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Meeting is 7 p.m., March 5
at Wyoming Game and Fish in Casper

Our meetings are the first Thursday
of the month

It's Banquet time again. That means this month's club meeting is at the Parkway Plaza, after which we will proceed en masse to the kitchens and skin the fish fillets. The record for skinning over 500 pounds of walleye fillets is about 48 minutes. We need a good turnout for this to share the load.

The meeting itself will be held in the Senate Room, walk past the reception desk and turn right, first room on the right. Your mileage may vary.

We need all the banquet tickets turned in now. We would like to know if any tickets are unsold so we can handle the last minute requests. At least call one of the officers below to tell us how many tickets, if any, are unsold. Nelico has donated a 2000 watt generator for the banquet. If you're in the neighborhood, stop by and say thanks.

For those who sold or have 8 friends or family and all want to sit together at the banquet, come to the hat table and get a reserved table sign. Those who bought a gold, silver, or bronze table will already have their tables reserved.

At each meeting we draw from the entire membership and if that member is present, they win a $100 gift certificate to Sportsman's Warehouse. Each month we add $10 if there is no winner. Last month's winning loser was Brian Land. I believe we are up to $160 for this month's meeting.

Wyoming Game and Fish biologist Paul Gerrity has finished up his Glendo walleye mortality study. That was where he tagged 1000 walleyes and asked fishermen to return the tags for a reward so they could try to determine catch rates. They were going to give a presentation of the results of that study at this months meeting. It has been postponed to the April meeting.

There will be some changes for this years Toughman Tournament. The new owners of the Alcova Marina have offered us the use of the marina's facilities for the tournament. Camping will be allowed in the parking lot with food and bait being available during and after the tournament. There will be a 100 percent payback of the entry fees for the Toughman as this is a membership drive and not a fund raiser.


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Calendar of events

March 7th, 2009 -- 6th Annual North Platte Walleyes Unlimited Banquet.

April 25th Toughman Tournament at Alcova. Membership drive
June 6th Game and Fish Kids Fishing Day at Harry Yesness pond. Volunteers needed
June 13th NPWU family outing at Glendo Reservoir. Meet at Two Moon Shelter
July 18th NPWU family outing at Pathfinder Reservoir.

March is National Noodle Month
March 1st is National Pig Day
March 8th is Buzzard Day...save money, buy two.
March 23rd is Toast Day
March 28th is Something on a Stick Day


Fishing reports

Walleye first found their way into Alcova Reservoir in 1984 and 1985 when Pathfinder Reservoir (which had an established walleye population) spilled. The population remained steady to slightly decreasing through the year 2000. During this time, natural reproduction was very low, which kept the walleye population low. As a result, the reservoir received little attention from walleye anglers. Starting in 2000, biologists started catching more and more young walleye in annual samples, indicating reproduction was on the rise.

This trend has continued through 2007. When Alcova is compared with other walleye reservoirs, it is similar in terms of numbers and is a little better in terms of average size. For instance, walleye abundance (measured as the average number of walleye caught per gillnet per hour) is statistically similar to Seminoe, Pathfinder, Boysen and Keyhole Reservoirs.

In terms of size, Alcova had the second highest percentage of fish 20 inches or larger and the highest percentage of fish greater than 25 inches. In fact, the percentage of fish greater than 20 inches in Alcova is nearly 4 times higher than Glendo.

So the next time you are hooking up your boat, consider giving Alcova a try for walleye. There will be a lot of 13-18 inch fish available this year, as well as the chance for a 10 pound fish.

From the Wyoming Game and Fish angler newsletter:

Area lakes are still ice covered. On March 1st the ice on Alcova was 8 inches thick at Okie beach but some areas of the lake had open water. Open water areas are showing up at various areas of Glendo so it won't be long before we can put our boats back on the lakes.

As of last week the snow pack at the headwaters of the North Platte drainage was reported at 122 percent of normal. This bodes well for area lakes. It was reported by John Green that walleyes are being caught at the confluence of the North Platte river and Garden Creek. This was taken over the phone so can't confirm if this was said with a straight face.

Another report was that the best bait for fertilizer fish at Alcova is minnows and the fishing is still good if you can find safe ice. I doubt if the ice will stay safe for many more days if the weather stays warm and windy.


Notable quotes and space fillers

Some folks are wise and some are otherwise - Tobias Smollett

Every man has his follies - and often they are the most interesting thing he has got. - Josh Billings

Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one. - Thomas Paine


These businesses support us

Here is the list of Donors and Sponsors of our 2008 Banquet. Drop by and say thanks!
BUFFALO CREEK CLOTHING
BIG WYOMING
WALGREENS
CHATTERS BAR
SILVER FOX LOUNGE & RESTAURANT
WALLEYE DIRECT
WOODY G’S GALLERY AND FRAME SHOP
DAVID KARST
WHITE’S MARINE CENTER
SPORTMAN’S WAREHOUSE
DAVE’S DARTS AND BILLIARDS
BAR D SIGNS
VIVI K. CRANDALL
MAX LURES
ROCKY MOUNTAIN DISCOUNT SPORTS
COLISEUM MOTORS
KEN MAYER-COUNTRY WIDE HOME LOANS
PLAINS TIRES
WALKERS BAIT SHOP
THE LIQUOR SHED
LUBE EXPRESS
TAYLOR SPORTS AND SPIRITS
KEVIN REINHART
COMPRESSION LEASING SERVICES
TERRY DOUGHTY
HILLTOP NATIONAL BANK
WHITE’S MOUNTAIN MOTORS
BILLY BRENTON
USA TRUCKING
LOWRANCE ELECTRONICS
MINNKOTA
WILSON SUPPLY COMPANY
OVERHEAD DOOR COMPANY
WYOMING BUILDERS SUPPLY
BIG WYOMING GMC
CASPER WELL PRODUCTS
RICK MCLAUGHLIN
MCKENDREE TRUCKING INC.
ANDREEN HUNT CONSTRUCTION
BUNDY’S MARINE
BOB BERNARDIS
POPLAR WINE AND SPIRITS
JOHN MAROHN
JW KINDER
COWBOY COUNTRY OUTFITTERS
HONNEN EQUIPMENT
SHOREMASTER DOCKS
STENCO SUPPLY
GHOST TOWN CANVAS
JEFF SVEJKOVSKY
R M & R CONSTRUCTION
MC ENTERPRISES
COATES CONSTRUCTION
JOHN GREEN
A-1 TIRES
M. TODD TALBERT
OVERMAN REALTY LLC
BRIAN WOODWARD
RICK’S ROCKS
PLATTE RIVER BUILDERS
SCOTT’S HOTSHOT SERVICE
LATHROP EQUIPMENT CO.
PARKWAY PLAZA
KNIFE RIVER CORP.
SCENIC CONSTRUCTION
CLUB CRASHERS


Recipes

Walleye Cakes with Horseradish and Sour-Cream Sauce by Brenda Langton*

These cakes are every bit the equal of the finest crab cake, perhaps, even more distinctive. This is a particularly fine way to use frozen walleye.

Ingredients

1 1/2 lbs. fresh walleye, cleaned and deboned
1 1/4 c. mashed, cooked potatoes
2 eggs, beaten
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. fresh pepper
1 bunch green onions, minced
1/4 tsp. ground cardamom
1 1/2 tsp. grated orange peel
1 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
flour or cornmeal for rolling cakes
4 tbsp. vegetable oil

Grind the walleye in a food processor or grinder. Cook and mash potatoes. Set aside and cool. In a bowl, mix together all remaining ingredients except vegetable oil. Add walleye and potatoes to mixture, shape into 2-inch patties, and dust the patties in flour or cornmeal. Heat vegetable oil in a sauté pan until hot. Sauté cakes until golden brown on both sides. They should be firm but not overcooked--about 3 minutes on each side.


HORSERADISH-SOUR CREAM SAUCE

3/4 c. sour cream or yogurt
1 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
2 tbsp. freshly grated horseradish (or 1 tbsp. prepared horseradish)
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. chopped fresh dill (optional)
1/4 c. milk

Combine all the ingredients and mix well.

* Brenda Langton owns Cafe Brenda, Minneapolis-St. Paul's most distinctive restaurant specia-lizing in vegetarian and fish dishes. Stop in and say hello at 300 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, MN 55401. From in-fisherman.com


On the lighter side

And then the fight started......

My wife was hinting about what she wanted for our upcoming anniversary. She said, 'I want something shiny that goes from 0 to 150 in about 3 seconds.' I bought her a scale. And then the fight started...

I asked my wife, "Where do you want to go for our anniversary?" It warmed my heart to see her face melt in sweet appreciation. "Somewhere I haven't been in a long time!" she said. So I suggested, "How about the kitchen?" And that's when the fight started....

My wife and I were sitting at a table at my high school reunion, and I kept staring at a drunken lady swigging her drink as she sat alone at a nearby table. My wife asked, 'Do you know her?' 'Yes,' I sighed, 'She's my old girlfriend. I understand she took to drinking right after we split up those many years ago, and I hear she hasn't been sober since.' 'My God!' said my wife, 'who would think a person could go on celebrating that long?' And then the fight started...

My wife sat down on the couch next to me as I was flipping channels. She asked, 'What's on TV?' I said, 'Dust.' And then the fight started...


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