Percy Priest Report 2/12/17

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The bite on priest has gotten a little slower but the fish are still biting if your willing to spend a little time locating schools that will bite. Yesterday they were in 8 foot of water or less and even then the fish made you work hard for them. The fish out in deeper water were simply suspended and not willing to eat a bait. The Viverett creek area was the best location that could be found yesterday.

Normandy Lake 2/12/17

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Well Normandy Lake is still my nemesis. The lake was more than a little choppy in yesterdays wind and the weather could not make up its mind about rain. We did manage to scratch out a limit of fish but it was only because we were versatile. The water temps in the main channel were 50.1 and in carol creek it was a bit warmer at 50.7. Fish we holding over deep water, as in 30-50 feet, at about 15 foot deep on the Lowrance . The fish all came on Kalins triple threat grubs presented vertically right into the school.

Bill H.R. 861 An attack on the environment.

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I don’t care what your political affiliation currently is, this bill is an outright attack on the environment that outdoors people love so much.

This bill was sponsored by Matt Gaetz (r), https://gaetz.house.gov  , of Florida. The EPA, much like the IRS, has a purpose and could use close scrutiny but does not need to be abolished. The good can out weigh the bad in the EPA. The clean water act is one of the things this bill will eliminate. The clean water act or US water Rule is one thing that has been refined, redefined, and adjusted to better the lives of everyone in America.

I encourage everyone to reach out to their political representatives and pose strong opposition to this bill. This bill, much like the withdrawn H.R. 621 will ruin decades of work by sportsman and sportsman’s groups.

How can America be great again when we eliminate the only thing that keeps big business from polluting our natural resources?

Percy Priest 2/5/17

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The lake is still in good shape. If we can avoid 42 inches of rain, soon we will be in prime crappie season. Today the water was stained but not muddy at all. Water temps in the main lake were 47.1 and 49.3 in the creek channel.

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We trolled with Driftmaster trolling rigs, Mr crappie 12 foot crappie rods and Kalins triple threat grubs. The morning started out slow but quickly picked up when the sun came out. Fish were holding tight to the drop off into the channel in 10-12 feet of water. They would not move much to take a bait so you had to put it right in their face.

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We took a lunch break and decided to check out Hoppys Grill in the fate sanders marina. I must say they have really made this place nice and the food was great!

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The day ended with 20 crappies, a few hybrids, and several largemouth.

HR 621 Officially withdrawn

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HR 621 is a bill that would have allowed the sale of over 3 million acres of public land. This land was identified as disposable by the Clinton administration. The bill was sponsored by Jason Chaffetz, a republican from Utah.

These lands were small parcels in 10 western states. When sportsman and women found out that all these small plots equaled an area the size of Connecticut they began putting pressure on their legislators. Because of this pressure HR 621 was withdrawn yesterday. The following is a quote off Representative Chaffetz’s twitter account.

“I am withdrawing HR 621. I’m a proud gun owner, hunter and love our public lands,” wrote Chaffetz. “The bill would have disposed of small parcels of lands Pres. Clinton identified as serving no public purpose but groups I support and care about fear it sends the wrong message. The bill was originally introduced several years ago. I look forward to working with you. I hear you and HR 621 dies tomorrow.”