CAMP RIPLEY—The ninth annual Trolling for the Troops event took place at Camp Ripley, south of Brainerd, on Friday, June 7. More than 50 volunteer fishing hosts towed their boats from as far away as central Missouri to share a day on the water with Minnesota veterans and active military personnel. A fleet of big, deep-V boats headed to Mille Lacs Lake, while smaller, shallow-draft jet boats explored the stretch of the upper Mississippi River near the base. Each boat accommodated two veterans or military members.
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. — The ninth annual Trolling for the Troops event was held at Camp Ripley, south of Brainerd, on June 7. More than 50 volunteer fishing hosts towed their boats from as far away as central Missouri to share a day on the water with Minnesota veterans and active military personnel. A fleet of big, deep-V boats headed to Mille Lacs Lake, while smaller, shallow-draft jet boats explored the stretch of the upper Mississippi River near the base. Each boat accommodated two veterans or military members.
ALBERT LEA, Minn. — At the celebratory dinner for the 2019 Governor’s Fishing Opener, Gov. Tim Walz announced that next year’s event will be held May 7-10 in Otter Tail County. Thumper Pond Resort near Otter Tail Lake will serve as event headquarters. "Otter Tail County offers terrific fishing," Gov. Walz said. "I'm excited to kick off the summer fishing season in central Minnesota and I can't wait to get out on the lake."
ALBERT LEA, Minn. — Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan and Gov. Tim Walz kicked off the 2019 summer fishing season at Fountain Lake. The 72nd annual Governor’s Fishing Opener served as a celebration of the host community, Minnesota tourism and the state’s bountiful fisheries. “We know that one out of every three Minnesotans has gone fishing in their lifetime,” Flanagan said on Saturday morning. “That makes it second for angling in the entire country (behind Alaska). We are doing our best to make sure that we are first.
ALBERT LEA, Minn. -- On Saturday, May 11, the focus on Fountain Lake will be the Governor’s Fishing Opener. But on Friday, the lake belonged to kids. “Who knows what kind of fish that is,” Brandon Eder asked a group of area fifth graders as he pointed to black crappie swimming in an acrylic aquarium. Several hands shot up and the students began to chatter about the various fish species they have caught.
Fishing tournaments have long served as a leading source of innovation in fishing tackle and techniques. The design of tools ranging from boats and motors to rods and reels has been heavily influenced by the needs of tournament anglers pursuing bass, walleyes, muskies and other freshwater species. It’s likely, though, that ice-fishing tournaments have had a deeper impact on the gear and techniques used to catch sunfish, crappies and perch.
Dark houses, fish houses and portables must be off the ice no later than midnight for each of the dates given in the following categories below. County sheriffs may prohibit or restrict the use of motorized vehicles if dangerous ice conditions are present. Border waters Minnesota–Iowa: Feb. 20 Minnesota–Wisconsin: March 1 Minnesota–North and South Dakota: March 5 Minnesota–Canada: March 31 Inland waters Dates of removal are determined by an east-west line formed by U.S. Hwy. 10, east along Hwy. 34 to Minnesota Hwy.
MILLE LACS LAKE, Minn. -- “There’s one,” Christian Hoffman said as he set the hook, “and it feels like a good-sized fish.” The evidence seemed to support his claim. The ultralight rod Hoffman held was arced into a nearly impossible bend, and the reel’s drag whined as it gave up line. After a few powerful runs that looked to test Hoffman’s equipment to the limit, he kneeled down, reached into the hole and pulled up a trophy smallmouth bass. “Now that’s a good way to start the day,” Hoffman said. After a quick photo, the fish was sent back down the hole.
ST. PAUL — “This fly is a Bob Mitchell guide exclusive,” guide Evan Griggs said as wound materials around the shank of the #16 nymph hook locked in his vise. “There’s not much to it, but on many winter days it’s the only fly you need to catch trout.” Griggs, of Fridley, recently began his ninth year as a guide, but has been fly fishing for 18 years and tying flies for 12. “I guided on the Bighorn River in Montana straight out of high school,” Griggs said, “but missed the spring creeks and warm-water rivers of my home state.”
SANDSTONE, Minn. -- Hundreds of climbers from across the country attended the 14th annual Sandstone Ice Fest, Jan. 4-6 at Robinson Park. Some were there to learn the basics, others to advance their skills and some just to connect or reconnect with like-minded enthusiasts. But everyone was there to have fun.