ranger dealer Angler's Port Marine is proud to announce the "Ride and Go On-the-Water Boat Show" as a great way to kick-start summer boating fun for families in and around the Warsaw area.
Yamaha Marine Group announced today the "Wake Up the Season" sales event, a promotion that offers consumers up to $500 in dealer credit toward the purchase of goods and/or services when they purchase a select new, eligible Yamaha four-stroke outboard.
The first event of the 2016 TESTRIDE season will begin this weekend at Lord Fletcher's on Lake Minnetonka. On Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., TESTRIDE will host free rides on Evinrude-powered Ranger Boats with skilled, professional anglers at the helm.

This week we take you back to Grand Teton National Park for an hour of hiking, wildlife watching, rafting, fishing and an exploration of one of America's great places.

Moose Landing Marina and Yarmouth Boat Yard are hosting a boat show and open house May 14-15 at Moose Landing Marina in Naples, Maine.

The 2016 recreational red snapper season in Gulf of Mexico state waters less than 9 NM offshore opens Saturdays and Sundays in May starting May 7. On May 28, the season will open continuously through July 10.
Outdoor Indiana magazine's May-June issue features a removable eight-page booklet on Salamonie Lake, the first of three flood-control reservoirs built in the upper Wabash River area in the 1950s.

Family, Fishing & Fun at the 30th Anniversary Big Bass Splash presented by Sealy Outdoors. $520,000 Guaranteed in Cash and Prizes with 1st Place Overall winning a 2016 Triton 19 TRX Powered by Mercury 225 ProXS equipped with Minn Kota, Lowrance, Power Pole and Navionics; 2016 RAM Truck Plus.... $7,000 CASH!
Inshore anglers from across the Gulf of Mexico and surrounding regions will meet at Lafitte, Louisiana, on May 14-15 for the first 2016 Louisiana Division events of the IFA Redfish Tour Presented by Cabela's and IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Presented by Hobie Fishing.
No worries about ice out this spring on Lake Minnetonka! The 48th Annual Minnesota Bound Crappie Contest, will take place on Saturday, May 7th at Lord Fletchers.
Takahiro Omori of Emory, Texas, won the 2016 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Elite at Wheeler Lake held out of Decatur, Ala., Sunday, with a four-day total weight of 81 pounds, 6 ounces.
The Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic is just over a month away, but one registered contestant has already won big.

Johnny Morris Convenes Leading Conservationists to Shape Immersive Conservation Attraction

Noted conservationist and Bass Pro shops founder Johnny Morris addresses conservation
Springfield, Mo. – More than 25 of the country's leading conservation organizations are contributing to the creation of one of the largest, most immersive conservation attractions in the world. Scheduled to open in Springfield, Missouri in 2016, Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium will celebrate the critical role responsible hunting and fishing play in conserving the great outdoors.

A vision of leading conservationist and Bass Pro Shops founder/CEO Johnny Morris, the 315,000-square-foot experience is intended to inspire future generations to enjoy, love and conserve the great outdoors. To help shape the attraction's educational message and story, Morris convened a "who's who" of conservation leaders in America. With expertise ranging from wetlands and waterfowl to coastal waters and international wildlife efforts, leading national conservation groups are collaborating to help tell the untold stories of the conservation movement in the United States and showcasing their worldwide impact.

Consisting of leaders from both nonprofit and government entities, the nationwide collaboration hopes to establish a new conservation capital that highlights past successes and shares important conservation messages with a national audience.

"This will be one of the foremost conservation attractions in the world," said Dan Ashe, director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. "There is a significant opportunity to reach millions of visitors about the importance of conserving, protecting and enhancing wildlife habitats."

Convening Inspired by Historic Summit

Participants of the first North American Wildlife Conference in 1936
Morris first convened the leaders at a National Conservation Summit held in Springfield in late 2015. The gathering brought together more than 40 national conservation leaders to discuss fun and engaging ways to inspire the public to appreciate and protect wildlife and natural habitats.

The Summit was inspired by and paid homage to the nation's first North American Wildlife Conference held in Washington D.C. in 1936. The original gathering, convened by Ding Darling, founder of The National Wildlife Federation, and President Theodore Roosevelt, brought together more than 2,000 hunters, anglers and conservationists from across the country to discuss conservation issues.

The original conference helped unify the nation's conservation voices and shaped a national platform to advocate on behalf of the outdoors. Instilling the spirit of that gathering, Morris' modern summit served as a forum to collectively discuss opportunities to educate and engage today's public in conservation efforts centered at the new museum and aquarium. The group also shared thoughts on impactful educational programming for visitors of all ages, particularly children and families.

National Leaders Contributing to World-Class Attraction

National conservation leaders convene in Springfield, Missouri
Primarily funded and operated by the nonprofit Johnny Morris Foundation, Wonders of Wildlife consists of an all-new 1.3-million-gallon aquarium adventure showcasing 35,000 live fish, mammals, reptiles and birds and an immersive wildlife museum that highlights diverse habitats and wildlife from around the world.

Each of the 25 participating partner organizations is represented throughout the experience in a variety of ways. The groups are contributing historical photos, videos, multimedia content and artifacts to provide a widespread and engaging look into wildlife conservation practices. Experts from the groups are also assisting with the museum's interpretive messaging and sharing their conservation success stories.

For example, the museum will become the new permanent home for The Boone and Crockett Club's world-famous National Collection of Heads and Horns. The exhibit gives visitors a chance to see more than 40 historically significant North American game animals that helped spark America's conservation movement when it debuted at New York's Bronx Zoo in 1922. Additionally, The International Game Fish Association's interactive Fishing Hall of Fame is relocating to the aquarium from the IGFA's headquarters in Florida. The exhibit tells the stories of some of the sport's most accomplished men and women.

Nearby, The National Archery Hall of Fame seeks to preserve the sport's history and tradition with more than 1,500 artifacts including a handmade bow made by the Native American Apache leader Geronimo. By honoring the outstanding men and women in the sport, the experience sends a message that anyone can enjoy archery as a gateway to appreciating the outdoors. The NRA National Sporting Arms Museum showcases the development and evolution of hunting arms in America from colonial times to today. This educational gallery is one of the premier sporting arms museums in the world. Home to nearly one thousand artifacts the gallery tells the story of American icons such as Lewis and Clark and Theodore Roosevelt.

The result of these collaborations is a bold new attraction that leaves visitors with a powerful conservation message.

"We are honored to have the support and input from America's leading conservation voices as we establish one of the most comprehensive conservation attractions in the world," said Johnny Morris. "By highlighting the important roles these organizations play in conserving wildlife and sharing their accomplishments with our visitors, we hope to raise awareness of their work and recruit new members to engage in ongoing conservation efforts."

America's Conservation Capital

One of the aquarium's immersive exhibits simulates an artificially created reef to underscore the importance of healthy habitats for fish and wildlife
Wonders of Wildlife is envisioned to be unlike anything else in the world. Inside the immersive aquarium adventure, visitors will encounter sharks, rays, jellyfish, eel, otters, turtles, sport fish and countless game fish such as largemouth bass and catfish as they travel through an elaborate trail system of distinct aquatic habitats, discovering hands-on activities that celebrate the diversity of all aquatic life, including incredible sport fish. The entire aquarium experience highlights the need to conserve these beautiful ecosystems and the animals that live there.

Completely immersive wildlife galleries transport visitors to the wildest places on earth through meticulously recreated 4D dioramas that include the realistic sights, sounds and smells of awe-inspiring habitats from North America, Africa and the Arctic.

The experience will celebrate the vital contributions of sportsmen and women to wildlife conservation and engages leading conservation partners to showcase important success stories and ongoing efforts.

The new experience is located adjacent to Bass Pro Shops' iconic flagship store in Springfield, Missouri's number one tourist destination that already welcomes four million visitors per year and further establishes Johnny Morris' vision of creating America's Conservation Capital and a new must-see destination for everyone who loves the outdoors.

Participating conservation and wildlife management organizations include:
Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies - Ron Regan, Executive Director
Boone and Crockett Club - Tony Schoonen, Chief of Staff
Center for Coastal Conservation - Jeff Angers, President
Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation - Gary Kania, Vice President
Dallas Safari Club - Ben Carter, Executive Director
Ducks Unlimited - Dale Hall, President
International Game Fish Association - Rob Kramer, President
James River Basin Partnership - Joe Pitts, Executive Director
Missouri Department of Conservation - Bob Ziehmer, Director
Missouri Department of Natural Resources - Sara Parker-Pauley, Director
National Geographic - Crista Gibbons, Senior Director, Global Corporate Partnerships
Native American Fish and Wildlife Society - Fred Matt, Executive Director
National Audubon Society - Glenn Olson, Donal O'Brien Chair in Bird Conservation through Advocacy & Public Policy
National Rifle Association - Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President & CEO
National Wild Turkey Federation - George Thornton, CEO
Ozark Water Watch - David Casaletto, President & Executive Director
Quality Deer Management Association - Brian Murphy, CEO
Southwest Tribal Fisheries Commission - Stuart Leon, Executive Director
Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership - Whit Fosburgh, President & CEO
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Dan Ashe, Director
Watershed Committee of the Ozarks - Mike Kromrey, Executive Director
Wildlife Management Institute - Steve Williams, President & CEO
Wild Sheep Foundation - Buddy DuVall, Executive VP Development

About Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium
Scheduled to open in 2016, the all-new Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium will be one of the largest, most immersive conservation attractions in the world. Primarily funded and operated by the nonprofit Johnny Morris Foundation, Wonders of Wildlife consists of an all-new 1.3-million-gallon aquarium adventure showcasing 35,000 live fish, mammals, reptiles and birds, and an immersive wildlife museum that brings visitors eye-to-eye with the greatest collection of record-setting game animals ever assembled. The 315,000-square foot experience celebrates the critical role responsible hunting and fishing plays in wildlife conservation and inspires visitors to enjoy, love and conserve the great outdoors. Located on the campus of Bass Pro Shops' iconic flagship store in Springfield, Missouri, Wonders of Wildlife further establishes the site as America's Conservation Capital. For more information visit www.wondersofwildlife.org.

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May 6 - May 15: Lake Ontario Counties Trout, Salmon and Walleye Derby lakewide. $15,000 Grand Prize for the largest salmon. Go to www.loc.org for details.

May 7: 7th annual Bass on The Fly fly fishing tournament, Lake Fork, TX, www.bassonthefly.org

May 7: Ozark Rods Open Crappie Tournament on Rend Lake, Whittington, IL  www.crappiemasters.net

May 7: Introduction to Fly Fishing Class, free, at Bill Jackson's Sporting Goods, Pinellas Park, Fla., 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Call 727-576-4169 to reserve a spot.

May 13 - May 14: Crappie Masters Kentucky/Tennessee State Championship on Kentucky and Barkley Lakes  www.crappiemasters.net

May 14 - May 15: Big Bass Tour at Lake Norman, hourly payouts;

May 19 - May 21: Triton Owners Fishing Tournament. Paris Landing State Park, Buchanan, Tennessee.

May 20 - May 22: Niagara USA Lake Ontario Pro-Am Salmon Team Tournament out of the ports of Wilson and Olcott, NY. Pro and amateur divisions. Three days. Details and registration at www.lakeontarioproam.net.

May 20 - May 22: Tampa Bay Boat Show, Florida State Fair Grounds, Tampa, includes free fishing seminars; http://www.tampabay.com/expos/boat-show/.

May 21: CCA California Los Angeles Chapter BBQ Fundraiser, Compton Hunting and Fishing Club, johnballotti1@gmail.com.

May 21 - May 22: Big Bass Tour at Lake Chickamauga, hourly payouts;

June 6 - June 13: North Pacific Fishery Management Council meets at Kodiak, AK

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