Not sure how common bear sightings are on the lake but I spotted this guy on the South Shore of Pine Island getting a drink. This is now my phone wallpaper. I've seen lots of bears but this was my first Minnesota bear.
I bought a couple Okuma Magda Pro 20DX line counters. They have worked great with a couple 7ft ugly sticks for planer board rods, and some 8ft 6in okuma dipsy rods.
I was just wondering when it comes to line counters what do most of you use?
DNR commissioner celebrates benefits of three key measures from 1969 legislation
Fifty years ago, the Minnesota Legislature ensured better land management and conservation through three key conservation measures. The Shoreland Protection Act, Floodplain Management Act, and legislation authorizing scientific and natural areas were all signed into law in 1969 by Gov. Harold LeVander.
At that time, most lake properties consisted of relatively tiny seasonal cabins built close to the water on small lots in a relatively natural state. Many Minnesota cities routinely suffered extensive flooding, endangering residents and causing massive economic losses. There was no broad program or legislation in place to protect natural landscapes in the state.
Fifty years later, shoreland management protections benefit both lakes and lake users. These measures have proven to be particularly important as large year-round lake homes and lawns, brick or stone hardscaping, and large docks and powerful boats have become common. While some communities still experience negative impacts from flooding, those that have undertaken flood risk reduction projects have fared relatively well, even with today’s more frequent and extreme rainfall events.
Scientific and natural areas protect native habitat and unique geologic features through a combination of private land purchases, land and money donations, leases from organizations like the Nature Conservancy, conservation easements and agreements with local governments.
“Minnesota leaders had tremendous foresight in enacting these measures fifty years ago, and all Minnesotans have reaped the benefits,” said DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen. “Now, it’s our responsibility to build on the foundation these programs have provided as we manage our natural resources for the future.”
More information is available on the DNR website about how to protect shorelands, how communities can reduce flood risks, and how everyone can enjoy and enhance Minnesota’s scientific and natural areas.
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Quiet place, this is...…...there are a lot of fish not far off the south shore. Sure hope that leads to a great fall bite and winter season. 26 - 28' was my best depth Sun/Mon with a jig and shiner. Nice fish too. At least when I was on the lake this summer, I never saw a water temp over 69 degrees. A first for me. No algae blooms either, although on Sunday when the wind stopped, there was a bit of algae coming to the surface but not a "bloom".
All in all, a much better summer on the south side.
Was out fishing this past weekend, Saturday and Sunday. The fall bite is on. Fish are stacking around the reefs and along shore line breaks. Jigging with frozen shinners or fatheads is the method of choice.
Saturday the weather was beautiful in the morning, we put in around 1030am and the clouds rolled in with some light rain. We fished a lot of areas along the south shore, marked many fish, but they were not feeding. Headed in around 230pm as we need to prep for the barn dance. As soon we got back to the cabin, the skies cleared and it was a very nice evening.
Sunday we got out late again and finally found fish in the last two hours in 8 to 12 feet along some shore structure, filled our limit of nice 16 to 19 inchers, and headed in around 4pm. The weather was fabulous.
Our next outing is in a couple of weeks to fill the winter water tank and other winter prep, and of course - hope we get some nicer weather as well for fishing.