IMPORTANT INFORMATION – Proposed Proposition 65 Settlement for Soft Plastic Baits

There is a hard deadline of April 17, 2019 to “opt-in” to the settlement.

This may not be on your radar, but it needs to be.

ASA, working with California-based attorneys, has negotiated a settlement of potential Proposition 65 claims that could be made based on California sales of soft baits containing certain chemicals.

The proposed settlement was negotiated by ASA and Kingpun Cheng (Cheng), the plaintiff in a previous settlement between a Prop 65 enforcer and several companies that sold fishing lures in Cheng v. Zoom Bait.

According to the Memorandum of Understanding between ASA and Cheng, “Fishing Lures” means the category of bait composed in whole or part of soft plastic substrate and intended for fishing.

Click here for all the details.

Historic Lands Package Ready for President’s Signature

With a vote of 363-62, on February 26, 2019, the Natural Resources Management Act was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. Having previously been passed by the Senate, the bill now heads to the President’s desk for his signature.

Comprised of more than 100 locally and regionally specific public lands bills, the package contains defining wins for recreational fishing and the entire outdoor recreation community. Of particular importance to ASA are the permanent reauthorizations of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act, the Every Kid Outdoors Act, the Sportsmen’s Access to Federal Land subtitle and the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Act.

Thank you to all our members and their employees, families and friends for sending emails and letters to your Members of Congress through Keep America Fishing. Your participation made a difference.

Get Ready for ICAST 2019

Now is the time to register for your badges and make your housing arrangements for ICAST 2019. Delaying may mean you may not get rooms at the hotels closest to the convention center. It’s one more thing to take off your “to do” list.

If you are an exhibitor, please make sure you or someone on your booth team has checked out your company’s MapYourShow exhibitor dashboard. Literally everything you need to manage your booth and show experience is there.

ASA March Board of Directors Meeting

The next ASA board of directors meeting will be held March 14, from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Knoxville Convention Center in Knoxville, Tenn. in conjunction with the Bassmaster Classic. The Trade Show committee will meet after the board of directors meeting.

ASA Supports the 2019 American Boating Congress

On May 13-15, 2019 in Washington D.C., ASA will join a broad group of co-hosts to support the American Boating Congress (ABC). Numerous industry organizations have agreed to co-host ABC, joining the rallying-cry to strengthen the collective advocacy impact for recreational boating and fishing.

As a co-host, ASA is committed to growing the industry through public policy advocacy. And we cordially invite you to join us. It’s your opportunity to build and strengthen relationships that lead to a brighter future for the recreational boating and fishing industry.

  • What: The 2019 American Boating Congress
  • Where: Washington, D.C.
  • When: Monday, May 13, 2019 – Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Click here to register now. For more information about the ABC Congress, please click here.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Laura Crisler at