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.
Introduction to ice fishing Tettegouche State Park will host a free ice fishing orientation on Lax Lake. Participants will target panfish and pike, and all equipment, bait and hot beverages will be provided by the park. The DNR advises attendees to dress for the weather and bring their own water, snacks and fishing licenses. Ice conditions might be safe for driving, but participants should plan to park at the boat landing and walk the short distance to the fishing area. Location : Tettegouche State Park, Silver Bay Date : Saturday, Jan. 12
EAST BETHEL, Minn. -- Eyes on the Wild is a camera-trap project at the Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve approximately 30 miles north of the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis. A network of 120 trail cameras was deployed in in 2017 across the site’s 5,400 acres. So far, the cameras have captured almost 1 million images of animals, including whitetail deer, coyotes and the bison herd that roamed part of Cedar Creek last summer.
The traditional trout season in the Driftless area of southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin opened in mid-April and ran through mid to late September. In recent years, though, natural resource agencies in both states have created catch-and-release seasons during winter to expand angling opportunities across the region.
ISLE, Minn. -- Tony Roach has been a full-time, year-round fishing guide for more than a decade. During winter, he regularly visits world-class walleye fisheries like Lake Winnibigoshish and Lake of the Woods. He also fishes a number of smaller northern Minnesota lakes that produce surprisingly large bluegills and crappies.
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