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OUTDOOR NOTES: Area anglers dominate bass tourney

GLADSTONE, Mich. — Bob Perkins of Crosslake and Justin Ohotto of Nisswa won top honors in at the North American Bass Circuit’s Bays de Noc tournament on July 30 with a 22.15-pound, five-fish limit.

Their limit of smallmouth bass —anchored by a 6.62-pounder that was big bass of the tournament — earned them a $5,000 first-place check along with bonuses, including $1,000 Ranger Cup, $500 Cabela’s Angler Cash, $160 U2/Oxygenator, $625 in Big-Fish Pot winnings and a great prize package including Rapala, Trigger X and Sufix products.

In all, the top seven teams shared the $8,640 payout plus $1,250 from the Big Bass Pot and sponsor contingencies. Second place finishers Keith Tuma of Baxter and Jim Smith of Brainerd earned the $250 Optima True Blue Rewards contingency. 

This was the second stop of the NABC’s inaugural season, which began June 11 on the Winnebago Chain out of Oshkosh, Wis. The third and final qualifier is Aug. 19 on Lake Minnetonka. 

‘Outdoor Adventure’ at Black’s Grove Park on Wednesday

WADENA — Wadena County Soil and Conservation forestry education technician, Anne Oldakowski, will be teaching youths, adults and families how to identify the varieties of trees, shrubs and vegetation at Black’s Grove Park Wednesday in Wadena. 

Those interested should meet in the Black’s Grove Park parking lot at 9:30 am. The program will end at 11:30 am.               

The “Outdoor Adventure” program is free and is sponsored by Wadena County Soil and Conservation District and Wadena-Deer Creek-Bluffton Community Education. 

Questions should be directed to Sandie Rentz, community education director, at 632-2396.

Baxter Bass Snatchers results

The fourth Baxter Bass Snatchers tournament was held July 31 on the Mississippi River.

 During the tournament 23 anglers caught and released 76 bass. First place went to Dennis Lothspeich with 18 pounds; second place went to Chuck Steinbauer with 16 pounds, 10 ounces; and third place went to Guy Henkensiefken with 16 pounds, 7 ounces. Henkensiefken also had the lunker at 4 pounds, 7 ounces.

Shoreline restoration tour planned in Lake Shore

A shoreline restoration tour will take place in Lake Shore on Tuesday. 

DNR Shoreline Specialist Heather Baird will lead the tour, which is being sponsored by the Gull Chain of Lakes Association. The tour is open to anyone in the area interested in shoreline restoration, which makes shorelines more natural to enhance their looks and improve animal habitat and lake water quality.  

There is no cost. Participants should meet at Lake Shore City Hall, 8583 Interlachen Road, by 4 p.m. Wednesday. Contact Lake Shore City Hall at 963-2148 with any questions.

DNR unveils boat washing unit on Mille Lacs 

The DNR started using new hot water, high-pressure decontamination units this weekend to remove zebra mussels from boats at public accesses at Lake Minnetonka, Pelican Lake in Otter Tail County and Lake Mille Lacs. 

The units are part of an accelerated effort, recently funded by the Legislature, to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species in Minnesota. The unit on Lake Mille Lacs will be at the Garrison boat access.

Youth fishing derby Aug. 13 in Crosslake

CROSSLAKE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, will host a free youth fishing derby on Aug. 13 for kids age 14 and under at its Cross Lake Recreation Area in Crosslake.

Participants must be at the main office by 8:30 a.m. to register. There will be educational programs at 9 a.m. followed by fishing at 10 a.m.

The children must be present for the duration of the educational programs and have an adult present to participate. All fishing must be done from shore and within park boundaries. Participants need to bring their own bait, sunscreen and fishing pole. Local merchants will provide the prizes and soda pop.

The fishing derby will be held rain or shine. For more information, please contact the park at (218) 692-2025.

Art contest offered at Deep Portage

HACKENSACK — Deep Portage Learning Center is seeking black ink drawings of wild animals, fish and birds that are native to the north central Minnesota area. The winning artist’s drawing will be featured on Deep Portage’s 2012 critter art mugs.

Some examples of animals featured on past years’ mugs were turtle, porcupine, fawn, buck, sunfish, wolf, grouse, musky, large-mouth bass, bobcat, chickadee, house wren and hummingbird.

Send your drawings to Deep Portage Learning Center, Attn: Linda Suvada, 2197 Nature Center Drive NW, Hackensack, MN 56452.  

The deadline for submissions is Oct. 15, 2011.