Another winter storm would be the last thing the state’s fishing industry needs. Many bait shops and resort owners say business was down this winter because it was simply too cold to be on the ice.
After the long, cold, snowy winter it would be hard to blame anyone for avoiding weekend chores and picking up a fishing pole, and that’s what thousands of eager Minnesota anglers did on Saturday. The annual trout fishing season got underway Saturday under cloudy, yet mild conditions.
It’s about a month before the fishing opener in Minnesota. But if you’re interested in stream trout fishing, that season opens Saturday. On Friday, the DNR added 1,000 rainbow trout to a river not too far from the Twin Cities. WCCO photojournalist Gordy Leach went to the Vermillion River to watch, and you can see his report in the video above.
The Fond du Lac Band of Chippewa has named 13 northeastern Minnesota lakes where members intend to exercise their treaty rights to spear walleyes this spring. The tribe worked with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to set quotas and select the lakes.
A contrite Minnesota angler has pleaded guilty and paid nearly $500 for violating Canadian fishing laws when he kept a potential world record lake trout that put him over his limit.
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.