We're STILL makin' ice! We woke up to a chilly -8 this morning, and it's not predicted to get above freezing until Thursday. There's still time to set some tip-ups for northern (Mille Lacs only) or chase a few perch. We didn't see much angling pressure this week, largely due to the extreme winds and cold temperatures. We did, however, see a handful of guys pre-fishing the NAIFC event in Isle and Wahkon Bays this weekend - they endured some pretty lousy conditions the past few days.
The MLFAC (Mille Lacs Fisheries Advisory Committee) group will meet with the MN. DNR Friday evening to get the verdict on the winter walleye harvest, safe harvestable surplus (quota), and any amendments to the already announced "catch-and-release" 2017 open-water season.
I spent this past Wednesday at the Capitol in St. Paul, testifying on SF1370 (minnow import bill) along with some minnow wholesalers. The committee seems supportive of this bill, although there is push-back from the Minnesota DNR. A few of the committee members remarked that they were contacted by their constituents regarding "the shiner thing". It makes a difference. "Our" biggest stumbling block will come from the DNR and ultimately Governor Dayton. If you like to fish with shiners, kindly consider emailing your senator and representative - again, if you've already done so. Also, an email (http://mn.gov/governor/contact-us/form/) and a call ( 800-657-3717) to the Governor's office to ask his support would give him some scope on this (other than the propaganda he gets from the DNR). Since Wednesday's session, the bill has been laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill.
The 2017 fish and game licenses are due now. As of today, there are still no regulation books for license agents to hand out to anglers.
The weather for the weekend (according to the National Weather Service) looks like this:
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 16. Wind chill values as low as -12. North northwest wind around 10 mph.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around -3. Wind chill values as low as -15. North wind 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 20. Wind chill values as low as -15. North wind 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 3. North wind around 5 mph.
Sunday: A 30 percent chance of snow after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 23. East wind 5 to 10 mph.
The full moon is 3-12-17.
Have a great weekend,
Lundeen's Tackle Castle
38752 Twilight Road
Onamia, MN 56359