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Sportsmen & ‘Lumberjills’ Galore At The Northwest Sportshow

It’s the time of year when everyone is thinking about getting outdoors. And to help you get ready for the summer fun, this weekend is the 83rd Northwest Sportshow. It features deals on boats, RVs, ATVs, fishing and hunting gear.

18 hours ago

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Dayton Calls For Felony-Level Penalties Against Poachers

Gov. Mark Dayton wants to crack down on poachers with tougher criminal penalties and longer license revocations. The governor on Friday proposed a new felony-level penalty for poaching, and revoking game-and-fish privileges for up to 10 years. Current law only goes up to a gross misdemeanor penalty for poaching, and license revocations of up to only five years.

03/27/2015

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State Parks Await Spring-Time Visitors

As the last drops of maple syrup are collected from Fort Snelling State Park, it can mean only one thing — the sights and sounds of spring are coming back. Brent Wennberg has been enjoying Minnesota’s state parks since he was 2.

03/20/2015

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Feds Move To Stop Fishing Crimes By Tracking Seafood Imports

In an effort to eradicate illegal fishing and seafood fraud, the Obama Administration is launching a fish tracking system that would eventually tell consumers where their fish was caught, processed and stored.

03/17/2015

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3 Minnesota Men Fined $3,750 For Ontario Fishing Flub

Three Minnesota men fishing in Ontario were fined $1,250 each for possessing more fish than allowed.

03/16/2015

Ice Fishing

Minnesota 2014 Fish And Game Licenses Expire Saturday

Minnesota authorities remind anglers that their 2014 fish, game and trapping licenses expire Saturday. While some hunting and fishing seasons continue past Saturday, the Department of Natural Resources says new licenses are required.

02/24/2015

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Group Loses Court Battle With DNR Over Mille Lacs Restrictions

A group suing the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources over tighter fishing restrictions on Lake Mille Lacs lost their battle in court Tuesday. A judge ruled that the DNR’s decision to impose an emergency night fishing ban, and tighter walleye limits, is valid.

02/17/2015

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Conservation Officers To Ice Anglers: Pick Up Your Trash

The officers who enforce Minnesota’s fish and game rules have an order for ice anglers: Pick up your trash. Conservation officer Bret Grundmeier of Hinckley spends hours each season encouraging anglers to clean up after themselves. He says it’s disappointing to find so much trash left behind.

02/13/2015

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Kids Learn Ice Fishing On Lake Harriet

A new generation of kids were introduced to the sport of ice fishing Saturday on Lake Harriet in Minneapolis. Along with learning how to bait the hook, the kids got to use sonar cameras and other gadgets to track the fish under the ice.

01/24/2015

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Sturgeon Numbers Recovers In Lake of the Woods, Rainy River

A recent population study highlights the slow, steady recovery of lake sturgeon in Lake of the Woods and the Rainy River. Fisheries managers say it’s a success story that someday will allow anglers the realistic expectation of catching 100-pound sturgeon, thanks to cleaner water, effective fishing regulations and vigilant enforcement.

01/15/2015

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Mike And Natalie Get Hooked On Ice Fishing

It’s cold outside. But, that means ice fishing season is heating up! It’s one of the most popular sports in the state, and many look forward to the time of year when the ice is thick enough for it.

01/10/2015

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Pike, Catfish Spearing Allowed On SD/MN Lakes Until Feb. 22

Anglers can spear northern pike and catfish on all lakes along the South Dakota and Minnesota border until the end of February. A valid South Dakota fishing license and a game fish spearing and archery permit is required.

01/06/2015

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Nothing Fishy About This Record-Threatening New Year’s Catch

The story may sound a little fishy. OK, actually it sounds incredibly fishy, but in the good way. The potentially record-breaking way. Will Spychalla and Carlyn Salmela caught a monster sturgeon in the St. Croix river on New Year’s Day.

01/02/2015

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Man Fined, Loses Boat After Reeling In 40 Fish

An out-of-state angler lost his boat for reeling in too many fish, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Officials say they caught 54-year-old Charles Siegerdt fish fillets well over the limit — 21 bass (42 fillets) and 19 northern pike (38 fillets) — at an Itasca County resort.

12/22/2014

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Mining, Wetlands On Agenda For 2015 Legislature

One of the top environmental issues in the legislative session that opens in January could be how best to protect Minnesota’s wetlands. The GOP takeover of the Minnesota House has changed the landscape for the environment and natural resources at the Capitol. Republican leaders have given a strong signal of their priorities by restructuring the committees that will deal with those issues.

12/06/2014

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Ice Fishing Season Starts Early In Twin Cities

While it may not be safe for driving, the ice formation is generally ahead of schedule. And if you ask Joe Harty, bait shop owner and 47-year Medicine Lake fisher, it’s been a long time since it’s been ready this early.

11/29/2014

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Mille Lacs Anglers, Resorts Take DNR To Court

Frustrated with tighter fishing restrictions on Lake Mille Lacs, resorters and sport fishing groups had their day in court. They’re suing the Department of Natural Resources for ignoring a constitutional amendment.

11/20/2014

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Westonka Program Aims To Make Minnetonka A Better Walleye Destination

The boating season has pretty much ended on Lake Minnetonka, but to one group of anglers what they did Friday will pay off next summer. They’re with the Westonka Walleye Program, a private effort to improve walleye fishing close to home.

10/31/2014

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PARK RAPIDS PODCAST-The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee

Highlights from Dave Lee’s visit to Park Rapids….click the link above to listen!

08/12/2014

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‘U’ Of M Fisherman Help Put College Fishing On The Map

Normally the Gophers’ biggest national success comes on frozen water, but a pair of University of Minnesota students recently had a big win out on the lake, bass fishing. So WCCO’s David McCoy went out on the water to hear all about it.

08/04/2014

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Guide To Yellowstone National Park

Refer to this visitor’s guide to Yellowstone National Park – the world’s first national park featuring more geysers than any other location in the world.

07/31/2014

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Escape To The Poconos

Every couple should make plans at least once in their relationship to experience the romance of the Poconos. This area offers couples plenty of things to do, both in their room and out of it.

07/29/2014

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Businesses Around Lake Mille Lacs Hope Night Fishing Reels In Customers

One of Minnesota’s most popular fishing destinations is missing its fishermen. The DNR says June was very slow on Lake Mille Lacs, with anglers spending half the time fishing that they did the previous year.

07/20/2014

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DNR To Life Ban On Night Fishing At Mille Lacs Lake

Night fishing is returning to one of Minnesota’s most popular lakes. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will lift the ban on fishing at night on Mille Lacs Lake next Monday.

07/15/2014

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Wis. Anglers Caught Way Over The Limit In ND

Five Wisconsin men face significant fines after North Dakota Game and Fish say they were over their limit of walleyes by 110 fish. A call to a poacher tip line led wardens to the men, who’d been staying and fishing on Devils Lake.

07/05/2014

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