Northern Indiana/Southern Michigan outdoors news and tips
- Published on Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:19
(Provided by Indiana DNR)
Owners of shallow ponds and lakes, especially in northern Indiana, should watch for fish kills this spring.
Considering the record or near-record snowfall and ice up to 20 inches thick on lakes and ponds, Indiana fisheries biologists anticipate numerous reports of fish kills once the bodies of water thaw.
The most common cause of fish kills in Indiana ponds is lack of oxygen.
- Published on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:06
The official launch of the new circuit will kick off March 1 during a free daylong “Bass Tournament Day” from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kalamazoo store.
No other details have been provided. Rules, schedules and sign-up information will be made available at the show.
As an added bonus, B.A.S.S. Elite pro angler Keith Combs will offer free fishing seminars at 10:30 a.m. and again at 1:30 pm.
The circuit consists of four Saturday tournaments and a final series championship. The winner of the championship will take home a new Tracker Pro Team 175 fully-equipped with a 60 horsepower Mercury outboard, a Minn Kota trolling motor and Humminbird electronics, all valued at more than $17,000.
- Published on Monday, 24 February 2014 07:17
Howell began hauling in Lake Guntersville lunkers minutes into the final round of the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by Diet Mountain Dew and GoPro. He lost track of how many culls he was able to make, but at one point he was trading 4- and 5-pounders for even larger bass.
When Howell brought his bag to the scales, his five bass weighed 29 pounds, 2 ounces, with the largest going 7-3. The banner day beefed up his total to 67 pounds, 8 ounces.
“I don’t even know if I’m going to win, but it doesn’t matter,” Howell said before all the 25 finalists came to the scales. “It was the best day I’ve ever had in 21 years of professional bass fishing, a day of a lifetime.”
- Published on Saturday, 22 February 2014 22:18
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Just 1 ounce separated the two frontrunners Saturday in the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by Diet Mountain Dew and GoPro, but it’s far from being a duel in Sunday’s finale, said the leader.
“It’s not just me and him,” said Edwin Evers, who replaced Randall Tharp in the catbird seat in the Lake Guntersville competition. “There are a lot of anglers in this yet who can catch them. Thirty-pound bags are possible.”
After adding 20-9 Saturday, Evers of Talala, Okla., racked up a two-day total of 47 pounds, 6 ounces, enough to budge him out of second place. Tharp of Port St. Joe, Fla., weighed 19-13 Saturday for a running total of 47-5, 1 ounce shy of keeping his lead.
- Published on Friday, 21 February 2014 22:14
But a few keepers later, Tharp began to roll straight toward the first-day lead of the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by Diet Mountain Dew and GoPro on Lake Guntersville.
“At about my fifth stop, I finally got into a little school and caught an 8 1/2 and a 5. From then on, it got pretty easy,” said the Floridian, who ended round one with 27 pounds, 8 ounces. “I caught fish at about every stop I made.”
Tharp’s huge haul of Lake Guntersville largemouth bass gave him the lead, but he didn’t stomp the field. He had 11 ounces on Edwin Evers of Talala, Okla., who posted 26-13 for second place.
Third place was taken by David Walker of Sevierville, Tenn., with 24-13.
Fourth place was a tie at 23-2 between Casey Ashley of Donalds, S.C., and Fred Roumbanis of Bixby, Okla. Roumbanis’ bag held the largest bass of the day, a 9-3. That Guntersville lunker positioned Roumbanis as the event’s frontrunner for the Carhartt Big Bass Award of up to $2,500 for the largest single catch.
- Published on Thursday, 20 February 2014 20:17
Together, the events offer new opportunities for every type of angler, from weekenders and high school students to professionals.
“We always strive to provide novel ways anglers and fans can enjoy the sport of bass fishing, and new avenues through which our sponsor partners can reach their markets,” said Bruce Akin, CEO of B.A.S.S.
“Two of the 2014 events reach the fast-growing market of high school anglers, whether they simply love the sport or have an eye on turning pro. High school anglers are the future of our sport,” Akin said. “Another event will result in a weekend angler qualifying for the 2015 Bassmaster Classic — the dream of most any angler. The fourth — a Bassmaster Elite Series ‘super-event’ — is sure to be a fan favorite.”
- Published on Monday, 17 February 2014 13:30
By Louie Stout
If you think winter has been rough on you, imagine how nature has been dealing with it these days.
That begs the question; will this long, unseasonably cold, snowy winter affect our fishing and hunting this season?
Maybe, say area biologists.
It would be logical for anglers to think that the ice-packed, snow covered lakes could impact fishing successes or lake conditions this spring.
Not likely, said Indiana fish biologist Neil Ledet.
“We do expect some of the small, shallow weedy lakes and farm ponds to suffer some fish kills as they do every year after a hard winter,” he said. “But it will probably be the weaker fish that die and the healthy ones will be fine.”
Ledet said aquatic vegetation dies back and depletes oxygen levels, especially when the lakes are snow covered for a prolonged period and prevents sunlight from reigniting the plants. The occurrence has less of an impact on deeper lakes with more oxygen.