2019 has roared in like a lion and with it has come an abundant amount of water and devastation across much of the Midwest. As important as water is to our fisheries mother nature reminds us that she has her own plan.  If you can please lend a hand or a dollar out to those members and friends that have been impacted by the devastating flooding, I’m sure it would be greatly appreciated.

On the bright side, highwater means lots of good things for our fisheries in certain circumstances.  Many of our fisheries were struggling to recover from drought like conditions and some still are. High water means new vegetation and structure for fish to strive in. This can also offer some great angling opportunities and yet some very challenging ones as anglers have to adapt to all the new water opportunities now available to the fish and the anglers.

Adaptation, this is nothing new to most of us but as a whole our Association and its members have to adapt to change as well. Over the past few months, the board of directors has been discussing this as we try to set the NPAA up for success in the coming months and years. What can we (BOD, Current members) do to offer more value to members? How can we make the annual conference more successful and meet the needs of everyone attending without leaving others out? How can we grow and diversify into new demographics with a minimal marketing budget?  These are just a few of the items we are tackling head on.  Our association’s management team is working diligently to adapt to a changing business world and our goal is to create a strategy to allow the NPAA to continue to benefit our members and our sport in the coming years.

How can you help? Here are just a few things that are currently on my mind.

  1. Renew your membership on prior to Dec. 31st each year. If you have friends in your network who haven’t yet renewed urge them to do so now! Those who have not renewed will not receive this newsletter or the Members Only Programs.
  2. Join the NPAA Facebook member’s only group. As well as follow the NPAA on all our social media channels. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.
  3. Recruit new members, as members of the NPAA, you are the best advertising outlet we have to promote the sport and to grow the association.
  4. Take someone fishing! Either someone new to fishing or re-introduce them to fishing.

There are a lot of great things going on and many more to come in 2019. As divided as our country may currently be, one thing is certain and that is fishing, and conservation is something we can all agree on.  2019 has marked some tremendous wins for conservation such as the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation Management, and Recreation Act.  This includes permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the passage of the WILD ACT, a sportsmen package, protection for millions of acres of land and hundreds of miles of rivers.  This is just one of the many legislative bills that have been or are being fought for from our members and supporting partners to ensure not only our future generations have clean water and healthy fisheries but our current generation as well.  As a member of the NPAA, you have a voice for our natural resources, and we want to let you know that’s it’s being heard. We will continue to work each day to protect our sport through our involvement with industry coalitions and we invite you to work with your local legislators as well.  All big battles are won on the home front first.

Keep on making ripples so we can ride the waves in the future.

Brian Bashore

President, NPAA