North Shore Surprise

North Shore Surprise

A family weekend for the North Shore was planned for this October. We made a one day up-and-back trip last year.  That was a lot for one day, and while we had a great time I was disappointed that the one-day trip left a lot of sights unseen, and left no chance for any...
Miller Time

Miller Time

Miller Time “Monday.  6:00. Otsego. Millers”.  Who would know what to make of this cryptic text I sent out on Monday.  The recipient was Gunnar, he knew what it meant—Miller Time on the Mississippi.  Most of you probably still don’t know what I’m talking about.  There...

Reports of my Death…

This story is brought to you by “Trout Fishing” –Keeping Chris Sane for Over 40 Years… Yeah, we got the hail.  I pointed out the green sky to the kids, told them whenever you see that, hail is coming.  I should have covered my truck, or at least parked it...
Harvest

Harvest

Will I see you give more than I can take Well I only harvest some—Neil Young, from “Harvest”  There is something about the descent into a trout valley in Southeast Minnesota that puts me in a good mood like few other things can.  I started my journey on Saturday with...
What is the Worst Lure?

What is the Worst Lure?

Enough with all the talk about lures that work.  Most of them do.  How about the Worst Lure? I get weekly emails from “Fishing Tackle Retailer”. Even though it’s been a decade since I was a retailer, I still like to keep track of trends and what not.  One feature they...
Not Even Eddie Can Break the Jinx

Not Even Eddie Can Break the Jinx

I mostly fish alone unless I can get one of my kids to come with, but they’re usually not too keen on the whole getting up early thing.  I don’t blame them.  So my wife was quite surprised when I told her I was going fishing with a Facebook friend I had never actually...
Spring Trout Fishing Trip to SE Minnesota

Spring Trout Fishing Trip to SE Minnesota

A foot of snow fell in southern Minnesota this week, seemingly ruining my plans for a recon trout trip I was going to take with Savannah.  I figured the runoff would have blown out all the streams, but somehow it melted off slowly enough for the streams to be flowing...

Lake Mille Lacs — A New Beginning?

While the Minnesota Walleye Council isn’t going to officially release the new walleye regulations for Mille Lacs until next week, I was lucky enough to arrange an interview with their spokesman, Carl Marques for a sneak peek. A little background on the Mille Lacs...

2015–a look back

2015 — a look back It seems like I’ve got it in my head that 2015 was a terrible fishing year for me.  As a dad, a homeowner, a landlord, an employee, and an actual grownup, I sure don’t have the time to get out like I used to.  Although part of that is that I...