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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will reopen campgrounds at state parks, state forests and recreation areas in a phased approach beginning June 1. Gov. Tim Walz announced that public and private campgrounds may reopen beginning June 1, if they create a preparedness plan and foll…

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If was a long winter and even longer spring as many have spent the past several weeks social distancing!  Now, however, our governor has told us to get outside and go fishing, while still being safe.  So, we best heed that advice!

I had a high school journalism instructor who had grown up in northern Minnesota and had lived around timberwolves. One day he started talking to the class about wolves and what they were really like. He was not kind to them but when he got done we all knew he had not been talking through his hat.

Lakes across the Midwest are ice free and warming and that means crappies are spending more and more time shallow.  These scrappy panfish are in those shallows looking for food meaning they can provide some of the year’s fastest open-water fishing action!

Fishing opener is a Minnesota rite of springtime, and this Saturday’s kickoff of fishing for walleye, bass, trout in lakes, and northern pike will have anglers on the water to wet a line, reconnect with nature and benefit from time spent outdoors.

The 2020 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener celebration has been postponed until May 13-15, 2021. With that, the local planning committee announced the drawing for the Lund Boat raffle has been moved to May 8, 2021. The good news is people can still win the same brand-new Lund boat and the …

Recently, we filmed a late winter crappie fishing episode for “Fishing the Midwest” TV.  Our goal was to catch crappies 12 inches long and bigger and one of the modifications we made to reach that goal was fishing jigging spoons rather than smaller jigs.



Fishing and hunting licenses are available for anyone to purchase through the Department of Natural Resources website or by calling 888-665-4236. Licenses are also still available for purchase in person through convenient stores that remain open during the governor’s order, however, the DNR …

The Increasing Diversity in Environmental Careers (IDEC) program is accepting applications until May 15. The program is a partnership between the Department of Natural Resources, Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa, Pollution Control Agency and the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources. 

Minnesota fisheries managers canceled all spring egg-taking operations, leaving a void of walleye stocking in more than 330 lakes, the Department of Natural Resources announced Tuesday.

Despite the fears associated with COVID-19, license sales are up a modest 15 percent as the 2020 Spring Turkey Hunting season approaches next Wednesday in Minnesota.

Today, Gov. Tim Walz announced that the Governor’s Fishing Opener celebrations will be postponed until next May. The event was to be held in Otter Tail County May 7-10, 2020. The event was appropriately postponed to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 Minnesota fishing opener …

There are lots of things to love about early season walleye fishing!  For one, spring walleye angling often signals the return of open water fishing for another year.  And, walleyes in the spring are often aggressive biters and easily accessible in fairly shallow water. 

Warm temperatures and dry conditions in central and east-central Minnesota mean increased wildfire risk, so the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is restricting open burning in the following counties effective immediately:

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today announced the suspension of operations at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center (PWLC) and Fergus Falls Wetland Management District, effective today. Waterfowl Production Areas and hiking trails at the PWLC remain open to provide continued op…

A favorite time of the entire ice fishing season for many anglers is the last few weeks of the season before safe ice eventually gives way to open water.  The weather is often warm, the days are longer, and panfish really go on the bite during this time!

The Fergus Falls Fish and Game Club is hosting two “how to” fishing classes in Fergus Falls this spring in conjunction with their 100th year anniversary.  A regular “School of Fish” class, aimed at adults 16 years and older, will be held on April 22 at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center st…

High school fishing teams are exploding in popularity in Minnesota. In 2018, schools in and around Otter Tail County formed the Heart O’ Lakes High School Fishing League. In 2019, there were 22 schools who had joined the league and over 400 student anglers participating. During the summer mo…

Students, ages 12 years old through seniors in high school can take their first step qualifying for college scholarships March 7, on Lake Bemidji.  The NAIFC (North American Ice Fishing Circuit) will be conducting a SIF (student ice fishing) tournament with the top 10 teams advancing to the …

Come enjoy an evening in the park by candlelight and moonlight at Lake Carlos State Park Saturday, Feb. 29 from 7-9 p.m. Snowshoe or hike. Hit the trails, where you will be guided by the full moon and candle luminaries. Then come warm up by the wood stove or enjoy snacks and refreshments in …

Recently I traveled to Big Stone Lake to fish with winter fishing guide Tanner Arndt.  Tanner and his dad, Artie, also own and run Artie’s Fish House Rentals on Big Stone.  The Arndt’s specialize in, and pride themselves on, putting their customers on lots of Big Stone’s numerous and delicio…

For Boy Scouts, a big part of joining is learning different skills. These can range from first aid, how to build a fire and other survival skills. But as the saying goes “practice makes perfect,” and outside of an actual event scouts will not get the necessary practice to help with these iss…

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources awarded conservation officer Tricia Plautz received the 2020 Enforcement Education Achievement Award.

The candlelight ski event at Maplewood State Park will be held on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 6-8:30 p.m.  The 1-mile ski trail will be lighted with 150 candles, a wonderful sight to see.  Come and enjoy the evening.  Ski, hike, or snowshoe, stand around the campfire, chat with friends, and enjo…

The Department of Natural Resources will host more than 30 candlelight events at Minnesota state parks and trails this winter, including one at Glendalough State Park on Saturday, February 8. Drop by any time between 6:30 and 9 p.m. for classic cross-country skiing as stars twinkle overhead …

Otter Tail County, home to 1,048 lakes, is hosting the 2020 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener May 7 -10. One of the goals of the event will be to highlight the lakes in the county, so anglers from all over are encouraged to fish any body of water in Otter Tail County during the event. Medi…

Midwinter can be a bit of a difficult time for anglers as the hot bite of early ice, particularly for walleyes, has passed on most bodies of water. Those anglers who shift gears and chase panfish like crappies can, however, often find cooperative fish at this time. Here is a look at some tho…

One of the advantages of ice fishing over open-water fishing is that bites from fish can often be “seen” better in winter than in summer!  What I mean is that, since anglers fish vertically right below where they sit and on stationary platforms, monitoring baits being fished and detecting bi…

The year 2020 will be a year to celebrate for the Fergus Falls Fish and Game Club. This alliance of sportsmen and women will mark its 100th anniversary with a variety of speakers, activities, and 10-month standing display at the Otter Tail County Historical Museum.

The city of Fergus Falls has benefited the North County National Scenic Trail by assisting the nonprofit North Country Trail Association (NCTA) and four of its local, volunteer-led Minnesota chapters to obtain grant funds to procure trail maintenance tools and equipment.  The city was awarde…

Amera Nelson, clinical dietitan at Lake Region Healthcare (LRH), will be the featured speaker for the January Living Well Education Series session sponsored by LRH. The session will be held at the Fergus Falls Public Library community room beginning at 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 7.

The thermometer reads 8-degrees as I write this article in mid-November, meaning we will have safe ice very, very soon and that also means an early start to the ice fishing season!  In fact, I anticipate being on the ice by early December, barring some big change in weather patterns.  Here i…

The local planning committee for the 2020 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener is adding new ways for folks to celebrate the occasion in 2020. This year will be the 73rd annual event and while the main goal is to continue the storied tradition there will be a few differences from years past.

The Minnesota Board of Animal Health confirms an 8-year-old white-tailed doe tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD) after its white-tailed buck pen-mate killed it in a small, two-deer, hobbyist herd in Douglas County. The USDA National Veterinary Services Laboratory confirmed the …

My buddy Artie Arndt and I had an interesting phone conversation regarding ice fishing recently.  Artie owns a fish house rental business on Big Stone Lake on the Minnesota/South Dakota border, owns the local bait shop, and is the father of Tanner Arndt, one of the top winter and open-water …

The vast majority of the 2019 fishing season is in the books.  There is still about a month of open-water action ahead, but soon most anglers will be turning their thoughts to ice fishing.   Each year around this time, I like to look back, reflect, and try to determine things that happened d…

The local planning committee is happy to announce that Lund Boats is the premiere boat sponsor for the 2020 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener.  Lund will be donating a new Lund 1875 Impact XS to be raffled and will also be making two Pro V Limited boats for the Governor and Lieutenant Governor to fish from […]

Test results are in from the first year of a multistate study on West Nile virus in ruffed grouse in Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin. These first-year results are showing that, while the virus is present in the region, exposed grouse can survive. In 273 samples from grouse that hunters harvested in Minnesota during 2018, 34 […]