As many of the state and federal natural resource managers near retirement age, there will be a need to fill vacant positions with qualified individuals who understand and have a passion for sport fishing. To ensure that a pool of well-trained applicants is available for employers to choose from, Shimano and the B.A.S.S. Nation (BN), are offering $2,000 college scholarships in 2019 for students seeking a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a natural resource field. This award will be made directly to the student and not the student's educational institution, and can be used for tuition, textbooks or living expenses.
By Louie Stout
You don’t have to tell St. Joseph River anglers that the quality of bass fishing on the river is good.
Nor do you have to convince Indiana DNR Biologist Larry Koza, who oversees Indiana’s section of the St. Joe.
“I think the St. Joe continues to be underrated for bass, especially smallmouth,” he said this week. “The locals who fish it know what’s there but I’m not sure a lot of people outside that area appreciate how good it is.”
The Indiana Bass Federation recognized three northern clubs at their annual state membership meeting during the Indianapolis Boat, Sport, and Travel Show.
The Potato Creek Bass Club, St. Joe Valley Bassmasters and Angola Hawg Hunters won top honors.
The Potato Creek club, made up of members from the counties of St Joseph Marshall, Elkhart and LaPorte, was named the 2018 IBF Club of the Year for several activities they supported during 2018.
The club donated money to a family for materials and helped them tear out dry wall that was damaged in the February floods. They also sponsored a hole at a charity golf scramble put on by the Bremen Post of the Indiana State Police to benefit State Police Officers and their families that are suffering life threatening illnesses.