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May 16, 2024

NOAA warns that Western Lake Erie algae bloom could be severe this summer

As proof of the wet spring that has prevailed in northwestern Ohio, the all-time precipitation record for April was set this year in Toledo.
As a consequence of the high regional rainfall levels, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science first Western Lake Erie Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) forecast that was released on May 2 is calling for above-average HABs this summer.

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State legislator questions the appointment of Pennsylvania Game Commission’s new executive director

Stephen Smith’s tenure as the new executive director of the Pennsylvania Game Commission is being challenged by a state legislator, who said the appointment violates the state Sunshine Act.
Smith was appointed to the post by the Game Commission board during an executive session on April 30. He replaced Bryan Burhans, who resigned amid ethical questions regarding a side business he was running. The appointment of Smith during an executive session was confirmed in an agency news release.

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Steve Weisman: Plenty of fish and good times had on Iowa’s 42nd annual Walleye Opener

The 42nd annual Walleye Opener held May 4-5 on the Iowa Great Lakes was the second largest turnout ever with anglers from 18 different states participating in the annual contest.
“With almost 2,200 anglers vying for one of the 10 tagged walleyes with $42,000, we couldn’t be more pleased with the turnout for the 42nd Annual Iowa Great Lakes Walleye Weekend,” said Blain Andrea, president of the Iowa Great Lakes Chamber of Commerce.

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Outdoor Insights: Looking deep into walleye regulations on Lake Mille Lacs after topic dominates MN-FISH summit

Angling advocacy group MN-FISH held its annual summit last Tuesday in St. Paul, and the walleye regulation on Lake Mille Lacs occupied half the afternoon.
Brad Parsons, DNR fisheries chief, explained the agency’s thinking behind the controversial catch-and-release regulation that began with the open-water season last Saturday. (This year’s walleye regulation is catch and release through at least Aug. 15, then there could be some limited harvest late this summer.) By the end, most attendees at the summit appeared unhappily satisfied with the agency’s logic behind the reg.

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Christine Thomas: Nest box ‘eggcitement’ at little cabin

I did a column for Wisconsin Outdoor News on bluebird nest boxes in early April.
At that time, we were planning to set out a few more boxes in locations that might be more conducive to bluebirds and less conducive to chickadees and tree frogs. A week later, my husband Stan and I went to Jay-Mar in Plover and purchased four very basic, locally built, wooden bluebird nest boxes. Stan had steel fence posts in inventory. We also made a stop to pick up some linseed oil, which is a recommended preservative for nest boxes.

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