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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…

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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 […]

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed individual zebra mussels in Swan Lake in Otter Tail County. Mineral Lake and several small, unnamed lakes connected to and downstream of Swan Lake will also be listed for zebra mussels. All of these lakes flow into North Ten Mile Lake, which was listed for zebra mussels […]

Growing corn, soybeans and other crops contributes significantly to Minnesota’s overall emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases associated with climate change, but a new analysis shows a range of practices can reduce those emissions — and help improve water quality at the same time. “Many farmers are already engaging in these practices for other reasons,” said […]

The annual Minnesota Youth Deer Hunt begins today for boys and girls ages 10-17. The four-day season will coincide with the Minnesota Education Association (MEA) teacher workshops, which give students two weekdays without classes. Youth ages 10-13 must be accompanied by an adult during this weekend event. The accompanying adult cannot hunt, therefore party hunting […]

Despite Mother Nature promising rain, snow and other nasty things, the 2019 Minnesota pheasant hunting season is poised to take wing on Saturday. For pheasants, the severity of the weekend weather could be a test of life and death. Their main adversaries this weekend are not as likely to be the hunting crowd – it […]

The Foster Hope Run (formerly known as the Turkey Trot) will take place Saturday, Oct. 12, at Kennedy Secondary School. The race features a 1-mile run at 8:30 a.m. and a 5K at 9 a.m. In honor of its 10th year benefiting children in the region, the Viking Café will be serving breakfast (free-will offering) […]

Column: Fishing with Frisch: By Mike Frisch Smallmouth bass are one of my favorite fish species to pursue and, these scrappy fighters can provide some of the entire year’s fastest fishing action during the next few weeks.  Targeting big fall “smalljaws” is, in fact, one of the highlights of my entire outdoors year! Fall smallmouth […]

On the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 8 from 5:30-7 p.m., the public is invited to A Center for the Arts in Fergus Falls to watch a new documentary called “The Power of Minnesota” that tells the story of how clean energy is making local economies throughout our region even stronger. More than just a film […]

During October, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) fisheries crews will be busy harvesting and stocking walleye fingerlings all across the state.  In Otter Tail County, the fisheries crew, based in Fergus Falls, will harvest and stock walleye fingerlings into 11 lakes.  These lakes include Donalds, Marion, Little McDonald, Seven, Six, Stalker, Pebble, Hoot, Wright, […]

The 2019 Minnesota waterfowl season will be swinging into high gear when the season resumes Saturday after a five-day furlough. As the month of October deepens the chances of spreading aquatic species from infested waters to other lakes are bound to grow. While fishing boats, jet skis and other watercraft have been targeted by Department […]

Aquatic invasive species (AIS) are a major issue in the lakes in Otter Tail County. Keith Pearson, science teacher at Kennedy Secondary School is a leader among his peers in exposing his students to the prevention of the spread of AIS in the county. On Sept. 24, Ellie Kriese, aquatic ecologist from RMB Labs in […]

Pedal Fergus Falls is excited to celebrate Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day on Saturday, Oct. 5. Festivities will be held at the new bike trail in Ferber Park off Highway 111 just past Calvary Church. Many groups, including Pedal Fergus Falls, the city of Fergus Falls, Conservation Corps Minnesota and Iowa and the Minnesota […]

Minnesota agriculture officials monitoring for the possible spread of a fungus-like organism that has killed millions of oak trees on the West Coast say it has not yet been found in the state. But they remain on the lookout for a disease that could harm the state’s iconic oak trees. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture […]

Column: Natural Resources: By Steve Kubeny Minnesota Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologists will be wrapping up the lake survey season in early September.  Since June, DNR biologists have completed 17 lake surveys.  Lake surveys (fish population assessments) are the foundation of the DNR’s lake management program.  They are needed to collect biological information concerning […]

The Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s School of Fish, recognized by many as the leaders in kids fishing education, recently completed their seventh year of hosting fishing classes for kids, their parents, and other adults.  School of Fish taught 22 open-water schools in 2019 graduating 545 “water-ready” kids and had 221 adults attend as well! […]

Column: Fishing with Frisch: By Mike Frisch I just returned from my annual South Dakota pronghorn archery hunt.  Unlike past hunts when I was fortunate to tag antelope bucks, this hunt was less successful, at least in terms of hunting success.  Partners and I saw lots of “goats” and one in our group shot a […]

While fall might not be reflected in the temperature this week, the trees tell a different tale. The trees are blushing red with the first signs of autumn and October looms on the horizon, riding on the coattails of this week’s harvest moon. Don’t fight fall’s approach, embrace it with a hike through Maplewood State […]

On Saturday, Sept. 28, volunteers of all ages are invited to gather at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center (PWLC), Fergus Falls, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. to participate in hands-on projects to improve prairie habitat. Work projects may include: • Planting greenhouse native plants in the rain garden. • Cleaning plant pots and the greenhouse. • […]

One of the real gems of Otter Tail County’s impressive array of freshwater lakes has joined a growing list of waters infected with zebra mussels. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed multiple adult and juvenile zebra mussels in Eagle Lake, a 907.4 acre lake in Eagle Lake Township, 20 miles southeast of Fergus […]

The difference was remarkable. While it was clear that too much talk can bore a fourth-grader, a chance to interact with a mallard hen or a drake wood duck does not. The Fergus Falls fourth-graders who gathered at the Prairie Wetland Learning Center Wednesday afternoon showed the concentration of tightrope walkers as they went about […]

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a zebra mussel in East Battle Lake in Otter Tail County. A lake property owner removing equipment from the lake for the season contacted the DNR after finding an adult zebra mussel attached to a dock post. DNR divers did not find any additional zebra mussels after […]

Column: Fishing with Frisch: By Mike Frisch Guide clients, other fishing partners, and I have spent a good deal of time casting swimbaits this fishing season.  Walleyes were the targeted species during spring and early summer, but a multispecies smorgasbord of northern pike, bass and walleyes have come topside utilizing swimbaits lately.  And swimbaits should continue […]

When the Minnesota pheasant season opens on Oct. 12, hunters are likely to find some areas with plenty of pheasants and other areas where the birds will be tougher to find, judging by results of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources annual roadside pheasant survey.     The roadside pheasant survey showed a 17 percent […]

The Fergus Falls Fish & Game Club is hosting a lead bullet fragmentation demonstration Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Fergus Falls Rifle and Pistol Club’s outdoor range. For many years there has been a lot of discussion on the issue of lead in hunting ammunition and over the past decade that […]

The rumors floating around Fergus Falls these days are that Lake Alice supports a fish population. According to Department of Natural Resources assistant fisheries supervisor Howard Fullhart, it is not just another fish story. “I’ve seen both fatheads and bullheads,” Fullhart said in commenting on Lake Alice’s fishery. “They can make it up the waterways […]

The wind whips Erika Rowe’s hair as she stands in a western Minnesota prairie and studies a GPS screen. She’s trying to determine the precise location for a small piece of this prairie which will become a monitoring site for scientists trying to understand better the ways Minnesota’s ecosystems are changing. She’s project coordinator for […]

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is asking ruffed grouse hunters in northern Minnesota to voluntarily submit samples for a West Nile virus research project that the DNR is conducting. Researchers will test hunter-harvested birds for exposure and active infections of the disease. “We want to learn more about West Nile virus in ruffed grouse, […]

The roots that will someday hopefully give Fergus Falls “Prairie City USA” distinction are growing in Ferber Park on County Road 111. Thanks to the United Prairie Foundation and its partner, Wildlife Forever, more than 300 native prairie plants were dug into the park’s soil last weekend. The Prairie to the People movement is designed […]

Visitors are invited to join U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, at 9 a.m. to assist them with banding wood ducks and mallards at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center (PWLC) in Fergus Falls. “Here’s your chance to find out what duck banding is all about and try holding, band, and […]

Column: Fishing with Frisch: By Mike Frisch ICAST is the fishing industry’s annual tradeshow where much of the coming year’s new lures and other fishing equipment is introduced.  The event was held last week in Orlando.  Here is an event recap and impressions of some new products from this attendee’s perspective. Trolling motor “wars” Maybe […]

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Grants Lake in Douglas County and West McDonald Lake in Otter Tail County. During a treatment operation for a recently confirmed small population of the invasive plant flowering rush in Grants Lake, specialists from Douglas County and the DNR found multiple zebra mussels on […]

Dalton Outdoors is offering a Carry/Conceal Class at their store in Dalton. The class will be held Sunday, Aug. 18 starting at noon and running approximately three to four hours. The agenda will include updates on current Minnesota laws, defensive methods on how not to become a victim, gun safety and range time. To register […]

This Friday through Sunday, Aug. 16 to 18, the Lakes Country Mountaineers Black Powder Club will be celebrating their 29th annual Black Powder Rendezvous at the Pioneer Village grounds in Perham. “The rendezvous itself is something that the fur traders used to do once a year, they come up out of the mountain and trade […]

Hunters can start planning ahead for significant changes to deer season regulations, including a youth deer season that’s expanded statewide, expanded deer feeding and attractant bans, and other updates related to managing chronic wasting disease. “We heard a lot of support for a statewide youth deer hunting season,” said Barbara Keller, the DNR’s big game […]

Enjoy a walking tour of the best annuals for west-central Minnesota Wednesday, Aug. 21 from 5:15-6:15 pm. Held in the Horticulture Display Garden at the West Central Research and Outreach Center, 46352 State Highway 329, Morris. 320-589-1711. In the event of inclement weather, class will be held in AgCountry Auditorium at the WCROC. Admission is […]

Large sunfish are scarce in many Minnesota lakes and local fisheries, managers with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are responding to angler desire for bigger sunfish by seeking out specific lakes that would be a good fit for improving sunfish size quality by reducing sunfish bag limits. Some angling groups have been asking the […]