Brian S. Peterson
WASKISH - It's like something out of Upper Red's storied fishing past. Before the return of the walleyes, of course. The cover of Northland Outdoors' summer magazine, due out this week, shows a slew of nice-sized, nicely-arranged crappies. Those slabs didn't come from Upper Red Lake. But 10 years ago, and for years before that, such hauls were a common sight on the waters off Waskish, Minn. Piles and piles of crappies, and mostly of the slab variety.
LAKE SHORE - In these circles, it was akin to the Charlie Brown Christmas trees. But no other boat here may better represent the spirit of the 40th Antique & Classic Boat Show than the little wooden boat with no name. Most all of the 130 boats here, at the sprawling docks at Bar Harbor Supper Club on Gull Lake for classic boating's marquee annual event, were of the awe-inspiring variety.
I want to buy a drone. The price may end up deterring me. And drones can fly in the face of outdoors enjoyment - peace and quiet, being one with nature and that sort of thing, with ducks and geese and the like the only real admissible air traffic. But, used responsibly, camera - and video-toting drones and technology as a whole - can provide a unique vantage point, a perspective many of us rarely have seen before. The Northland Outdoors perspective. That - serving up all things outdoors while embracing the new-wave world - is a goal of Forum Communications' new Northland Outdoors Network.
NISSWA — By moonlight or by sunshine, it didn’t seem to matter. Gov. Mark Dayton had nary a bite in two outings Saturday in the 2014 Governor’s Fishing Opener on Gull Lake. But that there was sunshine for the second part of Dayton’s fishing marathon made up for a lack of fish. Add guide Ray Gildow’s brand of sunshine to the mix and it was good day.
The recovering walleye population on Lake Mille Lacs might get protection from a couple of unlikely fellow Mille Lacs inhabitants this opening weekend and through the 2014 open-water season.
It wasn’t that long ago that the only walleye news out of Leech Lake and Upper Red Lake was bad news. No longer. According to the DNR, test netting results on Leech show a strong walleye population as the Cass County lake continues to rebound from walleye-fishing lows of the early to mid-2000s. And on Upper Red, the DNR announced that its winter fishing regulations will include a significantly wider slot limit. Upper Red also is on the rebound after being closed to walleye fishing through the early and mid-2000s while the population was being re-established.
It’s safe to say that there was more disappointment than celebration on the Minnesota wolf hunt front on Wednesday. That’s when lottery results were announced for the first-ever hunt. And with more than 23,000 applicants for 6,000 licenses, nearly three out of four missed out on the chance to participate in this historic hunt.
You don’t need to be one of the anglers who frequent the many fishing holes off Green’s Point, or a waterfowl hunter who for years has been drawn to this stretch of the Mississippi River this time of year. Nor must you be a “ricer” in this wild-ricing haven to know the value of this land. Then again, because of all that, it’s difficult to put a price on this property.
They’re regarded as the top two walleye fisheries in the state, Lake of the Woods and Lake Mille Lacs. A recent AIM tournament and now the Minnesota Tournament Trail Championship would indicate that Lake of the Woods is an unequivocal No. 1, both in the number of walleyes and the number of trophy fish. A pair of Lake Mille Lacs anglers probably wouldn’t disagree.
It was dark and quiet, not unlike hunting at dawn or dusk. And, as with most archery hunts, there was the waiting game, too. Payton Johnston, 8, of Brainerd was a bit anxious at first. But after a little coaching by his father, Jeremy, he settled in and, after a dozen or so arrows, was making the occasional kill shot, his dad figured. Trophy elk and bighorn sheep and the like. They were all there for the taking on the outskirts of Brainerd. Huh?