PORTLAND, Ore. — Central Oregon Bass Club member Lonnie Johnson attended a Rapid Response exercise on invasive species, specifically zebra and quagga mussels. "This was an Incident Command Structure exercise to put the Oregon invasive species plan into action in the event of an infestation," said Johnson. "Oregon B.A.S.S. Nation was invited for feedback/input and to demonstrate the need for a strong volunteer base.
MINNEAPOLIS — Several Minnesota B.A.S.S. Nation clubs have assisted the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in collecting bass creel survey data since 2003. Clubs that participated in at least one of the 260 surveys conducted in 2012 were Fat Belly, Lakes Area, Renegade Bassers, Sportsmen Bassmasters, Viking Bassmasters and Zumbro Valley Bassmasters.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Renegade Bassers club makes a habit of cleaning up the boat ramp access and parking lot after every club tournament. Throughout 2012, the club put in three man-hours of labor on post-tournament cleanup, removing 6 pounds of garbage.
Members of Minnesota's Renegade Bassers club removed 400 pounds of debris from Maple Lake.
OCEAN SHORES, Wash. — Coastal Bassmasters began a projec to rebuild the bass fishery at Duck Lake. "We have started working in the political arena between state and city government," said Eric Roos. "Duck Lake is a man-made reservoir owned by the resort city of Ocean Shores. Both Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife and City of Ocean Shores permits are required and applied for. "Our goal will be to work together with state and local agencies and other bass clubs to restore a once great largemouth fishery," added Roos.
MOUNT ST. HELENS, Wash. — The Fire Creek Bassmasters worked closely with another club to help stop the change in regulations for smallmouth bass, walleye and catfish on the Columbia River. The two volunteers wrote letters to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and met with the WDFW director. The project required 10 man-hours. Ultimately, the clubs were unable to stop the regulation change.
OLYMPIA, Wash. — Members of the Fire Creek Bassmasters are working on a major rebuild project on the boat ramp and facilities at Black Lake. Two club members wrote a letter of support to help the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife gain funding to begin construction. In addition, they wrote a 'want list,' which included all the features that would be ideal, such as bathrooms, parking, access for persons with disabilities, a ramp, and a dock for tying up as well as for fishing from the dock.
LACEY, Wash. — Members of Fire Creek Bassmasters cleaned up public boat ramps on two separate occasions in summer 2012. In the first cleanup on Lake St. Clair, five volunteers collected 22 pounds of trash and cleaned up 3/4 acre of habitat. In the second cleanup on Lake Hicks, six volunteers collected 15 pounds of trash and cleaned up 1 3/4 acres of habitat.
GEORGINA ISLAND, Ontario — Wild rice has been extinct in Lake Simcoe since the 1930s. The Aurora Bassmasters have re-introduced the native plant to the fishery in order to provide good fry habitat. "The club partnered with several key stakeholders to undertake this project in 2012," explained Wil Wegman of the Aurora Bassmasters.
AURORA, Ontario — Members of the Aurora Bassmasters are highlighting the club's five-year bass tagging project on Lake Simcoe through the use of web forums and press releases. "Although the five-year project is now officially over, tagged bass are still being caught," explained Aurora Bassmasters member Wil Wegman. "We're still letting anglers know what to do if they catch a tagged bass." The club also created and distributes "Catch and Call: You Can Help Us All" signs around Lake Simcoe about the bass tagging program.
AURORA, Ontario — Members of the Aurora Bassmasters are taking part in the effort to transform discarded fishing into into fish habitat. The club raised $500 and contributed 18 man-hours to placing PVC pipe receptacles in several spots at shoreline fishing areas on Lake Simcoe. The receptacles are marked to encourage anglers to deposit their line waste there. "Used fishing line will be collected and sent to Berkley," said Wil Wegman of the Aurora Bassmasters. Berkley creates artificial habitat structures called Berkley Fish Habs from the recycled line.