The setting sun, a blazing ball of fire on the western horizon, told
me it was time to start thinking about fishing. But I would have known
it on a cloud-filled day. The schedule of fishing shows gives the secret
Sure, the temperature hovered in single digits Sunday morning and it
was not like a stroll on Biscayne Bay any time, nor any place, in Hoosierland
But the flyer on my desk headed, ”Galyan’s Fishing Expo” says this three-day
event for anglers will unfold January 31 and continue through February
1 and 2. It will happen at Galyan’s Store in the Castleton Mall on the
northeast side of Indianapolis.
The Galyan’s annual fishing/outdoor extravaganza more or less has opened
the season for such events in central Indiana for many years.
Greg Lorenz, manager of the fishing/hunting department at Galyan’s say
this year’s show will bring in some of the top names in fishing personalities,
not to mention great prices on brand names of gear and tackle.
Jimmy Houston, who probably has more fun than any other TV fishing show
host, will head up the list of anglers to be featured on the three days,
but Shaw Grigsby, one of bass tournament fishing’s most successful anglers,
also will be on hand.
For Hoosiers bent in the direction of walleye fishing there will be
Mike Gofron, winner of the 2001 Professional Walleye Tournament tour, and
Kim “Chief” Papineau, who owns 17 top-ten finishes on the In-Fisherman
Walleye Tournament Trail.
If your interest lies more in Hoosier angling, Wes Thomas and Shad Schenck,
two stalwarts of the Indiana Bass Chapter Federation’s invitationals and
classics, will be on hand. Jim Bagnoli, founding president of the Hoosier
Muskie Hunters, will be there to talk about the whys, and wherefores of
fishing for this species, which is relatively new to the state.
Actually, Indiana has offered some muskie fishing for many years, but
thanks to Bagnoli’s efforts, catching a muskie as long as one’s leg now
is more probable than possible.
Representatives of the Department of Natural Resources, and some of
the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s fisheries biologists also will be on
hand to answers questions on matters related to Indiana.
Hours for the show will be: January 31, 6 to 8 p.m.; February
1, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and February 2, noon to 5 p.m.
Lorenz says the first 250 kids arriving on Saturday and Sunday (February
1 and 2) will receive free fishing prize packs.
DEER HARVEST REPORT-- It is going
to be a week or two before biologists of the Division of Fish and Wildlife
(DFW) will have any indicators on how the deer harvest went in seasons
that ended January 5.
However, Dr. Jim Mitchell, deer biologist for the DFW, thinks the total
bag for all seasons will be about the same as the 2001-02 seasons, which
counted 103,163 deer, up four percent from the previous year.
Final reports from official deer-check stations were not all in as of
Monday [January 13], Mitchell said, adding that he expects to have all
reports in a few more days.
Although Mitchell thinks the total bag for seasons just past could be
about the same, he would not be mightily surprised if the figure was slightly
SUET FOR BIRDS--Beef
suet (the hard fat found around the kidneys of beef cattle) can be of great
value to birds in the harsh winter months, but making it available to all
species of birds can be a problem.
Making suet available to birds that feed at hanging feeders is no problem.
You simply hang a wire suet feeder and the birds will find and use it extensively.
Many species use my suet feeder which hangs under the protection of small
trees only 10 feet from my back door.
It would be difficult to count the species that use my suet feeder,
but they include all of our winter woodpeckers--including beautiful pairs
(yaller hammers to county boys).
The big problem I faced was how to make suet available to birds at my
ground-feeding stations. I tried putting it out in sizeable chunks and
it always disappeared. But I feared my best customers were squirrels and
Why not freeze it, I thought, to make the suet even more brittle, then
shave it thinly on a cutting board to make it crumble. This could be stirred
into the cans of sunflower seed and whole grain corn and spread among leaves
where my bird customers dine beneath a 15 by 25-foot hedge that is hawk