The regular membership of the Snake River Bassmasters, Inc., was called to order by president Bill Kriner at 7:10 P.M. at The Deer Flat Refuge Visitor's Center.  There were 8 club members present.



§         No meeting minutes (Steve is a slacker).



§         No Treasury Report; no changes from Dec..




COMMITTEE REPORTS:       President Kriner asked for committee reports:





§         SRB needs a conservation director is anyone wants to volunteer.

§         Let Us Recreate -Lake Lowell stickers are available for $8.00 each; proceeds go towards helping the fight to keep bass fishing at Lake Lowell.  SRB had 10 of these; one has sold, nine left.

§         We need to schedule trash pickups at Lake Lowell around the other trash pickups so that we don't double up.  Other groups pickup in April and September.


IDAHO BASS FEDERATION: Tom Horrace gave the following Federation report:

§         Idaho Sportsman Show-looking at only doing casting events on Saturday and Sunday to maximize our help, but man the booth all four days.  Clubs will split up running the casting sessions. Looking at setting up a fake pond with fish to cast to and no sign-up for the kids. We need to build a platform for the kids to stand on and cast from.  We are looking at doing a couple kid's fishing classes on Saturday and Sunday instead of adult fishing seminars; possibly some of the FFF classes.

§         USFW is now starting the same CCP process on Walcott; again people need to make sure and attend their meetings and give USFW lots of feedback on when we want them to do.

§         A motion was made and passed to spend time and money updating the TIBF release boat before next year's divisional qualifier instead of doing another Cascade structure plant.  Needs old decals removed, rails repaired, deck repaired, console repaired, new carpet or surface installed, new decals installed.  Probably decals: TBF logo, The Idaho Bass Federation Conservation Boat, sponsor logo for ant sponsor donating money or material for repairing the boat.

§         2012 Northwest Divisional planning-Mountain Home is location for 2012 NW Divisional tournament on May 6-11, 2012.  This date is confirmed. Tournament launch from the Air Base Ramp.  

§         2012 TIBF Banquet Planning-Feb. 18, same time, location, menu and price.  Major raffle prize is going to be a HumminBird 998SI; list price $1995.  We also have MinnKota 80# Maxum and 80# Fortrex trolling motors to raffle off. 

TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR: Tournament director Jim Thornock reported:

§         The June 16 Brownlee tournament will be out of Spring Ramp in Oregon; boundary waters, so no OR license or Invasive Species permit needed.  The September Brownlee tournament will move to Sept. 15 to space out tournaments a little and stay on Woodhead Ramp.

§         Oxbow / Hells Canyon is one 2-day tournament.  We will vote on the Oxbow / Hells Canyon off-limits at the weigh-in at one of the early tournaments.

§         There is a possibility of a fun tournament on Dworshak on Labor Day weekend; IBM schedules a tournament there each year and is willing to share a permit.

§         There was a discussion on looking for new waters to fish or fishing existing waters at different times of year.  Also discussed was holding a couple meetings at tournament weigh-ins so that more people can attend.


YOUTH: Youth Director Jason Bousquet reported:

§         SRB Youth Open is scheduled for July 7, 2012 on Cascade Reservoir; possibility of Lady Bass Open of club fun tournament on Sunday July 8.

§         Jason is trying to get Buffalo Wild Wings to cater the youth open.

§         Cabela's has a new PR person; Jason will contact him about donations for Youth Open.  He would like them to come to the tournament and give stuff away; this will get them more involved.  Jason also requests that club members donate unused tackle for the youth tournament.

§         Discussed various options for a youth fishing option.  Without a viable number of kids wanting to fish a youth program, it is hard to set something up.  We will continue with the current plan for now.  Kids can fish as a full team member; kids can fish with a team as a third member, with the team limit still being 5 fish.


CLASSIC / HAN: Directors Steve Day reported:

§         HSN tournament scheduled for August 4, 2012 on C.J. Strike; looking at Air Force Ramp.  The permits are applied for.



§         The Christmas items for the needy family were given to Love Inc.

§         Everyone needs to remember to bring a can of food or a dollar to each meeting for the Needy Family program. Tom will collect the money / food.

§         We need to decide whether or not to hold a Lady Bass Open on Cascade the day after the Youth Open.



§         Still waiting to see what happens at Lake Lowell to determine whether we continue the trash pickups.

§         Discussions for 2012 tournaments:

            - Stay with the team format.

            - Entry & Options: $20 per team entry, $10 Big Fish,  $10, $20 and $40 weight options for a total of             $100 per team for everything.  Payout $15 of the $20 entry fee and retain $5 for yearend awards and             Snow Bowl entry.

            - Give out tournament plaques to 3 places, pay out options and entry for 1 place per 5 boats.



§         A discussion was held on tournament scheduling for the future.  New bodies of water to look at: Bully Creek, Anderson Ranch, Arrowrock, Lucky Peak, Mann's Creek, Unity Reservoir, Swan Falls and Walcott.

§         A discussion on going to individual points for team members.  Tom is going to write up something about this for future discussion. 


There being no more business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.  The next meeting would be on Feb. 6 at the Visitor's Center at Lake Lowell. 


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