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Monday
Jan172011

Walleye Stocking Returns to West Michigan Waters

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources finally has ended a 2006 moratorium on stocking of walleye fry, with many waters now slated to be replenished this spring.

Fearful of spreading viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS) in fry, officials had stopped stocking inland lakes and portions of rivers, including the lower Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, and Grand. 

“The walleye stocking moratorium has had a noticeable effect on our inland lakes because basically what people are catching are five-year or older walleye, and there has been no younger fish there to replace them,” a state biologist said, adding that natural reproduction for walleye is typically  poor in many West Michigan waters. “Once we start stocking … it will be two to three years before these fish are catchable. There will be a delay, for sure.”


VHS, an equal-opportunity killer of dozens of fish species, is yet another invasive now plaguing our waters, especially the Great Lakes. Many invaders have come in the ballast-water of ocean-going ships, but researchers are uncertain how this disease became established.

 

Monday
Jan172011

Help Save Bass Fishing in the Everglades

By going bass fishing in the Everglades out of Everglades Holiday Park on April 17, you can help protect the rights of anglers to continue to fishing that unique ecosystem.  That's the date of the 10th annual fund-raising tournament sponsored by the South Florida Anglers for Everglades Restoration (SAFER).

As the Everglades is restored, the feds are likely to "throw the baby out with the bath water," without citizen oversight and input, and that's where SAFER comes in. The coalition of bass clubs is pushing for common-sense restoration that acknowledges and, when possible, protects the valuable recreational fishing that has become established in some of the manmade canals that now crisscross the Everglades.

In other words, "restoration with recreation."

Monday
Jan172011

Hot Rods & Reels on the Horizon

The Hot Rods & Reels Charity Fishing Tournament is set for Feb. 18, during Daytona 500 Weekend in Daytona, Fla. It's your chance to fish with a NASCAR driver for a great cause or simply donate to help find a cure for paralysis.

Along with Spectracide and others, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation sponors the event. Darrell Gwynn and his wife, Lisa, created the foundation in 2002, with the intent to "provide awareness, prevention, support and ultimately a cure for paralysis."

Saturday
Jan152011

Feds Keep Alaska's Halibut Fishermen Off the Water

 

The feds have denied permits for 270 of Alaska's 800 charter operations for halibut fishing, according to GoFISHn.

Possibly the move is justified. But in light of the heavy-handedness evident from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Marine Fisheries Service these days, this curtailment of recreational fishing and opportunity for these captains to make a living is a cause for concern.

"If I don't fish, it will bankrupt me," Jack Roskind told The Wall Street Journal. Roskind  has run his boat out of the Prince William Sound village of Whittier since 2006.

Saturday
Jan152011

Send Me Your Links!

If you are a member of a group that represents the interests of recreational fishermen, while promoting responsible stewardship of our resources, please send me a link to your organization's website.

I want The Activist Angler to become a connector for uniting fishermen in defense of their rights to fish and in helping them deal with the many additional issues that confront sportfishing in the 21st century.