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FRIDAY, JANUARY 17, 2020

EDITOR'S NOTES
No Fishing Wire on MLK Day
In observance of the national holiday, we will not publish on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, Jan. 20.

Releases received Friday, Jan. 17 will not appear until Tuesday, Jan. 21 as we resume our normal daily schedule.

Frank Sargeant, Editor

COAST GUARD
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Mobile received a report at 5:55 p.m. of three people aboard a 36-foot sport fisher that caught fire in Dauphin Island Bay approximately a half a mile north of Dauphin Island.
CONSERVATION
The Upper Iowa River boasts numbers of stream miles designated as having exceptionally better quality beyond levels listed in Iowa’s water quality standards, in addition to having significant recreational and ecological importance.

CONTESTS
After wrapping up another great year of participation in the Toyota ShareLunker program, angler Ryan Waguespack of McQueeney was randomly selected from the 2019 entries to win the coveted year-end $5,000 shopping spree to Bass Pro Shops.
FISHERIES
Anglers and other interested parties can participate in two DNR public meetings, Jan. 30 and Feb. 1, to discuss the interim Lake Michigan fish stocking plan and provide input on future stocking plans.
GEAR
The new fluorescent-UV coating on these hooks provides a subtle glow, which has been scientifically proven to attract fish and provide a focal point when they decide to eat.

HONORS & AWARDS
Morris got his start in 1972 by selling fishing tackle out of the back of his father's store, and since then, has earned a reputation as one of the most influential retailers of the last 50 years.
INDUSTRY
The NMMA and Boating Writers International (BWI) announced today the panel of judges who will evaluate 72 product entries across 21 boating categories for the 2020 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show Innovation Awards, being presented during the show’s Innovation Breakfast on Friday, February 14, at a new location, The Rusty Pelican, adjacent to the boat show campus.
The new app offers boaters direct connection to local captains, GPS coordinate sharing, membership benefits and more.

NATIONAL PARKS
In honor of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. no refuge will charge an admission fee on January 20, 2020.
ORGANIZATIONS
The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) is seeking a Graphic Designer (Junior) to join its Marketing and Communications team.
PRO TEAMS
Fishlife Fish Care Products, a company dedicated to conservation and protecting bass fishing’s most precious resource, announces the addition of 2019 Bassmaster Angler of the Year Scott Canterbury to their national pro staff.
RADIO
This week Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Radio host Rob Keck is talking about fishing in places where the thermometer isn’t getting above freezing.
Wisconsin Sports Show season kicks off with the Milwaukee Boat Show Jan. 17-26.
This week on America Outdoors Radio Glen Thomas joins us to tell you about the brand new American Catfishing Association, plus lots more.
SHOWS
The 2020 Denver Boat Show, Colorado’s largest boat show, takes place January 17 - 19 at the Colorado Convention Center.
Chicagoland’s ultimate outdoor expo, the 2020 Progressive Insurance Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo, will make a splashy return to the Schaumburg Convention Center, 1551 North Thoreau Drive, Thursday, January 23 – Sunday, January 26
STATES
The lake sturgeon season on Black Lake, in Cheboygan County, begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, so make sure your license and registration are in order. Registration is required to participate in this season.
With more seasonal temperatures forecast, ice conditions should be prime for folks to take advantage of the numerous ice fishing opportunities on ponds and lakes throughout the state.
The South Carolina Aquatic Plant Management Council is scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at the Overlook Room at The Clinton House located at 15171 Highway 56 N. in Clinton.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has amended regulations for catching sauger, walleye, and saugeye on the Ohio River.
The new Montana system will allow hunters and anglers to have their license electronically on a mobile device and not printed out in their pocket.
TELEVISION
Anglers face tough conditions this week on Chasin' the Sun TV, airing Saturday on the Discovery Channel, but still come out on top.
Pick up great tips and tricks from the world’s top anglers and learn about the people and cultures along the way.
TOURNAMENTS
Anglers who grab a slot in the new series will vie for $100,000 in total prize money for each of the three events, with $25,000 going to the winning boat.
WORKSHOPS
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer a free ice fishing workshop in Hunnewell, 8 a.m.–noon, on Feb. 8.
Learn about fly tying, ice fishing, mushroom hunting, bear hunting and lots more at the DNR Outdoor Skills Academy classes for 2020.
YOUTH COMPETITIONS
Briarwood Christian School’s Grayson Morris and Tucker Smith went wire-to-wire to bring home the 2019 Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School National Championship presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors, becoming the first high school team to repeat as national champions. They’ll add another first to their resume as they become the first high school anglers to fish alongside the pros at the iconic Bassmaster Classic in March.

FISHING CALENDAR
January 16-19
Northern Illinois Sports Show

Lake County Fairground & Event Center, Grayslake, IL, https://www.ilsportsshow.com

January 17-19
Fly Fishing Show

Royal Plaza Trade Center, 181 Boston Post Rd., Marlborough, Mass.; www.flyfishingshow.com .

Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo

"Teaching Fishing Show"-- at the Conference and Event Center, Niagara Falls, N.Y.; www.niagarafishingexpo.com.

January 22-25
Buccaneer Cup sailfish tournament

Palm Beach, Fla; www.buccaneercup.com.

January 22-26
Washington Sportsmen’s Show

Puyallup, WA; www.thesportshows.com

January 23-26
Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo

Schaumburg, IL

January 24-26
Fly Fishing Show

New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center, 97 Sunfield Ave., Edison, NJ; www.flyfishingshow.com

January 31 - February 1
Fly Fishing Show

Infinite Energy Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, GA; www.flyfishingshow.com

February 1-9
Great American Outdoors Show

Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg, PA; https://www.greatamericanoutdoorshow.org
 

February 5-9
Pacific Sportsmen’s Show

Portland, OR; www.thesportshows.com

February 15-16
Fly Fishing Show

Lynnwood Convention Center, 3711 196 th St. S.W., Lynnwood, Wash.; www.flyfishingshow.com

February 21-23
Fly Fishing Show

Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton, Calif.; www.flyfishingshow.com

February 22
Texas Team Trail

Lake Sam Rayburn, www.texasteamtrail.com

February 23
Texas Lunker Challenge presented by Mossy Oak

February 27 - March 1
World Fishing & Outdoor Expo

Suffern, NY

March 4-8
Fred Hall Show

Long Beach, CA; www.fredhall.com

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show

Wisconsin State Fair Park & Expo Center, West Allis, WI https://jssportsshow.com/

March 7-8
Fly Fishing Show

Lancaster County Convention Center, 3 East Vine St., Lancaster, Penn.; www.flyfishingshow.com

March 12-14
Casa de Campo Open

La Romana, D.R.; flyzonefishing.com

March 13-15
Saltwater Fishing Expo

Edison, NJ

March 14-15
Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley

March 21
Texas Team Trail

Lake Toledo Bend, www.texasteamtrail.com

March 26-29
Fred Hall Show

Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, CA; https://www.fredhall.com/san-diego

March 27-29
New England Saltwater Fishing Show

Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, R.I.; http://www.nesaltwatershow.com

April 2-4
Chub Cay Invitational

Chub Cay Resort, Bahamas; chubcayfishingtournament.com

April 4
Western Walleye Expo

Adams County Regional Park, Brighton, Colorado; cowalleye@gmail.com, 970-699-5264.

 
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