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X-Tractor Anglers’ Legacy has collected more than 27,000 pledges since its inception in May 2006. The program asks avid anglers to share their passion for fishing and to visit, where they’re asked to “Take the Pledge” – promising to take one new person fishing each year. International Sportsmen’s Expositions joins a growing group of partners who support the Anglers’ Legacy movement. To see a full list, visit the “Program Partners” section on About ISE For 31 years, the International Sportsmen’s Exposition (ISE) events have presented America’s premier adventure-travel, fishing, shooting-sports, boat and camping products and services to outdoor enthusiasts at events held during the first quarter throughout the largest western and Rocky Mountain markets. Each of the five ISE events in 2008 feature 400 to nearly 600 leading resorts and lodges, outdoor product manufacturers, boat dealers, regional and specialty retailers, guides and outfitters, national and local conservation organizations, state and federal government agencies and nonprofit groups. About RBFF RBFF is a nonprofit organization established in 1998 to increase participation in recreational angling and boating. RBFF helps people discover, share and protect the legacy of boating and fishing through national outreach programs including the Take Me Fishing campaign and Anglers’ Legacy. If you would like your releases posted in Simply Fishing Magazine .com. Submitt them to and . Catch Simply Fishing Onmyoutdoortv. com Streaming 24/7

Nips & Tips, “Currents” How currents can and will affect you and what to do about them. Lake of the Woods is a tremendously large body of water that can make even the experienced fisherman feel a bit meager. The lake measures seventy-five miles north to south and seventy miles east to west, translating to an area of over 5,000 square miles. Now that’s a lot of water! But as the name implies there are many land masses, great and small, which break this body of water into countless bays and channels. Factor in the many small islands, rocks, and reefs that proliferate in the Canadian Shield lakes and we have a lake with tremendous diversity and structure. So where does one begin to fish for muskies in a lake of this size and nature? Muskies are found in almost every section of the Canadian portion of Lake of the Woods. The lake is broken into major sections and bays, such as Whitefish Bay, Sabaskong Bay, Miles Bay, Little Traverse Bay, Bishop Bay and the north lake with the Barrier Islands. Within each of these sections are numerous secondary bays. In an area of water this large, winds are almost always a factor. With high winds, large waves develop across the open water, making travel and fishing difficult, even treacherous. More important to us as anglers is the fact that these winds are also producing water currents constantly. These currents become most apparent in necked down areas between larger bays or even the narrow sections between groups of islands that block the wind-induced currents. During high wind, the currents can resemble river flows in restricted areas. Even after the winds die down, the current remains for some time and then slows gradually. In time, the current may even reverse its flow in these restricted areas as the lake settles to calm. These water currents carry the phytoplankton and zooplankton (microscopic plants and animals), as well as shrimp and insect hatches. Minnows and small bait fish utilize these items as their main food source, predators feed on the bait fish and large predators feed on the smaller predators. Bingo! All we need now is the right type of fishing structure in an area with current and we have home sweet home, no matter which predator. I’ve always considered the muskie a wise and sensible predator. After all, they can be very elusive, I’m not afraid to admit. I cannot imagine a muskie growing to large sizes by randomly chasing all over a lake wasting its energy in search of a meal. Natural selection has favored those who are efficient at finding food while expending the least amount of energy in the process. In these current areas we have the whole food chain being constantly replenished. In my world, I would certainly not drive all over town wasting time and energy if the gourmet pizza wagon was always parked in my driveway. I’m sure that a good many muskies utilize this same philosophy through natural adaptation. The right structure and cover with all the food you can eat spells fat city. The beneficial effect of wind and current can also be pronounced against land masses, such as points, half moon bays, or other objects that trap and break the current. As microscopic organisms and baitfish are moved along by these currents, they tend to collect in these areas, as the current is forced to break its direction. Predator fish will move in to feast on the disori- Drift Control