Fishing

Are you interested in getting involved in decision making? The MN DNR is looking for volunteers to join the citizen agency work groups to help decide how to manage issues. 

5 separate groups have been made to support fish species. Catfish, Walleye, Northern Pike, Musky, and Bass. 

You can focus on conserving lakes and ponds, but also address the issues of managing harvest recreation.

Applications are open!

Eric Dregni's Let's Go Fishing is the perfect antidote for the I-can't-believe-it's-over-summertime blues.

Rudy Senarighi's love of fishing can be traced back to two incidents.

His first fishing trip, when, intimidated by the size of Big Lake, he was afraid to go out in the boat.  His father and their fishing companion lifted the boat and placed it on the dock, where the threesome happily fished the day away.

The second came when, as a boy, the excitement of chasing a local black bear (to catch him and put him in the circus) wore off and his friend said, "Let's go trout fishing instead."

And Rudy, as he says, was hooked.

Lake Superior charter fishing is alive and well in Duluth in fact charter fishing here has a history dating back to 1909. If you are on a 32 foot Marinette charter fishing boat out of the Duluth Harbor, chances are that Peter Dahl’s your captain and John Meining is your deckhand. This week Sea Grant Files host Jesse Schomberg talks about the charter fishing on Lake Superior and “the catch of the day”. Sea Grant Files airs on KUMD alternate Tuesdays at 8:20 on Northland Morning. Check the audio and links below for more Sea Grant Files and the research of Minnesota Sea Grant.

Doug Kerr [via Flickr]

  KUMD taks with Brad Parsons, the Central Regional Fisheries Manager for the Minnesota DNR, about the DNR proposal to build a new fisheries facility at Mille Lacs Lake that would include a fisheries management station, fish hatchery and storage. The DNR would be able to more efficiently meet its Mille Lacs management goals and outreach needs with the new facility.

Mandy Uhrich

When it comes to fishing, let's face it: many men just take it way too seriously.  (Remember the grumpy dads who made you sit in absolute silence for hours?)

How can women learn to fish if they don't want to have it "mansplained" to them?

Simple: the Minnesota DNR has the oldest - and largest (with 130 different programs) in its BOLD (Becoming an Outdoors Woman) program.

NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory/Flickr

Not surprisingly, Minnesota anglers love fishing for trophy-sized Northern Pike.

But they're taking the big fish out of lakes faster than they can replace themselves.

The solution isn't one-size-fits-all; and the DNR is proposing three zones in Minnesota, with regulations tailored to fit each.

You can learn more and leave comments here.

Chuck Schlegel/Flickr

Ice-out actually happened before the Minnesota fishing opener this year ... the water is warm and the fish are active.   John Chalstrom of Chalstrom Bait says there are always new baits and lures coming out ... but he's still recommending the classics.

Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa this month features Larry Amik Smallwood, a language instructor at the University of Minnesota Duluth, who discusses (in both Ojibwe and English) about the awakening natural world around us, and the messages that nature gives us. Topics include net-fishing, deer hunting, blue jays, owls, maple-sugaring, and wild rice.

 

5/20 Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa - Listening to Nature