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I would like to invite you to tour the Smallmouth Alliance web site; The Smallmouth Alliance group or groups that act as the caretakers of the web site are doing a wonderful job. There are the sites for the individual chapters which are all interesting and informative in their own rite, but there is also a section called "Conservation Issues" that speaks to the heart of the Smallmouth Alliance organization. The Alliance is about protecting the resource for not only ourselves, but for all who enjoy wetting a line on a beautiful spring day or in the heat of the summer. I am new to the Smallmouth Alliance as I have become a part of the newly formed Southeast Minnesota Smallmouth Alliance (SEMSA)and I look forward to working with our chapter toward preserving a very special fishing environment in our corner of Minnesota. If you are not currently a member of an organization such as the Smallmouth Alliance, I urge you to check us out. Attend a meeting, meet the people, ask questions and then get involved. Our next meeting will be at Sandy Point Supper Club, Wednesday, April 11 @ 7 p.m. All are welcome. Have a great year of fishing. I look forward to reading about all your individual and group success stories. Thanks to for making this space available for me and my soapbox. FISH ON!

Fish On!
Big Lew

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