The weather has cooled and the water temperature has begun to fall as well. That has turned on the bite, but it will only get better with a week of stable weather ahead of us. Perch are starting to school, and before you know it, plenty of South Dakota gold will be caught.
September 13, 2023
Anglers continued to catch scores of lake trout here, with silver fish being found further north.
In early August at Farmfest in Redwood Falls, eight members of the U.S. House of Representatives Agriculture Committee, including five from Minnesota, fielded questions – some sharper than others – about the next federal Farm Bill.
The current $867 billion Farm Bill, passed in 2018, expires at month’s end, and a new bill is a top congressional priority amid other pressing issues, including passing a federal budget. At the forum, House members heard from corn farmers and biofuel supporters, dairy farmers, and nutrition-program advocates. All have stakes in a new Farm Bill that funds their pet programs. But few questions revolved around farmland conservation and the voluntary conservation programs that are important to hunters, anglers, and conservationists.
The Michigan DNR has a new director. Last week, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the appointment of M. Scott Bowen to the top position at the agency.
He replaces Dan Eichinger, who was transferred to the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy as acting director in December, then took a position in April as vice president of governmental and external affairs with Ferris State University.
The Minnesota DNR is seeking comment on fishing proposals for a number of lakes across the state. Public open-house meetings will be held in various locations, including a general meeting regarding all proposals in St. Paul.
California lawmakers on Sept. 7 voted to raise taxes on guns and ammunition and use the money to pay for gun violence prevention programs and security improvements at public schools.
The federal government already taxes the sale of guns and ammunition nationwide. The government gives that money to the states, which spend it on wildlife conservation and hunter safety programs. California’s proposed tax, if it becomes law, would be 11% – matching the highest tax imposed by the federal government on guns.
Field reports from Minnesota DNR conservation officers published in the Sept. 15, 2023 edition of Minnesota Outdoor News.
There are select lakes in this state with the ability to handle intense fishing pressure yet continue to provide solid multi-species fishing opportunities on a year-round basis.
Hubbard County’s Fish Hook Lake is one of them. Fish Hook is located just north of Park Rapids, so its proximity to town automatically makes it a popular lake for anglers and recreational boaters alike. But its consistent production of walleyes, bass, panfish, and northern pike is what draws anglers to it.