Haven’t we waited long enough?

Haven’t we waited long enough?
For years, various versions of the Sportsmen’s Act have made progress in Congress only to stall out. While many of these bills had significant support, none of them were ever signed into law.

Finally, a new bill with a new name has been introduced in the U.S. Senate that has strong bipartisan support.

Called the “Hunting Heritage and Environmental Legacy Preservation for Wildlife Act,” or HELP for Wildlife Act, this bill is good news for anglers, hunters, and anyone who loves the outdoors.

Officially known as S. 1514, the HELP for Wildlife Act includes many provisions specifically for our nation’s freshwater and saltwater anglers. These include:

  • Protections for traditional fishing tackle from unwarranted regulation by the EPA.
  • Authorizing the National Fish Habitat Partnerships program which will conserve, restore and enhance fish habitat throughout the nation, providing better fishing opportunities.
  • Provisions beneficial to the Chesapeake Bay.
  • Reauthorization of important conservation programs like the North American Wetlands Conservation Act and of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

Now is the time to send a message to your Senator asking them to support the HELP for Wildlife Act.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Touts Increased Partnerships, Celebrates American-made Products

Washington, D.C. – July 19, 2017 – Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and other senior federal officials met with representatives of the outdoor recreation industry at the U.S. Department of the Interior yesterday to discuss how the use of public-private partnerships can help improve visitor experiences on America’s public lands and waters.

“One of my top priorities is to expand recreational access to public lands and waters. Today I’m excited to announce that, for the first time, the Department of the Interior will host a recreation advisory committee dedicated to looking at public-private partnerships across all public lands, with the goal of expanding access to and improving the infrastructure on public lands,” said Secretary Zinke. “We already have thousands of private partners who operate on federal lands. Whether it’s the iconic Jammers in Glacier National Park, the historic El Tovar lodge at the Grand Canyon, or the kayaks that you can rent on the Potomac River, American workers are at the heart of helping American families experience our great outdoors.”

Thom Dammrich, President of the National Marine Manufacturers Association and a leader of the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) began the meeting by introducing almost 30 offers of private investment on public lands totaling more than $80 million, calling them “just the first wave of thousands more opportunities that will emerge over the next few months.” National Park Hospitality Association (NPHA) President Terry MacRae outlined 19 proposed projects in national parks alone. These projects will help improve visitor experiences by modernizing accommodations, expanding connectivity, improving campgrounds, adding new wervices and more.

Outdoor recreation is vital to the economic and healthful well-being of America. The industry generates $887 billion in direct spending and supports 7.6 million jobs across all 50 states. Secretary Zinke, representatives of the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR), key national park concessioners and Members of Congress discussed how improving infrastructure, encouraging innovation, and developing new and enhanced public-private partnerships will give the American people more opportunities to enjoy healthy, active fun on their public lands and waters, while helping outdoor recreation continue to grow as a powerful and positive economic force in America.

Public-private partnerships have existed on public lands and waters for more than a century and currently provide a vast array of services across the country. From the iconic lodges of our national parks, to world-class ski resorts on national forests, federal agencies and private industry have a proven history of working together to provide great activities on public lands. Expanding partnerships – especially at campgrounds – would allow park rangers to focus on welcoming visitors with a great experience, rather than on less mission-focused activities like fee collection and trash collection.

Following the meeting, Secretary Zinke led the group to Simón Bolivar Park and a showcase of American-made outdoor recreation products as part of “Made in America Week.” There are more than 100,000 manufacturing jobs provided by the recreation industry – producing boats, RVs, off-road vehicles, outdoor equipment and more.

ORIR, NPHA and experienced partners across the country pledged to collaborate with the Department of the Interior and other federal land management agencies. They offered innovative solutions and expanded partnerships to advance a shared vision of increasing access to modern recreational opportunities and enjoyable experiences for all visitors to federal lands.


About the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable: 
OUTDOOR RECREATION INDUSTRY ROUNDTABLE – is a coalition of America’s leading outdoor recreation trade associations working to promote the policy and legislative reforms needed to grow the outdoor recreation economy. Roundtable members represent the thousands of U.S. businesses that produce vehicles, equipment, gear, apparel and services for the millions of Americans who enjoy our nation’s parks, waterways, byways, trails and outdoor spaces.  Combined, the various business sectors within the outdoor recreation industry generate $887 billion-per-year in economic activity and provide an estimated 7.6 million direct jobs. Coalition members produce the eight largest recreation tradeshows in the U.S. and their members annually contribute $40 billion in federal excise tax, sales tax and duties.


The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) is the sportfishing industry’s trade association committed to representing the interests of the sportfishing and boating industries as well as the entire sportfishing community. We give the industry and anglers a unified voice when emerging laws and policies could significantly affect sportfishing business or sportfishing itself. ASA invests in long-term ventures to ensure the industry will remain strong and prosperous, as well as safeguard and promote the enduring economic, conservation and social values of sportfishing in America. ASA also gives America’s 46 million anglers a voice in policy decisions that affect their ability to sustainably fish on our nation’s waterways through Keep America Fishing®, our national angler advocacy campaign. America’s anglers generate more than $48 billion in retail sales with a $115 billion impact on the nation’s economy creating employment for more than 828,000 people.


Tips & Support

Posted: May 04, 2017


As is often the case, one of the conversations we had with a customer on Facebook has led to a new blog topic for us. This time, we’re answering the question he had- Why does my car battery keep dying? It’s a common question, although there can be multiple answers. In the case of this customer, we asked what type of application the battery was being used in and he responded by posting a photo of a meticulously-detailed engine compartment, with lots of customization.

Just from looking at the photo, we knew this wasn’t a car that saw regular use (it was too clean) and if it was modified so much under the hood, that it was probably modified in a lot of other areas, including the suspension and the stereo system (both of which ended up being the case). He also had three more batteries in the back of his car to handle his stereo. He didn’t tell us if he had an alarm system, but folks who spend that kind of money on their cars tend to spend a little extra for an alarm to protect them.

We don’t know how his car was wired either, but even if the auxiliary batteries in the trunk powered the stereo, there could’ve still been a lot of components powered by his starting battery, including his alarm and air suspension. Newer cars also tend to have a lot of parasitic draws or key-off loads, which can also slowly (or quickly) discharge car batteries, like satellite-based navigation systems, some of which stay active even with the car turned off. Ultimately, we determined that he only drove his car a few times per month and when he didn’t drive it, he did nothing to keep his battery properly-maintained, which leads us to our first tip-

If you don’t use your car/truck/boat regularly, make sure to keep the battery on a quality battery maintainer, like the OPTIMA Digital 400.

As we mentioned before, sometimes vehicles can have significant key-off loads that will discharge a battery over time. If you don’t know what your key-off load is, you can measure it relatively-easily with a multimeter, as explained in this video. We typically suggest anything above 100 milliamps (.100 Amps) should be addressed, but it really comes down to how a vehicle is used and how the battery is maintained.

For example, a Group 35 REDTOP is a 44 Amp-hour battery. If you had a 50-milliamp draw, you would be discharging your battery at a rate of 1.2 Amps per day (.050 x 24 hours). That means your battery would be completely discharged in about 36 days (44 Amp-hours/1.2 Amps) if it was not being maintained at all. Those calculations assume the battery is fully-charged when the car is parked (most are not) and these timeframes can be shorter in hotter climates and longer in temperate climates. Most vehicles also need batteries that are well above a 0% state of charge to start.

Even if a battery is only parked for a few weeks in that scenario, if the vehicle isn’t driven long enough and under the right conditions (not short trips with the AC on and the stereo turned up), the alternator may not have enough time to replace the energy that was used during storage and starting. Eventually, that can lead to a discharged battery, even on a vehicle that sees regular use. That leads us to our second tip about why your battery is always dying-

You may not be driving your car often enough or under the right conditions to keep your battery properly-maintained.

Alternators are designed to maintain batteries near a full state of charge, not recover deeply-discharged batteries. The mistake a lot of folks make is that they jump-start a car with a deeply-discharged battery, but never fully-recharge their deeply-discharged battery, expecting it to charge while driving. If that’s the case or someone just doesn’t drive their vehicle often enough or under the right conditions to keep a battery properly-maintained, they may need to periodically topp off their battery with a charger or maintainer, to help compensate for driving habits that may not allow their alternator to keep pace with their frequency of starting and stopping.

The final suggestion we’ll offer might be rather obvious, but it could just be time to change your battery for a new one.

Car batteries are consumable items with finite lifespans. If your battery keeps dying, it may be time to replace it.

While we want you as a customer, we don’t want your business before you really need our products. That’s why we start by suggesting that your battery dying could be caused by infrequent use or infrequent maintenance. That typically covers a lot of the issues folks have and if they try to remedy those issues by simply replacing a battery with a new one, they may find themselves in the same situation again sooner than they’d like.

Before you decide to replace your battery, check the voltage level, which again, can be measured directly at the battery terminals with the engine off and should be at least about 12.6 volts. If the voltage level seems to be good, you can also measure it again with your engine running. This will tell you the output of your alternator and it should be about 13.7-14.7 volts. If it is significantly lower than that, then your alternator probably isn’t maintaining your battery and may need to be looked at more closely to see if the alternator or the belts powering it need to be replaced.

If you’ve checked your voltage level and alternator output and everything seems in order, you may want to consider having your battery tested. Batteries should only be tested after an attempt has been made to fully-charge them. Many auto parts stores and battery professionals will offer this service for free, so all you need to do is bring your vehicle (or battery) to them for testing.

Get $50 back when purchasing both a new 4”, 5” or 7” GPS plotter AND a Navionics+ card!

Get $50 back when purchasing both a new 4”, 5” or 7” GPS plotter AND a Navionics+ card!

Shop for one of the plotters listed below from any store and choose a Navionics+ Regions or other Navionics+ card to go with it!
Navionics+ Regions is perfect for any plotter including new 4”, 5” and 7” models because it offers marine and lakes content at only $149, ultimately only $99 after the $50 rebate! All Regions are preloaded with Nautical Chart and SonarChart for cruising safer and fishing smarter as only Navionics lets you do.
Eligible Navionics Products:
NAVIONICS+ REGIONS: NAV+NO North, NAV+SO South, NAV+EA East, NAV+WE West, NAV+CA Canada & Alaska (print rebate form)
NAVIONICS+: NAV+NI US & Canada, NAV+3XG Caribbean & S. America (print rebate form)
Navionics cards bundled with plotters are not eligible for the rebate.

Eligible GPS chartplotter models:
HUMMINBIRD: Helix 5, 7
LOWRANCE: Elite Ti 5, 7; Hook, 4, 5, 7
RAYMARINE: Dragonfly 4PRO, 5M, 5PRO, 7PRO

To qualify for the rebate:

Purchase both valid products within a 30-day period between 12/1/16 and 7/31/17. Complete and mail a $50 Rebate form within 60 days from purchase. Include a dated copy of your register receipt(s). No handwritten receipts. Limit 2 rebates per household. You can print the appropriate $50 Rebate form (links above) now or ask your Navionics dealer for one.



2017 FALL FISHING CAREER WORKSHOP: The Outdoor Industry’s Education of a Lifetime. 

Align Your Talent and Greatest Passion to Make a Successful Living in the Fishing Industry.

July 19, Brainerd, MN — Registration is now open for the FALL 2017 FISHING CAREERS

20157784_719687881574607_670164487705084114_oWORKSHOP, hosted by Al Lindner and Troy Lindner and boosted by a line-up of successful outdoor

professionals whose diverse work spans the multifaceted sport fishing industry. Topics include tournament fishing, guide fishing, freelance outdoor writing, photography, videography, social media marketing, sales representative, conservation officer and DNR, lure design, pro staff and independent retailing.

Held at Cragun’s Conference Center and Resort on Gull Lake in the Brainerd Lakes Area on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM, this one day intensive workshop is open to everyone from high school and college students that have a spark and passion for the outdoors to business owners & professionals already working in the industry. Cost is $250 per person.  Refreshments are included. Lunch can be purchased on site.

“One of the most common questions asked is ‘How do I make a living in the fishing industry?’,” said Al Lindner. “The sport fishing industry is so multifaceted and each speaker from various aspects of the industry will share their personal journey with practical in-depth, step-by-step advice on what it took to get where they are at today. Our goal is to have participants walk away with practical information, guidance and expertise to help them successfully navigate the sport fishing waters.”

To Register ONLINE and get more information go to: mycampfish.com. On-site lodging is available at Cragun’s with special rates until October 16, 2017. Contact us at 800-378-5095, Facebook: @Camp Fish/Fishing Careers Workshop.

The 2017 Guest speakers include top industry notables: Seth Feider, Bassmaster Elite Professional Angler; Tom Neustrom, Professional Guide/Promotions, Minnesota Fishing Connections; Joel Nelson, Writer, TV/Media Personality, Joel Nelson Outdoors; Bill Lindner, Commercial Photographer, Videographer, Bill Lindner Photography; Mike Hehner, Field Producer, Lund’s Ultimate Fishing Experience TV; Stock Photo Manager, Lindner Imagery; Brett McComas, Editor, Target Walleye/Ice, Owner, Stout Outdoors; John Janousek, Sales Manager, Rassat Outdoor Group; Tim Collette, Conservation Officer,  Minnesota Department of Natural Resources; Mark Fisher, Director of Field Promotions, Rapala USA; Marc Bacigalupi, Area Fisheries Supervisor, MN Department of Natural Resources; Matt Johnson, Ice Team Manager/Pro Staff Director, Clam Outdoors; Grant Prokop,  Independent Retailer, Thousand Lakes Sporting Goods.


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Seth Feider, Elite Professional Angler, Seth Feider Fishing

Seth Feider is one of the most electric anglers to hit the B.A.S.S. tournament circuit in years.  A Minnesota native, Seth dominated the 2016 Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship on Lake Mille Lacs as a culmination in a series of tournament top-finishes leading up to that win.  With an eye to the future, Seth has steadily and consistently worked his way up the ranks.  Starting in local tournaments, he kept at it and achieved what’s been a dream of his – to earn the right to compete against the top pros in the sport. “It’s life-changing for me,” he said. “It’s something I’ve been dreaming of since I was 10 years old. To get a chance to do it is crazy.”


Tom Neustrom, Professional Guide/Promotions, Minnesota Fishing Connections

Tom Neustrom is among a short list of the very best fishing guides in the United States, and a tireless promoter of the fishing industry for over 35 years.  Nationally recognized within the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, and a member of the Minnesota Fishing Hall of fame, Tom is the consummate fishing professional and a legendary guide.  Representing some of the largest companies in fishing, Tom has an incredible talent that the industry has relied on for decades.  As a skilled angler and effective promoter, Tom leverages his skill set while helping to hone it in others, as countless pros and tourney anglers have looked to him for mentorship over his long and storied career. “I have been drawn to water all my life. From a young boy growing up in Chicago, fishing has been at the center of my life. I have chased fish and learned nearly everything I could and teach people how to be a better angler. The road has been long and very satisfying. I love what I do!”


Joel Nelson, Writer, TV/Media Personality, Joel Nelson Outdoors

Joel Nelson is a well-known TV/Media personality in the fishing and hunting industry.  A self-admitted “fish nerd,” Nelson holds advanced degrees in the natural sciences, including fisheries and digital mapping, allowing him to both think like a fish and find them.  Annually, he participates in numerous TV, Radio, and writing venues, highlighting relevant stories on his website – Joel Nelson Outdoors.  Joel works with the biggest names in ice-fishing, open-water, and hunting; all while focusing on genuine experiences and the how-to’s he’s been afforded the opportunity to learn along the way.  “I started working in this industry to have fun and find a way to fund my passion.  What I’ve learned along the way is that while often times each of those two goals are directly pitted against one another, you can’t be good at your business craft without remembering why you started to begin with and ensuring you’re still having fun along the way.”


Bill Lindner, Commercial Photographer, Videographer, Bill Lindner Photography

With over 40 years behind the lens, Bill Lindner is an internationally recognized outdoor photographer in the fishing, hunting, and food preparation arenas. A lifelong sportsman, Bill’s knowledge and passion for fishing and the outdoors is reflected in every image.  Based in Minnesota, the land of 10,000 lakes, his assignments, however, have taken him from Canada to the Caribbean, to the South Pacific and beyond. “I knew the moment I had a camera in my hands — this was it.”


Mike Hehner, Field Producer, Lund’s Ultimate Fishing Experience TV; Stock Photo Manager, Lindner Imagery From the field to the desk, Mike Hehner brings his training as a photographer, a fisheries degree and as a sportsman to the management of Bill Lindner’s extensive stock photo files and understands how the right photo enhances editorial and advertising. As a field producer for Lund’s Ultimate Fishing Experience, he’s watchful in ensuring that each episode is a new adventure wrangling some of the best anglers in the sport.  “I have been fascinated by fish and addicted to fishing since I was a little kid—I pursued a Fisheries career as a young adult, and ended up in the Fishing Industry”


Brett McComas, Editor, Target Walleye/Ice, Owner, Stout Outdoors

Brett McComas is a well-respected writer, editor, and social media guru that holds captive a weekly audience in the many hundreds of thousands with the scope of his contributions.  As Editor of Target Walleye, the nation’s leading walleye authority and online publication, Brett crafts timely content for millions of anglers annually while educating via many “how-to” segments, and informing through hot-topics and regional happenings.  Owner of Stout Outdoors, Brett performs social media tasks for the outdoor industry’s finest companies, while drawing on his experiences as angler, retailer, and marketer.  McComas sees the lakescape as an advanced angler with a host of promotional skills, taking college credits in business, marketing, advertising; only because there was no degree in “fishing” at the time.  Nothing happens overnight — hard work is everything.”


John Janousek, Sales Manager, Rassat Outdoor Group 

John Janousek is a top sales manager, tournament angler, and key member of the Midwest’s fishing community.  Prior to his sales position, John worked with both Northland Fishing Tackle and Crestliner Boats in a variety of management and product development positions. His passion for the outdoors is evident in his career and family life where he is eager to teach younger generations the importance of conservation and the preservation of outdoor traditions. John is driven to work hard for his accounts, with which he has cultivated true friendships, and is motivated to help them succeed in achieving their sales goals for all product lines. “I wake up every morning excited to go to work doing something I love.”


Tim Collette, Conservation Officer, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources / Enforcement

A quiet lawman—Tim Collette tries very hard every day to protect the natural resources of central Minnesota. Tim first became a Fishing Guide because he loved to fish and be outside in the elements, and the desire to be a conservation officer was always his goal. His daughter followed suit and they are the first father-daughter DNR conservation officers in the state. “With extensive exposure to the fishing industry at an early age, I had decided then that I either wanted to either be a professional fisherman or a game warden.  I am very fortunate to have done both.”


Mark Fisher, Director of Field Promotions, Rapala USA

As Director of Field Promotions for Rapala USA, Mark Fisher could be one of the most recognizable faces, and voices, in fishing today.  His decades-long drive for offering the best as a tournament angler, TV-personality, and radio-host, has brought incredible success both personally and for those he represents.  Dovetailing his passion for fishing, creativity and talent for promotion, Mark is living his dream. “Exposure is the best preparation for opportunity! Whatever your strong suit is, whether it’s painting lures, writing stories, giving seminars or engineering boats, put those skills to use,” he says. “While you’re at it, work hard and put yourself in position to capitalize on every opportunity that comes your way.”


Marc Bacigalupi, Area Fisheries Supervisor, MN Department of Natural Resources

With a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Chemistry Double Major and a Master’s Degree in Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and a Management Area Fisheries Supervisor, Marc Bacigalupi, and staff of six full-time employees manage 317 fishing lakes and 100 miles of rivers and streams. “I love my job with the DNR where I can apply my scientific training in the real world and get everyday field experience working with fish and people.”


Matt Johnson, Ice Team Manager/Pro Staff Director, Clam Outdoors

Matt Johnson is a multi-faceted thought-leader throughout the fishing industry.  As an educated, experienced, and effective communicator, Matt has brought his many skills to bear on a host of industry activities.  From tournament angling, seminar speaking, and promoting for some of the best companies in fishing, to running his own guide service and online media site at MattJohnsonOutdoors.com, Matt’s talents are many.  As Ice Team Manager and Pro-staff Director at Clam Outdoors, Matt can represent the perspective of a manufacturer, while understanding the plight of many pros that have followed in his footsteps. “At a young age I became obsessed with fishing, and that obsession blossomed into an education-focused mindset. Sharing the sport with others became my passion, which lead to starting a guide service, working in fishing retail business, and eventually turning into my dream job of helping drive the sport alongside the team at Clam Outdoors and Ice Team!”


Grant Prokop, Independent Retailer, Thousand Lakes Sporting Goods

As owner of one of the fastest growing retail shops in the state, Grant Prokop has a passion for hunting, fishing, and everything in between.  As an angler first, Grant chooses to follow the lead of the consumer, rather than just a retailer, as he carefully manages Thousand Lakes Sporting Goods in Grand Rapids, MN.  Grant and his brother Matt carry lines that they and their staff actually use and selling products that last is key to their success.  Grant started working at his uncle’s store when he had to stand on a milk crate to reach the till. “It’s been my dream since I was ten or twelve years old.  You don’t have to work a day of your life if you love what you do everyday!”


Troy Lindner, AnglingBuzz TV, Troy Lindner Fishing, Solar Performance, The Ontario Experience TV

The scenic route — with a business degree in hand, Troy put his penchant for fitness successfully to work as a personal trainer in Los Angeles. Catching the tournament bug and winning over 40 tournaments including the 2016 Wild West Bass Angler of the Year, Troy has continued to meld his passion and talents.  Each step on his path has been the result of matching opportunity with vision, focus and drive.  Troy is the host of AnglingBuzz TV and The Ontario Experience TV.


Al Lindner, Lindner Media Productions, Target Walleye, AnglingBuzz, Lindner’s Angling Edge TV 

During a long career spanning the most revolutionary years in sport fishing history, Al Lindner ranks among one of the most renowned leaders in the fishing industry.  Today, Al and the Lindner family focus their efforts on Lindner Media Productions, whose client list includes some of the most respected names in the outdoor industry.  LMP specializes in producing educational fishing programs, national TV commercials, product sales presentations, point-of-purchase product videos shown internationally in sporting goods stores and on the internet and provide their trademark underwater and aerial photography to the sport fishing industry

The Inside Line on a New Jig!

 The Inside Line on a New Jig!

HAFFJ34-8Collierville, Tenn. (June 1, 2017) – Greg Hackney has made a career as one of the most consistent anglers in the history of the sport of tournament bass fishing. He has amassed Angler of the Year titles and several event wins. Most of his success has come by way of targeting fish in and around shallow cover. We have even designed a line of “Hack Attack Heavy Cover” baits that are made for this application. The latest project between the design team at Strike King and Hackney is the all-new Hack Attack Fluorocarbon Flipping Jig!

“Our existing hack Attack Flipping Jig features a monster hook that basically requires the use of braid. But there are times when I need a flipping jig for use in clearer water where I would prefer fluorocarbon over braided line. This new jig is the deal for that situation. I believe it will be the answer to a lot of jig fishermen’s needs” says Greg Hackney, 14-Time Bassmaster Classic Qualifier.

“We made countless modifications to get this jig to a point we thought was perfect. We made it compact in size. It has a zero-degree line tie which greatly increases the hookup percentage. It is extremely weedless. And, it’s built around a 4.5/0 custom siwash hook. This jig will be a game changer” Hackney proclaims.

The Hack Attack Fluorocarbon Flipping Jig is available in 3/8, ½ and ¾ sizes and 12 Hackney-approved colors. Look for it at retailers and in the mouths of big bass starting in the fall of 2017!

Take an Adult Fishing Tournament with New Wisconsin Hockey Coach Mark Strobel

Take an Adult Fishing Tournament with New Wisconsin Hockey Coach Mark Strobel

Winners from a previous year's event.
Winners from a previous year’s event.

One of the summer highlights in this part of Wisconsin is coming soon on Saturday, July 29th. What I’m talking about is the 20th Annual Take an Adult Fishing Tournament which will take off from the stage and parking lot in front of the Wilderness Fish and Game store in Sauk City at 6:00 am. “The purpose of this event is to provide a fun activity that promotes healthy lifestyles. For that reason, there is to be no smoking or drinking of alcohol during the event.”


Big crowd from last year's Tournament.
Big crowd from last year’s Tournament.

Use a separate registration form for each team which maybe picked up at the Wilderness store. A team must consist of a adult and at least one child under the age of 16. The event will be held rain or shine. There also is a mandatory meeting you must attend on the morning of the tournament, July 29, at 6:00 am. The form may be brought by the store at 532 Water Street Sauk City, Wi. 53583 or emailed to tom@wildernessfishgame.com. Teams may fish anywhere that they please as long as the return by the 2:00 pm check in. we usually have 80-100 teams and a large crowd cheering their children on!

There are six different categories fish that may be entered. The categories are; bass, walleye, trout, panfish, catfish, and roughfish. Each team may enter 1 fish per category. Teams may enter more than I category. All fish are weighted on a digital commercial certified scale. The great prizes are awarded to 1st place, 2nd place, and 3rd place in each category.


A happy winner with sponsor Don Becker
A happy winner with sponsor Don Becker

Members of the National Professional Anglers Association donated much of the give-a-ways and NPAA members Wally Banfi, Duffy Kopf, Jim Kloth, Terry Frey, Mike Hanson, Chuck Pohlman, and Gary Engberg donated their time for the kids. Wilderness Fish and Game employees that helped included owner Tom Lochner, Wally Banfi, Tyler Ruhland, Mike Hanson, Chuck Pohlman, and Dan Zimmerman. We also have a special guest, new University of Wisconsin Hockey Coach


Special guest UW Hockey Coach Mark Strobel.
Special guest UW Hockey Coach Mark Strobel.

There also were many sponsors that helped make this event possible and they are; Wilderness Fish and Game, Ballweg Chevrolet, National Professional Anglers Association (NPAA),Ultimate Outdoor Radio, Don’s Marine, Big Rock Sporting Goods, Mepp’s, Arlington Agronomy, Berkley Pure Fishing, Gollons Bait, Becker Law Office, Sauk Prairie Optimist Club, Gary Engberg Outdoors, Fuch’s Trucking, Klinkner Electronics, Cayuse Shop, Wisconsin DNR- Game Wardens, Midway Oil, U.S. Coast Guard Service, Off Shore Tackle, Plano Tackle, Flambeau Tackle, All the Parents, ll the Kids, and the new assistant University of Wisconsin Hockey Coach Mike Strobel.

This is a big time event for the area’s young and a chance to get on the water with friends and family! Be safe and follow all the State of Wisconsin rules and regulations for fishing.

Clean Drain Dry Initiative™ Honored



For Immediate Release
July 18, 2017

Clean Drain Dry Initiative™ Honored

White Bear Lake, MN – The Clean Drain Dry Initiative has been honored once again with a special award for Outstanding Achievement by the Reduce Risks from Invasive Species Coalition (RRISC).

The Board of Directors at RRISC announced that Wildlife Forever has been selected to receive the 2017 RRISC award for “Outstanding  Achievement” in protecting the economy and environment from invasive species.  After a rigorous review of all nominees, the board agreed that Wildlife Forever’s accomplishments with the Clean Drain Dry (CD2) Initiative truly stands out among the rest.

Tim Richardson, Government Affairs Officer for Wildlife Forever, accepted the honor on behalf of CD2. According to Richardson: “Receiving this honor is important because it comes at a time when we are starting to see lake closures, limited access and denial of fishing tournaments.  As the national leader in invasive species public outreach messaging under the Clean Drain Dry Initiative, Wildlife Forever is poised to rally the boating and fishing industry to urgent need to educate recreational users and to thereby keep our lakes and streams open to public access.”

Richardson thanked the over 2,500 partners that have worked with Wildlife Forever to help reach two billion impressions targeted to recreational users over the past decade.

Scott Cameron, the Department of Interior’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy for Policy, Management and Budget, and the past director of RRISC attended the Fourth Annual Congressional Reception and Awards Program on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

Clean Drain Dry Initiative partners (left to right): Craig Martin, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service; Jamie Reaser, National Invasive Species Council; Tim Richardson, Wildlife Forever; Rick Otis, RRISC; Mark Humpert, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, and Mike Ielmini, U.S. Forest Service.

The Clean Drain Dry Initiative™ is the national campaign to educate outdoor recreational users on how to prevent the spread of invasive species. Coordinated strategic messaging drives best management practices content, marketing communications and outreach tools on how to prevent. To learn about services and how you can participate, contact Pat Conzemius, PConzemius@WildlifeForever.org or visit www.CleanDrainDry.org.

About Wildlife Forever (WF): Wildlife Forever’s mission is to conserve America’s wildlife heritage through conservation education, preservation of habitat and management of fish and wildlife.  For 30 years, WF members have helped to conduct thousands of fish, game and habitat conservation projects across the country. Recent audit reveals a 94% to mission rating.  To join or learn more about the award-winning programs, including work to engage America’s youth, visit www.WildlifeForever.org.