Louie StoutSPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Longtime Bassmaster Senior Writer and Michiana resident Louie Stout joins four others as new inductees to the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame.

Other inductees include the late Wade Bourne, another veteran bass writer, Elite pro Shaw Grigsby, Bob Sealy, and Morris Sheehan. They will be enshrined at the Hall’s new permanent home within Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife Museum & Aquarium in Springfield, Mo. Nov. 9.

Bass Pro Shops and its Wonders of Wildlife Museum and Aquarium will become the permanent home of the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame.

“This is a special milestone for the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame. The goal since our founding in 2003 has always been to have a home to honor our inductees and their accomplishments in the sport of bass fishing,” said Donald Howell, BFHOF Board of Directors president. “We all look forward to sharing and celebrating a special night with Wade’s family, Shaw, Bob, Morris and Louie. And we are all anxious to showcase our past inductees in the Hall’s new home.”

The hull of Bergren’s Ranger boat was destroyed when he hit a pipe when entering a channel near Burns Harbor. It filled with water, but didn’t sink.

The hull of Bergren’s Ranger boat was destroyed when he hit a pipe when entering a channel near Burns Harbor. It filled with water, but didn’t sink.

Bobby Bergren is Happy to be Alive

And lucky, too.

The Munster, Ind. angler and his partner escaped serious injury in a boating accident on Lake Michigan July 10 and they want others to learn from their experience – and mistakes.

“If God wanted us to die early, we would be dead,” the 28-year old Bergren said. “For some reason, he kept us alive.”

Banged and battered, Bergren and Boston were happy to be alive.He and 22-year-old Ian Boston, also of Munster, were bass fishing on Lake Michigan that morning. They launched in East Chicago, ran to Chicago, caught a few fish and then made the surprisingly smooth, 20-mile ride back to the ArcelorMittal shipping channel near Burns Harbor.

“I wasn’t real familiar with the area but knew there was a discharge back in there that bass will congregate around from time to time,” said Bergren. “The problem was I was thinking about catching fish and lost sight of the importance of being safe.”

By Louie Stout

Last week’s story about a confirmed cougar sighting in southern Michigan brought us mail from readers who believe they saw one in this area as a year ago.

Scott Helms of South Bend wrote:

“Last year my wife and I spotted one at Potato Creek State Park. We were driving not too far from the main gate, heading toward the nature center to go walking when we smelled a dead carcass in the air. Immediately after, we spotted a large cat-like animal run across the road in front of our vehicle. Unfortunately, it didn’t want to stand around for a photo op, otherwise we would have taken a picture. When we reported it to a DNR officer at the Nature Center, he told us they have had other reports just like ours, but until someone gets a photo, they can’t confirm it. During the past year, someone reported on Facebook a sighting west of South Bend. That person didn’t get a photo either.”

By Louie Stout

It’s time for Michiana youngsters to register for one of Indiana’s largest kid fishing derbies slated for Aug. 12 at Worster Lake in Potato Creek State Park.

The St. Joe Valley Bass Masters will host their 41st annual event, opened to the first 300 kids to register. Applications must be mailed by August 7.Click here to download a registration form.

Historically, the event draws from 150-200 kids and has drawn as many as 300, all of whom go home with a t-shirt and a goodie bag filled with candy, school supplies and a few toys.

The event has become such a tradition that several parents of participating children took part in the derby when they were young.