Kids can learn how to fish, find out about invasive species and then fish for stocked trout at Twin Ponds in Duluth on Saturday.
The event is set for 10 a.m. at the ponds located at the intersection of West Skyline Parkway and Hank Jensen Drive not far from Enger Tower. Kids will get t-shirts and there will be free fishing stuff doled-out.
There will also be clinics on how to cast, tie knots and identify fish by species.
The event is sponsored by the Catch Your Moment Foundation, the National Professional Anglers Association and the Future Anglers Foundation.
Space is limited so RSVP by email to Greg@catchyourmoment.org.
Berg Construction Walleye Cup nearly full
As of last report there were just a few openings left for the 60-team field in the Berg Construction Walleye Cup on the St. Louis River in Duluth/Superior set for May 18-19.
The event opens with a mandatory rules meeting Friday night at Mr. D's in West Duluth with fishing Saturday and Sunday. Top prize this year is $4,000 to the winning team with a total purse of $18,000.
As with all TPWA tournaments, the event is a catch-measure-photograph-release tournament with total inches determining the winners.
The entry fee is $150 per team. To register, or for more information, go to twinportswalleye.com.
Free-to-use life jackets at boat landings
Drowning consistently ranks among the top causes of accidental death for children, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. And most boating deaths occur because people are not wearing life jackets. That's why Essentia Health has teamed up with Safe Kids of Northeastern Minnesota to loan life jackets at six popular boat launches in St. Louis and Carlton counties. Each "Flotation Station" holds 20 life jackets in adult and children's sizes that can be borrowed free of charge for a day or weekend. Anyone can borrow a life jacket while boating, paddling or swimming and then simply return it to the loaner station.
The life jackets can be found in small sheds at boat launches at Dunlap Island in Cloquet, Fish Lake Dam, Island Lake's Abbott Road landing, Island Lake's Hideaway landing, the Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center and the Big Lake landing. The landings were chosen because they are popular areas and because the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources issues a high number of life jacket violations there.
Minnesota law requires all children under age 10 to wear a life jacket on any boat or watercraft that's not docked. It also requires one U.S. Coast Guard-approved, properly sized and easily accessible life jacket for each person on a boat. Life jackets also are recommended for children who are on docks or shorelines.
ALS fishing contest June 1 on Island lake
The 24th annual Kolar Toyota ALS Fishing Contest is set for June 1 on Island Lake north of Duluth.
Event organizers hope to raise $250,000 to fight ALS, a debilitating and fatal disease. The entry fee is $200 per angler/$400 per team with contestants urged to raise that much or more in donations to ALS. There are both walleye and bass divisions. For more information call 612-672-0484 or email email@example.com.
United Northern fishing contest set for June 7-8
The 39th annual United Northern Sportsmen's Club walleye fishing contest will be held June 7-8 on Island Lake north of Duluth from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.
A grand prize and trophy will be awarded to the largest fish by length, registered by both adult and youth anglers. Prizes also will be awarded to each entrant registering a walleye over 14 inches. Entrants can register just one fish per day.
Tickets for the Friday-Saturday contest are $5 each and are available from any club member, at the club headquarters on the days of the event, and at Chalstroms, the Island Lake Inn and Marine General.
Then on June 9 the United Northern Sportsmen's Club will host the Cabela's-Bass Pro Shops School of Fish from 12:30-3 p.m. at the club's grounds on Island lake. It's free for kids age 7-12 but is limited to the first 20 entrants.
Kids can learn how to rig rods and reels, tie knots, cast and fish for all sorts of species. They also can take home a bunch of free fishing gear. To register contact Gene Shaw at firstname.lastname@example.org ro call 218-348-2191.
Leave newborn fawns alone
It's that time of year when whitetail does will begin dropping newborn fawns, with the peak period around Memorial Day in the Northland, and wildlife officials are reminding people to leave fawns alone. Don't touch them. Don't get close to them. They do not need rescuing.
While it may appear the doe is nowhere around, she is, and she will return to the fawn. The fawn is NOT abandoned and they can survive just fine hiding until mom gets back.
The one exception is if you can confirm the doe has been killed by a vehicle collision or other source. In that case contact a conservation officer before handling the fawn.
More Brainerd game farm deer infected with CWD
Seven more deer on a game farm near Brainerd have been confirmed infected with chronic wasting disease, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health said Wednesday. As reported in the News Tribune last week, the infected deer were among more than 100 that either died or were shot and killed on the farm after the owner, three years after the disease was first discovered on the farm, finally allowed authorities to destroy the animals so tests could be conducted.
The only way to test for CWD is to examine the animal's brain tissue. The always-fatal disease affects deer, elk and moose and is spread between animals through a rogue protein called prions.
In addition to the seven positive test results, some 82 deer from the farm - where people paid to hunt in an enclosed area - tested negative for CWD. Another 13 deer were already dead and too decomposed to be tested. It's not clear why they died, but it could have been from CWD.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and several Minnesota lawmakers have called for tougher laws for game farms to help prevent the spread of CWD to wild deer, including improved fencing, more testing and a ban on interstate movement of deer-family animals.
After the first CWD was found on the farm outside Merrifield in 2016 the animal health board monitored the farm but allowed it to keep operating. That changed earlier this year after a wild doe found about a half-mile from the Merrifield farm tested positive for CWD - the first-ever CWD confirmed in wild deer in the northern half of Minnesota. The U.S. Department of Agriculture negotiated an agreement with the farm's owner to pay him through a federal reimbursement program to destroy his herd. Officials have refused to say how much the farmer was paid.