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February 19, 2020
In mid-February, Rick Leonhardt can still crack through pools of slush along his ice road on Lake Winnibigoshish. John Enger | MPR News
After hellish ice fishing season, Minnesota resorts say they need help
February 19, 2020 - 11:37am
February 16, 2020
The DNR is aiming to launch a Quality Bluegill Initiative to improve the opportunities for larger bluegills. Fisheries Chief Brad Parsons said special regulations will be proposed for about 100 lakes identified as having the potential to produce big bluegills. Nolan Cinco holds up his catch of bluegills in this West Central Tribune file photo. 
West Central Tribune file photo
Bigger bluegills, better access among Minnesota DNR fisheries chief's top goals
February 16, 2020 - 1:00am
February 13, 2020
The Minnesota DNR is proposing special regulations that would lower bag limits on bluegills on some lakes in an effort to produce bigger sunfish in many waters around the state. These special regulation proposals currently include five lakes within the Glenwood Area DNR's work area and could include almost two dozen lakes in Otter Tail County. Forum News Service file photo
McFeely: Cheers to the Minnesota DNR's big bluegill initiative, with hope of more to come
February 13, 2020 - 6:00am
February 11, 2020
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is planning to launch a new program focused on encouraging anglers to voluntarily switch to lead-free fishing tackle as a way to help save the common loon. Evan Frost | MPR News
Effort aims to persuade Minnesota anglers to go lead-free for loons
February 11, 2020 - 1:11pm
February 10, 2020
Matt Pipp of Bemidji holds the 5.85 pound northern pike that won him first place and $10,000 in the seventh annual Ice Castle Classic ice fishing tournament on Lac qui Parle Lake on Saturday. 
Courtesy photo
Bemidji angler is first at Ice Castle Classic, but New London angler the bigger winner
February 10, 2020 - 5:46pm
February 9, 2020
Brad Dokken
Brad Dokken column: Readers share thoughts on high Lake of the Woods fishing pressure
February 9, 2020 - 8:30am
Completed in 2003 after the original lodge burned in July 2002, this lodge is the gathering place for visitors to Lawrence Bay Lodge on Reindeer Lake in northern Saskatchewan. Randy Engen of Tolna, N.D., started the business in 1971 and remains involved along with son Phil and daughter Mindy. The family business marks its 50th season this summer. (Photo/ Brad Dokken, Grand Forks Herald)
Wilderness family business marks 50 years: Northern Saskatchewan is second home for Tolna, N.D., owners of Lawrence Bay Lodge 
February 9, 2020 - 8:30am
February 4, 2020
Ed Forrestal uses a hairdryer to dry paint before adding the next color on a custom fishing lure in his basement workshop recently. Forrestal makes E&M Custom Tackle. (Steve Kuchera /
It’s all about that paint on fishing lures
February 4, 2020 - 8:00am
January 31, 2020
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks photo
South Dakota bill mandates 'habitat stamp' purchase with most fishing, hunting licenses
January 31, 2020 - 9:22am
January 23, 2020
Lawrence Luoma worked with Tuned Up Custom Rods to recreate the action of his HT Ice Blue rods with high-end components. He said it’s a joy to fish but also continues to use his inexpensive rods. Photo courtesy of Lawrence Luoma
Tournament grade tackle for icing big panfish
January 23, 2020 - 4:53pm
January 20, 2020
Rick "Critter" Olson says he's been hooked on trapping since 1978, when he trapped his first weasel, but his outdoors pursuits extend to hunting, fishing and sharing his knowledge with others. Brad Dokken / Forum News Service
Sharing the trapping tradition: When it comes to the outdoors way of life, Rick 'Critter' Olson comes by his nickname honestly
January 20, 2020 - 6:00am
January 15, 2020
The unique reel seat design on the Clam Scepter series increases sensitivity for better bite detection. Photo courtesy of Clam Outdoors
10 products that make ice fishing more efficient and more fun
January 15, 2020 - 3:24pm
January 9, 2020
Matt Johnson said that adding a handful of spoons to your panfish tacklebox is a great way to put more fish on the ice this winter. Photo courtesy of Matt Johnson
Spoon feeding winter panfish
January 9, 2020 - 1:16pm
January 6, 2020
Brad Dokken
Looking ahead to time outdoors in the coming year
January 6, 2020 - 8:00am
January 2, 2020
Organizers announced on Thursday morning that Eelpout Festival would be canceled for 2020. (Pioneer file photo)
Eelpout Festival in Walker canceled over costs, impasse on lake enforcement
January 2, 2020 - 9:11pm