Sports

/

ArcaMax

Best times for anglers

Sports / Outdoors /

(Table for March 7-March 21)

This table lists top fishing times and days for the coming weeks. For best results, begin fishing one hour before and continue one hour after the times given. Times apply to all time zones.

———

Sunday………….........7:10 a.m...…………………….…..................7:40 p.m.

Monday………….....Read more

Brian Peterson/20063279A/TNS

As trumpeter swans die, Minnesota lawmakers consider banning lead jigs and fishing tackle

Sports / Outdoors /

MINNEAPOLIS — State lawmakers are looking at banning lead fishing tackle, targeting the most common sinkers and jigs on the market.

The small bits of lead, which have been building up on lake bottoms for decades, are poisoning and killing trumpeter swans, loons, bald eagles and other wildlife.

Swans and loons are especially vulnerable to ...Read more

Provided by Omnia/Star Tribune/TNS

Minnesota startup selling fishing tackle, gear hooks $2.1M in investments

Sports / Outdoors /

MINNEAPOLIS — The rapid growth of Omnia Fishing, an e-commerce retailer of fishing gear and tackle, has hooked the interest of anglers and funding from venture capital firms.

The Golden Valley-based startup was co-founded in 2018 by Matt Johnson, Dan Wick and Chris Morgal.

The site takes users through what the proper gear and tackle is for ...Read more

Anthony Souffle/Star Tribune/TNS

Dennis Anderson: Minnesota's future conservation funding needs are clear, but answers? Not so much.

Sports / Outdoors /

In her introductory remarks to the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) roundtable held virtually in January, the agency's commissioner, Sarah Strommen, mentioned almost as an aside that in coming months she would announce a new funding mechanism for her department and, presumably, for Minnesota conservation.

Strommen's remarks were ...Read more

Best times for anglers

Sports / Outdoors /

(Table for Feb. 28-March 14)

This table lists top fishing times and days for the coming weeks. For best results, begin fishing one hour before and continue one hour after the times given. Times apply to all time zones.

———

Sunday…………........12:55 a.m.......………............................1:20 p.m.

Monday……..…...........Read more

Star Tribune/Star Tribune/Brian Peterson/Star Tribune

Task force suggests Minnesota needs a new outdoors office

Sports / Outdoors /

MINNEAPOLIS — An eclectic group of outdoors people organized by the state a year ago to study how Minnesota can better promote its natural places and make those resources available to more people will soon recommend, among other advice, a new office be opened to achieve those goals.

The Outdoor Recreation Task Force was formed by the ...Read more

Star Tribune/Star Tribune/Dennis Anderson/ Star Tribune

Training young dogs walking — this way and that — is a gift these days

Sports / Outdoors /

MINNEAPOLIS — Common belief suggests most of us are being held hostage by the pandemic and are slumped in our basements awaiting the all-clear signal. Yet if this were true, freeways wouldn't be packed and resorts Up North wouldn't already be hanging No Vacancy signs out for the fishing opener.

I was thinking about this the other day and also...Read more

DAVID MAIALETTI/The Philadelphia Inquirer/DAVID MAIALETTI/Philadelphia Inquirer

It's coyote-killing season in Pennsylvania. Are the hunts barbaric or necessary population control?

Sports / Outdoors /

PHILADELPHIA — A dead Eastern coyote hung upside down above a bucket of dried blood in a rural Pennsylvania fire hall, its lips locked in a perpetual snarl.

Some men crouched beside it, while other adults twirled spaghetti with a fork, looking on from aluminum chairs. Children held canned sodas and stared.

“Thirty-eight pounds even,” the...Read more

Ice anglers stranded, rescued near Duluth: 'Lake Superior is not forgiving'

Sports / Outdoors /

DULUTH – The fish were biting, and John and Porter Smith were sheltered from the freezing windchill in their icehouse just off the shore of Lake Superior on Feb. 9. Then they heard a crack.

The cousins were among 26 anglers stranded on an ice floe that broke away from the shoreline near 21st Avenue East in Duluth. The Duluth Fire Department ...Read more

Fishing app surges during pandemic with user downloads

Sports / Outdoors /

Fishing was one of the few sports where participation seemed to pick up when everything else went on pause due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Daily routines were halted, and people were encouraged to distance from one another. Fishing gave them a way to safely entertain themselves outdoors.

It’s also why mobile applications like Fishbrain ...Read more

Dreamstime/TNS

Dennis Anderson: Even in this cold, deer can endure bitter winters

Sports / Outdoors /

MINNEAPOLIS — Say you were a deer living last week near Orr, Minn., about halfway between Duluth and International Falls. You've had a tough few days, weather-wise. Beginning Sunday, the temperature lows were minus-29, minus-29, minus-20, minus-20, minus-35 and, on Friday, minus-33.

Looking for relief in daytime? Forget it. High temperatures ...Read more

Best times for anglers

Sports / Outdoors /

(Table for Feb. 21-March 7)

This table lists top fishing times and days for the coming weeks. For best results, begin fishing one hour before and continue one hour after the times given. Times apply to all time zones.

———

Sunday.……..….......7:35 p.m...………………….…….................8:05 a.m.

Monday………….........Read more

Anthony Souffle/Star Tribune/TNS

Dennis Anderson: Critical Habitat license-plate program veering from its dedicated mission

Sports / Outdoors /

MINNEAPOLIS — Dedicated accounts are the backbone of American conservation. Beginning with establishment of the federal duck stamp in the 1930s, such funds have helped the U.S. retain a semblance of its original open lands, clean waters, fish and wildlife.

By law, for example, 98% of funds derived from sales of federal duck stamps must be ...Read more

Bob Timmons/TNS

Bob Timmons: Every wild sign from a walk in the Minnesota woods held a lesson

Sports / Outdoors /

MINNEAPOLIS — Monday morning was still and gray and cold in a way that makes nature in winter an authentic sensory experience. And so it was in the mixed woodland on the Meadlowlark and Sumac trails in Elm Creek Park Reserve in the northwest metro.

Amid aspen and oak, I set off with John Moriarty, senior manager of wildlife in the vast Three ...Read more

Best times for anglers

Sports / Outdoors /

(Table for Feb. 14-Feb. 28)

This table lists top fishing times and days for the coming weeks. For best results, begin fishing one hour before and continue one hour after the times given. Times apply to all time zones.

———

Sunday………….......2:25 p.m.......……………...........................2:50 a.m.

Monday……..….........Read more

Al Seib/Los Angeles Times/TNS

Commentary: We need open space, and Washington can help us get it

Sports / Outdoors /

We who live in the West benefit from public ownership of 47% of the land across 11 states, most of it managed by federal agencies. It's our wild backyard — mountains, forests and seashores available to all for free or for a nominal entrance charge. But only 4% of the land in the rest of the country is publicly owned, and even in the West, much...Read more

Best times for anglers

Sports / Outdoors /

(Table for Feb. 7-Feb. 21)

This table lists top fishing times and days for the coming weeks. For best results, begin fishing one hour before and continue one hour after the times given. Times apply to all time zones.

———

Sunday………….......8:20 a.m...…………………….…...................8:50 p.m.

Monday…………........Read more

Jared Stephens/TNS/TNS

Magnet fishing, environmental cleanup reel in anglers amid COVID-19

Sports / Outdoors /

Some Michigan fishers are reeling in rusty hauls for fun during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Magnet fishing, in which anglers use industrial-strength magnets of different weights, capacities and styles to find lost metal items, debris and artifacts in waterways, has been something to do for anglers such as Danny Hepler of Reed City.

Hepler ...Read more

Dennis Anderson: Mystery around bears' reproduction is a reminder of their balancing act

Sports / Outdoors /

Minnesota over the years hasn't been quite sure what to do with its bears. Early settlers feared them or killed them for food, and from 1945 to 1965 the state paid $10 bounties to people who dispatched bruins that toppled garbage cans, broke into cabins or otherwise made nuisances of themselves.

Considered vermin, bears decades ago were ...Read more

Dreamstime/TNS

Dennis Anderson: Wildlife management areas can foster a greater appreciation of nature

Sports / Outdoors /

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota is home to nearly 1,500 state wildlife management areas covering some 1.29 million acres, an admirable collection whose origins date to 1951 and the dedication of a handful of employees laboring for what was then the Department of Conservation and is now the Department of Natural Resources.

One of those conservation ...Read more