TULSA, Okla. – Major League Fishing, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today that Minn Kota, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of electric trolling motors, as well as a complete line of shallow water anchors, battery chargers and marine accessories, has signed on as the Title Partner of the MLF Fisheries Management Division (FMD) Habitat Restoration Program. Minn Kota is part of Johnson Outdoors, a leading global outdoor recreation company that designs, manufactures and markets a portfolio of winning, consumer-preferred brands.
Minn Kota joins a long list of supporting partners, including Berkley Labs, Costa Sunglasses , Ferguson, SeaArk Boats, Mercury Marine and MossBack Fish Habitat, who were previously announced during an MLF FMD press conference held during the REDCREST 2022 Outdoor Sports Expo Presented by Costa.
“We are happy to join Major League Fishing in their commitment to fisheries enhancement through their Habitat Restoration Projects,” said Brad Henry, Minn Kota Brand Manager. “As the undisputed leader in trolling motors, Minn Kota has helped generations of anglers in their pursuit of bass and is proud to support this essential initiative to ensure the sport of bass fishing thrives for generations to come.”
The MLF Fisheries Management Division in partnership with Berkley Labs will host the Minn Kota Habitat Restoration Project supported by Mercury Marine and MossBack Fish Habitat on Wednesday, May 11th, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Duck River Reservoir, located at 419 County Road 1650 in Cullman, Alabama. Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit anglers Evan Barnes of Dardanelle, Arkansas , Greg Bohannon of Bentonville, Arkansas, Cal Lane of Guntersville, Alabama, Bill McDonald of Greenwood, Indiana and James Niggemeyer of Van, Texas will join volunteers from the Union Sportsman Alliance to construct 85 MossBack fish habitat structures, with anchoring materials donated by the Lowes in Cullman. The habitat structures will then be strategically deployed at various locations along the Duck River Reservoir.
The Cullman project is the second habitat restoration project for the Fisheries Management Division this year following a successful habitat build and deployment during the 2022 REDCREST Expo. Minn Kota will be the Title Partner of two additional Minn Kota Habitat Restoration Projects later this year.
“We’re excited to add Minn Kota to the MLF Fisheries Management Division’s group of active partners and are looking forward to their contributions continuing to increase our momentum moving forward,” said Steven Bardin, MLF FMD Fisheries Biologist. “The upcoming habitat build in Cullman will make massive strides towards promoting a healthy fishery on the 640-acre Duck River Reservoir, providing structure necessary for fish reproduction, foraging, growth and shelter.”
For more information on Minn Kota and their performance-driven products, visit www.minnkotamotors.com. For complete details and updated information on Major League Fishing, its tournaments and sponsors, and the MLF Fisheries Management Division, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow MLF’s social media outlets at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
About Johnson Outdoors
Johnson Outdoors is a family of core brands preferred by consumers for creating the best possible outdoor experiences, earning the company industry awards, customer loyalty, and above all, consumer trust through innovative, top-quality products. Built on the passion, ingenuity, and expertise of their employees, Johnson Outdoors values creativity and encourages innovation with a commitment to collaboration and teamwork.
Johnson Outdoors Fishing is comprised of the Minn Kota®, Humminbird® and Cannon ® brands. Minn Kota is the world’s leading manufacturer of electric trolling motors, as well as a complete line of shallow water anchors, battery chargers and marine accessories. Humminbird is a leading global innovator and manufacturer of marine electronics products including fish finders, multifunction displays, autopilots, ice flashers and premium cartography products. Cannon is the leader in controlled-depth fishing and includes a full line of downrigger products and accessories.
About MLF Fisheries Management Division:
Major League Fishing’s Fisheries Management Division in partnership with Berkley Labs is dedicated to improving the quality of life for bass through Research, Education, Fisheries Enhancement and Fish Care. Under the leadership of MLF, in collaboration with Hall of Fame bass angler Gary Klein and renowned fisheries biologist Steven Bardin, the Fisheries Management Division provides opportunities to engage in initiatives that extend the life of the sport of bass fishing. These initiatives include targeted research programs, providing fans, anglers and youth with access to educational materials that help them become better stewards of our fisheries resources, and collaborating with local and state agencies to improve habitat essential for bass to thrive. From maximizing the health of an individual fish post-catch to stocking juvenile fish into waterbodies, the MLF Fisheries Management Division is committed to the health of our bass populations.