Wednesday, March 29, 2023
Monday, March 27, 2023
I originally wasn't going to start this year's count down to when I will be able to see the driveway until later in the week after the cold weather passed, but the rents were out tonight; there are a few patches of ground showing on the upper driveway, so I thought what the heck. This is the latest I have ever started with the question. The previous late start was on 3/26/13. It looks to me like there isn't much room for melting in the next couple of weeks between the lack of sun and cool temps. I'll be happy to see the full driveway by the 10th of April, but I think it may take longer.
|Where the car sits|
|A few open spots along the southside|
|All snow on the end of the driveway.|
Sunday, March 26, 2023
|Slightly more open today|
|A little bit of bare ground on the hillside|
|Dead fish & fish struggling to breathe at the surface.|
Something I've never witnessed here and an ominous sign.
|It's gonna be a while before the North side of the bridge is snow free.|
|Hopefully, open water here by April 1st|
|Photo: James Overstreet|
Two 3lb smallies were just enough to hold off the field and take the win on a very-tough Tennessee River. The 18-inch minimum size for smallmouth undoubtedly had an impact on a lot of anglers.
Saturday, March 25, 2023
Office Of The Unofficial Bass Angling Commissioner
I'm guessing this is a Twitter Account that is linked to Blogger. I hope the guy has a long tenure and is not just a flash in the pan.
North Long: I just want to catch a limit. Haven't done that the last two times we have fished here. Also hope to pre-fish this one with Roger and maybe my boater as well.
Tournaments Fished: 3 (08,17,21) 2 Snatcher Mini-Bucks
Tournaments Fished: 2 (14,19)
Biggest Bass: 2/3 (6/7/14) Chuck Johansen (Boater)
Best Finish: 10th Place (9/28/19) Paul Ruff (Boater)
Whitefish Chain: Hopefully, it isn't windy, cold, and raining because The Chain is a fish factory. Wouldn't mind a little rain to keep boat traffic down.
Tournament Fished: 6 Snatcher Tournaments (10,12,14,16,19,21) and 1 Excel (04)
Best Limit: 14/02 (6/5/21) Hammer (Boater)
Thursday, March 23, 2023
My first two Drain the Lake rosters were underwhelming. Gonna need big scores and several tournament winners if I am going to go anywhere in this game.
Wednesday, March 22, 2023
Sunday, March 19, 2023
Getting these picks out a little late. MLF didn't have their act together, assigning picks to the days they are fishing. I only had 3 guys fishing on the first day, as you can see below. Hopefully, it doesn't matter and all my picks advance.
Thursday, March 16, 2023
I have resolved to catch 5 bass on a Jitterbug this year. I don't know if I will buy a new one or go with my small collection. I bought a couple off eBay several years back, but I don't think I ever used them because they struck me as poorly made-Chinese junk. I'm pretty sure I can catch five bass at the Grumpy Old Man Hole this Spring, so I will add a bait or two in the topwater boxes I bring.
Wednesday, March 15, 2023
Monday, March 13, 2023
|Kaylee along for the ride|
Saturday, March 11, 2023
Tuesday, March 07, 2023
Monday, March 06, 2023
Thanks to Bass Boat Central forums, I just discovered a fantastic largemouth bass fishing channel on YouTube named The Nature of Fishing. The content is top-tier and a bit of a throwback to old-school In-Fisherman type teaching. Excellent stuff!
Sunday, March 05, 2023
Saturday, March 04, 2023
Snatcher Tuma more than doubled his Day 1 weight catching 22/12 and jumped up well over 100 places in the standings to finish in 25th Place in the first Bassmaster Open Elite Qualifier of 2023.
Way to get it done, Keith!
Friday, March 03, 2023
2. Fish with Mike Thompson
3. Fish with Jim Bonin
4. Fish With Pat Woodgate
5. Fish with Jeff and Renee
6. Fish with Todd, Isabelle, and Mallory
7. Fish with Kane Phongsavat
8. Fish with Jaimen Abrahamson
9. Fish with Dave Lindmark
10. Fish with Steve and Devin
11. Take Corey Hicks frog fishing.
12. Fish with Jamar at Eddy's
13. Fish with Eric Aske
14. Fish with Pete
15. Fish with Kiefer for crappies this spring.
Dream Fishing Buddies:
1. Fish with Josh Douglas
2. Fish with Al Lindner
3. Fish With Nattie Up North
Bass Snatcher Goals: (Same Goals as 2020)
2. Get "Wood" in at least one tournament. (1st-3rd Place Finish or Lunker or Co-Angler Challenge)
4. Finish in the Top 10 at the end of the year.
5. Catch a limit at every tournament of the year. (I've done this twice, but in 2012 I only fished 4 out of the 6 tournaments due to a bad back.)
6. Pre-fish with at least 3 boaters.
7. List the Rods I'm bringing for each tournament before the tournament.
8. Win the Co-Angler Challenge at least twice
9. Make the Challenge Cup Team
11. Give each boater I fish a lure from my collection.
15. Set Personal Bests on each lake for Bag Size, Big Bass, and Place of Finish
Technique, Equipment, & Tackle Goals:
1. Win something in Fantasy Fishing or Facebook giveaways/contests.
2. Officially Open the Tackle Warehouse.
3. Give Away some of my tackle
4. Catch 25 fish on a Frenzy Popper
5. Catch 25 fish on a Stanley Phantom
10. Dedicate a rod to plastic worms (non-Senko)
11. Catch 30 fish on a prop bait and throw them during the post-spawn.
12. Catch 5 bass on a Jitterbug.
13. Experiment with a Rocket Bobber and Wacky Rig
Hack Jig: |
Mission Spinnerbait: |
Big Blade Chatterbait: ||||
JH Lure Box: 3 Bubble Walker 80, 2 Bubble Walker 128, 2 to 4 Jackhammers, 1 or 2 Big Blade Chatters, 2 Livetarget Wake Gill FS, 1 LT Wake Gill Jr, Plus a few things I don't remember that were in it. Losing this box sucks.
2. Record all fishing trips at Fish Swami
3. Fish at least 200 days and blog about them
Fish Catching Goals:
1. Catch* 3,500 Fish (3,900+ caught in 2021)
2. Have a 100-fish day.
2. Catch* over 500 Crappies this year.
1. Win my 3rd Minnesota Bowfin Club Grand Championship
2. Catch an MN State Record fish. (11-4 or 35" x 20")
3. Catch a new personal best.
4. Get the Minnesota Bowfin Club Grand Championship stuff done in a timely manner this year.
1. Catch* over 1,000 this year. (Caught 968 in 2021)
2. Catch a 38" or over/personal best.
1. Catch a 21plus inch or 6lb Largemouth (6.5lbs/21" PB)
2. Catch a 21plus inch or 6lb Smallmouth (20.5" PB)
3. Catch* over 1,500 bass this year. (Caught 1,785 in 2021)
4. Catch* at least 10 smallies. (Caught 2 in 2022)
5. Catch a 25lb 6 Fish Bag
6. Have a 50 bass day
8. Catch 5 bass over 5lbs/20-inches (0 in 2022)
10. Get Steve and Todd at least one 4lber
1. Catch at least 100.
2. Catch 30"/10lber or new personal best. (28.5 is PB)
* Catch is anything I deem it to be, including follows by pike or smallmouth (while pre-fishing), a pike missing my lure, fish viewed on the Aqua View, and fish that get off before I have them in hand that I can positively identify. And fish caught by people I am guiding or boater during pre-fish.
A goal that I reached is in bold black.
New for 2021 in italics.
Thursday, March 02, 2023
Here is the DNR Press Release for this season's walleye regulations on Mille Lacs Lake. It would have been nice if they included last year's harvest numbers. I'm pretty sure both sides were under the quota, with MN anglers being significantly under. The lake is full of bait, leading to a slow bite for the eyeballs.
Update: in 2022, the harvest numbers were 15k of the 80k allowed.
No July closure or live bait ban planned; harvest adjustments possible if conditions warrant
State-licensed anglers will have the opportunity to harvest a walleye 21-23 inches in length or greater than 28 inches throughout the 2023 open water season on Mille Lacs Lake. A lower walleye harvest this winter and an improving walleye population are combining to allow this year’s more liberal regulations.
“We are pleased to see improvements in both the growth of adult walleye and survival of young walleye in Mille Lacs,” said Brad Parsons, fisheries section manager for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “Those factors create the opportunity for anglers to have a continuous harvest season in 2023.”
Walleye regulations will apply from the walleye opener on Saturday, May 13, until the end of the open-water season on Thursday, Nov. 30. Unlike recent years, there is no planned closure to walleye fishing or ban on using live bait during the first two weeks in July.
On opening weekend, fishing will be allowed 24 hours a day. Beginning Monday, May 15, the night fishing closure takes effect, and fishing hours on Mille Lacs Lake will be
6 a.m. to 10 p.m. for all species. From Saturday, June 3, through Thursday, Nov. 30, muskellunge and northern pike anglers using artificial lures or sucker minnows longer than 8 inches are exempt from the night fishing closure. Starting Friday, Sept. 1, the night fishing closure is relaxed, with angling hours being 6 a.m. to midnight.
“As always, we will monitor the factors that determine the state’s walleye take throughout the open water season,” Parsons said. “If conditions warrant, we will adjust regulations, either to allow additional opportunity if harvest is especially low like it was in 2022 or tighten regulations if harvest exceeds our projections.”
The DNR and the eight Ojibwe bands that have treaty fishing rights under the 1837 treaty agreed Mille Lacs could sustain a state harvest of up to 100,300 pounds of walleye this year, an increase of 20,000 pounds from 2022. Adult walleye grew well in 2022, and year classes of younger walleye in the lake have the potential to contribute to the fishery in the future. Harvest levels are set annually, and may be lower or higher in subsequent years.
“The lake has been in a state of change since the 1990s. As the water started to clear, we began seeing warmer water temperatures. Change continues with the introduction of invasive species such as zebra mussel and spiny water flea,” Parsons said. “We will continue to monitor the lake to see how ongoing changes will influence the fishery.”
This year’s winter walleye harvest was 4,300 pounds. Lower catch rates for anglers due to abundant forage in the lake combined with poor ice conditions in the early season were responsible for this winter’s lower harvest. That drop in walleye take gave the DNR more flexibility to implement open water harvest opportunities this coming season.
The northern pike population in Mille Lacs is healthy, and harvest of fish under 30 inches is encouraged for anglers looking for another option to bring home a meal of fish. Mille Lacs is also home to a smallmouth bass population that opens to catch and release angling on May 13, with harvest of fish less than 17 inches allowed starting on Saturday, May 27.
“Our goal with regulations for all species is to offer fishing opportunities while also keeping in mind the long-term sustainability of the lake,” Parsons said.
More information about fishing regulations on Mille Lacs Lake, ongoing DNR management and research, citizen engagement and Mille Lacs area recreation opportunities is available on the DNR website (mndnr.gov/millelacslake).
Wednesday, March 01, 2023
My Response To Takemefishing.org and their framing in this infographic.
I take issue with the premise that the so-called "barriers" that women face are unique to women, or even barriers for that matter. The arguments don't even support the premises. Therefore the framing is the usual gobbledegook we find in diversity, equity, and inclusion nonsense.
What women face are not barriers but realities that may or may not be unique to them as individual women.
From the top:
Female anglers face adversity, resistance, disrespect, and under-representation from the industry and fellow anglers.
Yes, and none of that is unique to women. Men face adversity, resistance, disrespect, and under-representation from the industry and fellow anglers. That is the way the world works for good and ill. It is reality. I'm unclear how it can be changed very much without creating equal amounts of adversity, resistance, disrespect, and under-representation. Trade-offs are always involved in achieving diversity, equity, and inclusion. There will always be those with advantages and those with disadvantages. There will always be winners and losers, those who have and have not.
On to rebutting the so-called barriers bullet point by bullet point.
Barrier #1 Stereotypes (Think they probably mean Negative Stereotyping.)
- A majority of female anglers do not "feel" stereotyped. What does how someone feels have to do with reality? All anglers are stereotyped in one way or another, both positively and negatively. Why somebody lets that bother them to any great degree is beyond me. Overcome ladies
- 80% of women think of a guy when they think of someone who fishes. Is that supposed to be a problem? What is the ideal % answer? Isn't the relevant question, how many women know a female angler?
- So once again, we are dealing with how a minority of women feel about being respected by the broader angling community, but a larger minority feels disrespected than feels stereotyped. Respect from the broader angling community, what is that exactly? Is it something to which everyone is equally entitled, or is it earned? I think the correct answer is both. There is a base level of respect to which all people are entitled as human beings. There is also a level or type of respect that can only be earned. Another rabbit hole of complexity is that this point deals with the "broader angling community."
- 1/3rd of female anglers have been joked at or mocked by the guys about enjoying fishing. I wonder how many of the women surveyed had been joked at or mocked by females because of their love for fishing. The world of men is populated with A-holes, and how and why men treat women the way they do is a complex minefield.
Barrier #3 Lack of Community
- 25% of Lapsed anglers have no one to go fishing with. Unclear if this was women-specific. Lapsed anglers need to take accountability for finding fishing buddies. I suggest they join a local fishing club, Facebook group/groups, or message board. If none exist, start one. How people choose to spend their free time is up to them.
- Safety while fishing solo is of equal concern for men and women, lapsed angler or not. Use the brain you were given to minimize the risk. Whether or not you assume the risk to go catch some fish is up to you as an individual. The world can become a dangerous place in the blink of an eye; that is reality.
- To the 40% of women who want a woman's fishing club to help them fish more often but don't have one. Have they even looked for one? What is preventing them from starting their own? Take accountability
- Who isn't turned off by a disgusting floating outhouse or porta-potty? Woman up or don't go.
- 25% of women wish... Are you serious? I wish I had a wish-granting genie. My departed Grandma Maas used to say, "if wishes were horses, beggars would ride." As for the specific concerns addressed in the two wishes. If you are physically unable to handle your equipment, find someone who is, or don't go fishing. Accountability. As far as boating safety courses, aren't they already offered? And why would they need to be women-specific? Have you tried Youtube or Googling the subject? Take Accountability