The Fond du Lac Band of Chippewa says it plans to exercise its treaty rights for the first time to spear walleyes on northeastern Minnesota lakes this spring. Secretary-Treasurer Ferdinand Martineau Jr. says the tribe is working with the state to determine which lakes and set harvest quotas.
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A fishing event held Saturday in Wisconsin had a very fitting name. It’s the annual “Freeze Your Butt Off” tournament in Hager City, the first open water tournament of the year.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is marking the 20th anniversary of its Becoming an Outdoors Woman program this year. The DNR has just released its 2014 catalog of events for the program, which offers a wide range of hands-on learning opportunities for women and their families who want to learn how to hunt, fish or develop other outdoor skills.
Fisheries officials say walleye anglers on Mille Lacs Lake will likely see regulations similar to last year despite its struggling walleye population. The Department of Natural Resources says the safe harvest level has been set at 60,000 pounds for the upcoming season.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wants to make it easier for people to find a place to go hiking or hunting. So on Friday, the DNR rolled out a mobile map called the “Recreation Compass,” and it’s available for download on both phones and tablets.
It may be bitterly cold outside, but fans of the outdoors can start dreaming of summer at the 44th annual Minnesota Sportsmen’s Show. The event opens Thursday, Jan. 9, and runs through Sunday, Jan. 12, at the St. Paul RiverCentre.
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It’s the perfect time of year to get outdoors — whether it’s hunting, fishing, or just taking in the fall colors. But if not for a pilot program in some Minneapolis high schools, a group of teenagers might not have ever had the chance to experience it all.
Experts say climate change threats Minnesota’s fisheries, including North Shore trout streams and walleye lakes such as Mille Lacs. They spoke as the National Wildlife Federation released a national study on freshwater fish in a warming world.
Lake Mille Lacs has been known for decades as a Minnesota summer hotspot. But this year, businesses around the lake are saying it’s been one of their worst summers ever. It’s gotten so bad that a popular restaurant with a 90-year history is shutting its doors.
With the Fourth of July just a week away, WCCO viewers picked out Minnesota’s Best Campground. And the Boundary Waters came out on top. After 30 minutes of paddling in search of the campsite, it’s obvious that camping in the BWCA is a little different than at other campgrounds.
Minnesota state parks are great places for beginning anglers to try a hand at catching fish.
Ask anglers where minnows come from and they’ll likely say the bait store. But odds are the bait in your bucket went through Ron Meuwissen’s pole barn. “They’re gonna work hard or die trying,” Meuwissen said. “That’s what they say in the bait store.” Ron’s dad started Ken’s Bait Service back in 1950. It’s been supplying bait stores ever since.
Ron Schara and Dave Lee talked about Saturday’s State Fishing Opener on the WCCO Morning News.