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FISH TALES: Jude Hicks on Lake Marquette
Blane Klemek: Observations on the American crow
FISH TALES: Gunner Ganske on Swenson Lake
PAUL NELSON COLUMN: Caution needed to prevent spread of invasive species
DNR discovers two more cases of invasive species in Beltrami County
May 13, 2016
PAUL NELSON COLUMN: Tips for area anglers to make the most out of opener
Minnesota makes a bigger deal about the fishing opener than almost any other state in the country. Many states don’t have a closed season for fishing, so there is no such thing as a fishing opener in many states. Hunting, fishing and the harvesting of wild game are part of the culture...
May 13, 2016 - 9:45am
May 12, 2016
McGregor area ready to reel during Governor’s Fishing Opener
MCGREGOR — Events are set to start Friday around McGregor with a headquarters at Big Sandy Lodge & Resort for the 69th annual Governor’s Fishing Opener.. Ever since the announcement last year at this time at Lake Vermillion, the McGregor community has been preparing for their...
May 12, 2016 - 10:38pm
May 10, 2016
FISHING OPENER: DNR undertakes study to find out migration patterns on Cass Lake chain
CASS LAKE -- The travels of the walleyes throughout the Cass Lake chain of lakes will be the root of a study conducted during the next few years by the Bemidji Area Department of Natural Resources Fisheries officials. The project will begin this spring with the stocking of walleye...
May 10, 2016 - 4:10pm
FISHING OPENER: A turnaround for Upper Red Lake
RED LAKE -- During the past 15 years, the walleye fishery on Upper Red Lake has completed a 180-degree turn-around. In the late 1990s, walleyes, especially spawning-age walleyes, were so scarce in Upper and Lower Red Lake that state and tribal officials were forced to impose a 10-year...
May 10, 2016 - 4:08pm
FISHING OPENER: Lake Bemidji a natural for the walleye
BEMIDJI – Walleyes looking for a place to spawn have many options if they swim about in Lake Bemidji. And those options are among the reasons...
May 10, 2016 - 4:05pm
FISHING OPENER: Aiming to stop AIS: County AIS boat inspections enter third season
BEMIDJI -- With the Minnesota fishing opener next weekend, once again it is that time of the year: boat inspection season to check for the potential...
May 10, 2016 - 10:13am
May 5, 2016
PAUL NELSON COLUMN: Walleyes, sauger and pike season is May 14
The season for walleyes, sauger and northern pike opens next Saturday, May 14, for the Inland Waters of Minnesota. The season for stream trout in designated trout lakes also opens on May 14, with trout anglers required to purchase a trout stamp along with their fishing license. Surface...
May 5, 2016 - 10:59pm
April 28, 2016
PAUL NELSON COLUMN: Walleye season opens May 14
The 2016 Minnesota Walleye Opener is just two weeks from this Saturday, with the date set for May 14. Bemidji is surrounded by excellent walleye lakes. Upper Red Lake, Winnibigoshish and Leech Lake are usually three of the hottest lakes for walleyes early in the season because they...
April 28, 2016 - 10:52pm
April 21, 2016
PAUL NELSON COLUMN: Anglers can make test run for walleye
The ice is finally gone, so anglers are now able to get their boats into most lakes. Most anglers like to make at least one test run of their boats before the walleye season opens, to be sure everything is in good working order. Early in the spring, before the walleye season opens...
April 21, 2016 - 11:18pm
April 7, 2016
DNR reverses position on use of live bait on Mille Lacs
Anglers on Mille Lacs Lake will be able to use live bait this summer after all. In a surprising turnabout, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Thursday reversed its position on the use of live bait announced last month. Under regulations released in March, only anglers...
April 7, 2016 - 1:22pm
March 21, 2016
UPDATED: Catch and release only for Mille Lacs walleye this summer, DNR announces
Anglers looking for walleye on Mille Lacs Lake must use artificial bait and immediately release all walleye caught during this year's summer...
March 21, 2016 - 5:22pm
March 18, 2016
PAUL NELSON COLUMN: With ice fishing season ending, the Rainy River beckons
The ice thickness on the lakes in the Bemidji area varies greatly from lake to lake and even between accesses on the same lake. The ice is totally...
March 18, 2016 - 4:05pm
March 3, 2016
PAUL NELSON FISHING COLUMN: Eelpout, perch are on anglers’ radar
The gamefish season has ended for the inland waters of Minnesota and the 2015-16 Minnesota fishing licenses have expired. Anglers 16 years of age and older need to purchase new 2016-17 fishing licenses to continue fishing for species like crappies, sunfish, perch, trout and any other...
March 3, 2016 - 8:44pm
February 25, 2016
AIS open house for Beltrami County
BEMIDJI -- Beltrami County is having an open house public meeting Wednesday to discuss aquatic invasive species and to present its draft for a Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention and Management Plan.The event isl 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Beltrami County Administration building, 701 Minnesota...
February 25, 2016 - 7:48pm
February 19, 2016
PAUL NELSON FISHING COLUMN: It's time to go after the 'pout
The 37th International Eelpout Festival will be held Friday through Sunday on Leech Lake, headquartered out of City Park in Walker. Due to the ice conditions on Walker Bay, travel on the ice has been limited to snowmobiles and ATVs this year, with no vehicles allowed on the ice during...
February 19, 2016 - 10:19am