ALBERT LEA, Minn. — At the celebratory dinner for the 2019 Governor’s Fishing Opener, Gov. Tim Walz announced that next year’s event will be held May 7-10 in Otter Tail County. Thumper Pond Resort near Otter Tail Lake will serve as event headquarters. "Otter Tail County offers terrific fishing," Gov. Walz said. "I'm excited to kick off the summer fishing season in central Minnesota and I can't wait to get out on the lake."
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.
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.
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.