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MONDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2020

CONTESTS
The Wildlife Forever Fish Art Contest has joined with the Western Native Trout Initiative to highlight the diversity of native trout in the western United States.
ENFORCEMENT
Anglers and boaters around the southeast are asked to keep an eye out for this Trans Cat boat with tower and Mercury outboard, an essential for MOTE's marine research efforts.
FISHERIES
More than 36,000 Coho salmon were recently stocked in multiple rivers and streams in northern Indiana last week.

DEC Region 8 and 9 Fisheries staff teamed up to further document encouraging recovery of a wild brown trout population in Spring Creek on the grounds of the NYS Caledonia Hatchery (Livingston County) following merganser depredation events in the winters of 2013-2015 and drought in the summer of 2016.
Preliminary results from an ongoing long-term survey conducted by researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science suggest another strong year class of young-of-year striped bass was produced in Virginia tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay in 2020.
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council and NOAA Fisheries will host a virtual question and answer session to provide the public with an opportunity to ask questions about the science and management of fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico.

NOAA Fisheries is seeking public input on the identification of areas within the Gulf of Mexico as Aquaculture Opportunity Areas (AOAs) and on what other areas in the nation NOAA should consider for future AOAs.
GEAR

In the event your child or pet should fall into the water, an ultra-bright white distress strobe on the attachment automatically activates and the portable receiver sounds a loud audible alarm and flashes a bright strobe. 
 

The BaitBall Spinner Rig is an impressive, multi-wire lure that incorporates “teaser” fish on three arms, a single willow leaf blade for flash and vibration in the center, plus a specially designed “target” fish armed with a single, sturdy black nickel hook.

INDUSTRY

With all of the newfound outdoors passions, it’s no wonder six in 10 respondents said these activities are now a part of their identity.

Catch Company, the creator of brands like Karl’s Bait & Tackle, BioSpawn, 10,000 Fish, Mystery Tackle Box and more, is giving anglers even more ways to experience Catch Co.’s expertise on the water with the launch of SaltNative, a new entrant into the saltwater fishing lure category. 
The NMMA announced today the availability of its 2019 U.S. Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract, the most comprehensive collection of industry data and a trusted source for recreational boating intelligence with historical data going back to 2007.
ORGANIZATIONS
The awards recognize and reward those individuals and organizations that have advanced the sport of fly fishing, including notable achievement in fly tying, casting, fly fishing skills, and conservation.
PODCASTS
Harbor Lovin & Zach Martin from #1 ranked Murray State University will review their rise to the number one spot in this year's School of the Year race.
PUBLISHING

At the virtual Awards Ceremony of the New York State Outdoor Writers Association held on Thursday, Oct. 22, “A Sapir Sampler: Favorites by an Outdoor Writer,” received the organization’s coveted first-place Excellence in Craft Award in the Book Category, for books published in 2018 and 2019.

STATES
Staff from DEC’s Adirondack, Chateaugay, and Rome Hatcheries, with the help of the NYS Police Aviation Unit pilots and the use of one of their “Huey” utility helicopters, recently stocked 340 remote ponds and lakes in the Adirondack Park with hundreds of thousands of brook trout.
New York State Canal Corporation will be releasing more water into Lake Ontario tributaries this Fall to improve recreational fishing opportunities.
Difficult weather kept the quota from being reached in the summer season, so Alabama anglers can continue to pursue this tasty species for a few more weekends.
In addition to destroying and threatening thousands of homes and businesses, the devastating Glass Fire in Napa and Sonoma counties jeopardized the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Inland Chinook Salmon Program – until the Feather River Fish Hatchery in Oroville came to the rescue.
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Director Kelly Susewind and Southwest Region Director Kessina Lee will host an online meeting from 6-7 p.m. on Oct. 27, 2020 to discuss sea lion management in the Columbia River basin and take questions on other local topics.
Thus far this year, 24 monk seal hookings have been reported on O’ahu - a substantial increase compared to recent years.
Stone Tavern and Rising Sun Lakes have been lowered approximately four feet to provide construction crews access to the dam and water control structures.
STREAMING VIDEO

This week on the final episode of Fish Addictions TV the crew prepares for the National Walleye Tour Championship at Devils Lake.

TOURNAMENTS
The Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest (TBTF) is heading back to Lake Fork for the second year in a row, bringing world class bass fishing, shopping, and a variety of outdoor activities to Texas’ most iconic bass fishing lake.
Focusing on current-related habitat enabled Cody Bird of Granbury, Texas, to win the Basspro.com Bassmaster Central Open on Neely Henry Lake with a three-day total of 34 pounds, 1 ounce.

Recreationists of all experience levels should take water-safety precautions 

WEST YELLOWSTONE – By the time Mark Bromley came to a stop, his strength had been almost entirely absorbed by the cold current pulling him downstream.  

His waders were full of water. Fly fishing line was twisted and tangled around his body, and breathing was painful. All he could do was hold on to the root of an overhanging shrub while keeping his eyes, nose and mouth out of the water.  

“I was just beat. Totally, totally beat,” Bromley recalled. “I couldn’t move.” 

Such an outcome was not in the forecast for the day, which started out as an enjoyable fishing experience on the Madison River in July. Bromley, his nephew and his nephew’s wife were fishing at Raynold’s Pass Fishing Access Site, about 30 miles northwest of West Yellowstone. This was a favorite spot for Bromley’s family that they visited regularly. 

Also at the site that day were two fisheries staff from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. Dan Cook and Colin Dougherty were spraying weeds at Raynold’s Pass and had seen Bromley and his companions walk down to the river.  

The three anglers decided to wade across a narrow channel to an island in the river. It was the kind of maneuver Bromley had done many times. With years of experience wade angling, kayaking, canoeing and working on the Columbia River, he was always cautious on the water, especially in rivers. So the group held hands and used wading staffs as they worked their way across.  

Then in sequence, they each lost their footing and were overtaken by the swift-moving water. The group became spread out, and Bromley’s companions eventually recovered themselves along the bank. By then, however, Bromley was out of sight.  

Cook and Dougherty were working close to the riverbank when they heard shouting. From a distance, they could see Bromley’s nephew getting out of the water and gesturing downstream. Cook and Dougherty dropped their equipment and ran to look for whoever else was still in trouble.  

The farther the current carried Bromley, the more his situation worsened. He tried to hold on to two fly rods as he drifted, but that quickly became unmanageable as he got tied up in fly line, a hook got lodged in his finger and the tether of his fishing net wrapped around his neck, choking him as his head bobbed in and out of the water.  

“I didn’t have control of anything, frankly,” Bromley said. “Because I was wearing a wading belt, my waders were initially full of air. So my feet were up, and my head was down. I was trying to keep my head above water and get a breath here and there, but mostly I was underwater.” 

Bromley exhausted himself trying to regain control and get to shore. Eventually he floated into a shallow area of the river near the bank and grabbed hold of an overhanging shrub, almost 500 yards from where he fell in.  

Cook and Dougherty found him there, and together, they dragged him out of the water. They helped remove Bromley’s waders, which, by then, were full of water. They removed the fly line tangled with pieces of broken fly rod. Bromley was conscious, but in pain.  

Dougherty had previous medical training from military service, and after an initial assessment, he and Cook decided to call an ambulance. Cook walked up the hill to make the call and bring medical responders in to where Bromley was waiting with Dougherty. Cook and Dougherty also cared for Bromley’s two family members, who were shaken by the ordeal.  

“Dan and Colin saved all three of us. They saved me directly. Clearly, I could have drowned,” Bromley said. “They went above and beyond. I can’t thank them enough.” 

After spending the night in Madison Valley Medical Center in Ennis, Bromley was released and able to continue fishing on the Madison River with his family before traveling home.  

Reflecting on the experience, Cook and Dougherty said they feel fortunate to have been in the right place at the right time, and that other factors contributed to the successful rescue. 

“We were lucky that our equipment was shut off and we were able to hear them,” Cook said. “We were right on the bank, we knew they were there, and we were able to get cell service.” 

“You wonder, ‘What could I have done differently?’” Dougherty said. “I can think of 100 things. But Dan and I work well together. We both had some experience that helped, and it worked out.” 

‘A real wake-up call’ 

The Madison River sees hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, many of whom are experienced anglers and boaters. What this incident illustrates, however, is that any waterbody can be dangerous, and recreationists of all experience levels should take extra precautions to increase their chances of survival in the event of an accident.  

Bromley hopes his encounter will help people recognize the inherent dangers that come with recreating on lakes and rivers. 

“It makes you realize how quickly things could change from a relatively innocent mistake, how powerful the river is and how quickly it can get that bad,” Bromley said. “To find myself in that situation was a real wake-up call.” 

However you spend time on Montana’s waters, here are some steps to help you be safe and prepared: 

  • Familiarize yourself with the area you plan to visit. 
  • Tell someone where you’re going and when you expect to return. 
  • Go with a group of people, whenever possible. 
  • Wear a life jacket. Some life jackets are inflatable, making them more compact and convenient for some recreationists. 
  • When wading, use a staff and wear spiked shoes. 
  • Watch for signs of hypothermia, which can occur in any month of the year. Pack extra clothes, food and water. 
  • Remember that phone signal is often unreliable in Montana’s wild places, and it may take a long time before emergency responders are able to reach you.  
  • River conditions change rapidly. Be aware that new hazards often appear suddenly.  

For more information about being safe on the water, please visit fwp.mt.gov/recreation/safety/boating

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