The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources today announced plans for the 2018 walleye fishing season on Lake Mille Lacs that seek to maximize fishing opportunities for anglers while protecting the health and sustainability of Mille Lacs’ improving walleye population.
Ice fishing on local lakes is one of Minnesota’s favorite winter pastimes. It can be a beautiful scene out on a frozen, snowy lake. It can also be a dirty mess. It’s not difficult to find piles of garbage left next to an abandoned fishing hole. While this garbage is ugly and unsightly durin…
Anglers and spearers pursuing northern pike this spring will be dealing with new regulations that will be very challenging, especially for folks who like to spear northern pike in the winter months.
Anglers and spearers pursuing northern pike this winter can prepare for new pike regulations that will be in effect for the spring fishing opener on Minnesota’s inland waters.
With 59 state forests that cover 4.2 million acres, Minnesota state forests are a great place to view fall color, according to the Department of Natural Resources.
ntations along with music and entertainment highlight the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ annual exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair, which runs Aug. 24-Sept. 4.
Granted, we are in the tough part of the mid-summer with water temperatures soaring and fishing somewhat difficult. This is the time of the summer I head into the weeds and pluck my fish from fairly shallow water as most anglers spend way too much time in deeper water trying to coax neutral …
The Sunrise Prairie Regional Trail is closed to public use until Aug. 30 due to a repaving project including trail base upgrades, new bituminous pavement and a pedestrian crosswalk flasher system at the trail intersections of County Road 17 and County Road 19.
You’ll recall from last month’s column that, after opening weekend in May, I’d only made a couple brief fishing trips to the Snake River due to occasional cool weather, frequent high water and a never-ending list of things to do; i.e., screwed-up priorities. So, in case you haven’t yet caugh…
In my profession as a fishing guide, I get to experience some wonderful outings with many grandfathers, fathers, mothers with grandchildren and children of their own. I have learned over the years this is a profound experience, and the memories that are created are amazing.
It was a beautiful sunny afternoon when my brother-in-law Tim Gilbert and I decided we should run over to a neat little lake in Central Cass County to see if we could pick up a few largemouth bass. We knew it wasn’t the greatest afternoon for landing big bass with little wind and clear blue …
Summer is here, and while water enthusiasts and pets enjoy swimming and boating when the weather is calm and sunny, these conditions are also perfect for growing blue-green algae, which can be harmful to both people and animals.
We have leapfrogged into the mid-summer patterns on our central Minnesota lakes in record time. Just a few weeks ago we were well behind in water temperatures, and the fish were sluggish and unresponsive.
Last month, I promised that I’d write about my 2017 fishing opener. That is, the weekend that ended a few hours ago! It is Sunday evening, May 14, and what was so highly anticipated and long awaited is now history. Again. Way too soon. Again.
Anyone living near bear habitat is reminded to be aware of bears this spring and check their property for food sources that could attract bears.
Catch-and-release only regulations needed to rebuild Mille Lacs Lake’s walleye population will again be in effect when anglers hit the water on Saturday, May 13. The 2017 walleye season on Mille Lacs is scheduled to run through Monday, Sept. 4.
It is March 11. As I look outside my window this afternoon, I see the sun shining brightly. The ground is free of snow, and my jon boat leans against the grape arbor, anxious to have my seat firmly seated on its seat.
Bald eagles are migrating back to Minnesota and may be seen in large numbers across parts of the state over the next few weeks, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
“We have been approached by others, but they were not products I like or use,” said Jeff Hayford, owner of United States Cross Country (USXC) snowmobile race team phenom Hayford Racing and Hayford Ford in Isanti and Rapids Ford in Grand Rapids. When referring to sponsors, Jeff recognizes the…
These trumpeter swans took advantage of the still-open water on Paul’s Lake to freely float around the entire lake. Their freedom is about to be much more limited with colder, ice-making weather moving into the area.
After eight Chippewa bands expressed strong concerns, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will close the Mille Lacs Lake catch-and-relejxase walleye season on Tuesday, Sept. 6.
Steadily growing deer populations may produce more deer sightings and slightly more harvest opportunities for hunters during the 2016 season, although one-deer limits remain in place for much of the state.
Sunfish are one of the most common fish found in North America and one of the very best for table fare too. These little fish average 7.9 to 11.8 inches in size, and most people prefer to keep those over 9 inches to eat.
Members of the Isanti Police Department held a bike rodeo for kids of all ages and skill levels last Saturday at the Isanti VFW parking lot. In addition to teaching the kids bike safety, they held a drawing for five free bikes.
Rob Bowker of the Isanti County Sheriff's Department demonstrates a proper hand signal to young riders during ATV training last Saturday at the Isanti County Fairgrounds. The training is mandatory for any riders under the age of 16 who ride without an adult present.
All throughout the year, we have opportunities to develop or maintain traditions. It might be the Thanksgiving Day turkey at Uncle Joe’s, the July 4th celebration in Cambridge, the Halloween karaoke night at the local bar and grill or any number of events. Traditions are fun – they’re someth…
After a long discussion at the May 3 Isanti City Council meeting, Redbird Baseball and the City of Isanti finally came to an agreement regarding lease terms for Redbird Field (also known as Sportsman Field).
Recently, my neighbor called to frantically warn me that a coyote had been seen uncomfortably close to her backyard. We both have several acres with an open pasture area that borders low land/swampy acreage.
The early spring has been a wonderful thing for us river fisher people as we are experiencing an early thaw. I have had several trips on river systems the past two weeks and the rest of March and April look absolutely perfect weather-wise.
Minnesota firearms hunters registered 68,401 deer during the first three days of firearms deer season, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Clay Wilking, age 12, recently bagged his first deer while hunting on his own. The 8-pointer was taken on his family’s hunting land in Stanchfield Township. Clay is a 7th grader at Isanti Middle School and recently completed firearm safety.
Like all writers of regularly-featured newspaper columns, I sometimes need to review what I’ve written so I don’t get stuck in a rut. My assignment involves sports and outdoors, so I’ve got a pretty wide-open space from which to choose.
Fishing for walleyes on Mille Lacs ended at 10 p.m. Aug. 3 by order of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources after fishermen and Chippewa tribe members reached the 2015 harvest quota. That quota had been greatly reduced from 2014 levels because of the depleted resource. The state’s b…
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) today identified an emerald ash borer (EAB) infestation in Chisago County along the Washington County border near Manning Trail. Two EAB adults were found on a purple EAB survey trap, and a follow-up visit discovered tunneling consistent with inv…
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources today announced a change in fishing regulations for Mille Lacs Lake that will help attract more national bass tournaments to the area.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced today that last week’s creel survey on estimated walleye harvests, releases, and kill on Mille Lacs Lake during the first two weeks of July showed drastic increases that could result in the state reaching its limit by July 29.
With the start of the boating season, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding everyone to follow the law and protect their waters from aquatic invasive species.
I’ve written about fishing a few times since October 2013, when my monthly sports gig began. In fact, it was just in May that I described the opening weekend experience I shared with my male relatives on a lake that’s rebounding from a freeze-out three winters ago. However, as anglers know, …
Nearly 60 runners and 25 volunteers had a wonderful day encouraging healthy living during the first 5K Run Wild event. The Run Wild 5K and kids’ run was created this year to focus on one of the four Hs in Chisago County 4-H’s program – health, said Jeremy D. Freeman, Chisago County 4-H progr…
Minnesota fishermen, particularly those in the northern half of the state, know that every winter carries with it the possibility of fish kills in their favorite fishing lakes. Oxygen levels drop dangerously low, especially in shallow bodies of water with little current flow, as thick ice an…