The final stop of the Polar Bear Opens by FishStyx custom Rods for 2020 was Sunday at Dukes Bridge and it produced a record number of teams (25) that came out to try their luck on this big fish factory.
The sun shined most of the day with the temperatures reaching around 50 degrees, winds under 10 mph and fish biting.
John Gipson and Justin Hahaj raked a 22-pound, 9-ounce limit of smallmouth from the no wake zone of the St. Joseph River at Benton Harbor to win the Southwest Michigan Fall Tournament last weekend.
The duo won $260 by fishing 7 to 18 feet of water around bait balls.
If you’ve ever Wacky Rigged to catch big bass, you won’t be surprised when you ice monster panfish with VMC’s new Mustache Jigs.
Featuring a pre-rigged egg sac with two tapering appendages, a Mustache Worm looks like a tiny Wacky Worm.
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By Louie Stout
When Indiana and Michigan governors issued “Stay at Home” orders, many people have asked, “What about fishing?”
Yes, you can go. The public is urged to engage in recreational activity providing you do it a safe distance from others.
The following statement was made yesterday by the Indiana DNR on its Division of Fish and Wildlife Facebook Page:
“There has been some misinformation circulating on social media recently stating that fishing in Indiana is suspended until a later date. We would like to set the record straight that fishing is NOT suspended and it is an activity you can enjoy while practicing social distancing.”
Likewise, the Michigan DNR issued the following statement on its Facebook Page:
“We've received some questions concerning the activity of fishing following the recent "stay home, stay safe" order from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The order given today stated that individuals may still engage in outdoor activities while following proper social distance from those around you.
“Fishing is one of those activities that can be done while following social distancing recommendations. We encourage you to spend some time fishing, but please keep your health and the health of others in mind.
“As a reminder, we have taken steps to close some facilities and cancel or postpone meetings and events to reduce coronavirus risk to Michigan residents. Check www.Michigan.gov/DNRClosures for the latest information available.”