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Best times for anglers

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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..............3:50 p.m......................................................................4:20 a.m.

Monday.............4:45 p.m.......................Read more

Lake Winnie's dark water is back, for now — and the fish are biting

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LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH -- Forgive Gerry Albert if he gets a little excited when he catches walleyes here.

"Here's another one!" Albert shouted as he set the hook on a walleye, working to keep a tight line and run his outboard in whitecaps. "Ohhh, and I think it's a keeper!"

Big Winnie is Albert's lake, so to speak. He's the Minnesota Department ...Read more

Idaho writer gathers the history, images of Idaho's greatest mule deer

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Ryan Hatfield received a slide of a photo taken in 1968 that showed a truckload of hunters and the deer they'd harvested in a motel parking lot. The hunters were strangers to the photographer.

As Hatfield examined the photo closely in Photoshop, he noticed the rack on one of the deer was of notable size.

He considered the quality of that deer,...Read more

Bear wandering through Michigan, N.D., is talk of the town

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MICHIGAN, N.D. -- For whatever reasons bears decide to wander where they don't normally wander, a bear decided to wander into Michigan, N.D., and has caused quite the buzz since June 6, when photos started showing up on social media.

Seth Smaage of Michigan took the first photos of the bear about 5 p.m. June 6, when it was standing just west of...Read more

Navionics one of best fishing apps out there

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Fishing -- turns out, there's an app for that. In fact, many apps. One of the best is Navionics, which produces a half-dozen or so apps that can be downloaded on a phone or iPad. These might not be as specifically for "fishing" as an app such as Fishbox.

But "Boating US and Canada," as one example of a Navionics app, can be critical to have as ...Read more

Trails offer a variety of hiking and other outdoors opportunities, author says

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Ask Tom Watson to describe a good hiking trail, and he'll say it depends on the person using the trail.

There's no right or wrong answer.

"The old saying is, 'Another person's ceiling is another person's floor,' " said Watson, of Appleton, Minn., a longtime freelance outdoors writer and author of several books on trails, camping and paddling. ...Read more

Best times for anglers

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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..............3:35 a.m.....................................................................3:50 p.m.

Monday.............4:20 a.m........................Read more

Man helps restore bluebirds with nest boxes along county roads

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OULU, Minn. -- David Lindelof stopped his Buick along Highway B in Bayfield County and watched a bluebird perched on top of a wooden nesting house, just as a ray of sunshine poked through the clouds.

"It's a bluebird morning for sure now," Lindelof said as he watched the scene through binoculars.

Just about every morning this time of year is a...Read more

N.D. man finds retirement niche building custom fishing rods

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Rob Horken might best be remembered as "Ernie the Angler," his longtime alter ego who did weekly summer fishing reports on WDAZ-TV Channel 8 in Grand Forks. But in retirement, Horken keeps his feet in the fishing waters by building custom fishing rods.

Any size, any color, Horken probably can build it. The retirement gig is...Read more

More fishing tournaments skipping weigh-in

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DULUTH, Minn. -- When Troy Skorich of Hermantown, Minn., and Tim MacDougall of Duluth won last weekend's 2018 Berg Construction Walleye Cup on the St. Louis River, they pulled up to the dock with no fish to weigh.

In fact, none of the 60 tournament boats kept any fish to weigh.

Instead, the winners of the tournament were determined not by ...Read more

Minnesota DNR celebrating success of long-range program to restore trout to Lake Superior

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KNIFE RIVER, Minn. -- In a bobbing, 4-foot sea on Lake Superior, Josh Blankenheim stretched well beyond the front railing of Blackfin, the Minnesota DNR's work boat, to grab a tall buoy attached to a fishing net.

Within seconds of wrestling the instrument aboard, the vessel's motorized net puller revved loudly to retrieve a seine loaded with ...Read more

Two dogs, three adults, one state park add up to 100 ticks in less than 24 hours

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MINNEAPOLIS -- For Anthony Souffle the first sign it might be bad was checking in at the ranger station and his friend asked about ticks.

"Oh, they're out in full force," said the ranger at Glacial Lakes State Park, about 2.5 hours west of the Twin Cities.

Souffle, an avid hiker and camper and a Star Tribune staff photographer, couldn't quite ...Read more

Expensive fishing electronics require proper touch

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DULUTH, Minn. -- John Hanna started messing with 12-volt electronics when he was in high school, installing stereo equipment in his car.

Pretty soon, his friends were asking them to rig their rides as well.

"Eventually I started on my boat ... And then I had friends wanting me to do their boats. It was sort of a hobby that's expanded," Hanna ...Read more

A Seattle program is bringing outdoor education to underserved schools

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There is a burst of whispered interjections -- "Whoa!" and "Cool!" -- when the kids see the rows of snowshoes sticking out of the snow.

Earlier, in a brief in-class presentation, ranger and Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest youth and community engagement coordinator Tessa Rough showed photos of the snowshoes. But most of the Index ...Read more

Best times for anglers

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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..............5:00 p.m....................................................................5:30 a.m.

Monday.............5:55 p.m.........................Read more

With no time to spare, ice-outs unlock the Minnesota fishing opener statewide

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Mother Nature answered the prayers of anglers, bait shop owners and resorters last week with an improbable mix of rain, wind and sunshine that unlocked frozen lakes in time for last weekend's walleye and northern pike fishing opener.

The last-minute ice-outs on Leech Lake, Kabetogama, Winnibigoshish, Pokegama, Upper Red Lake and Lake Vermilion ...Read more

Best times for anglers

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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..............10:20 a.m.................................................................10:50 p.m.

Monday.............11:10 a.m.........................Read more

Outdoors enthusiasts urged to practice tick bite prevention

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Rick Horton of Grand Rapids, Minn., was just back from a spring turkey when he noticed the ticks, about a dozen of them, dug into his skin.

"They were several on my back, between my shoulder blades. And several in places I can't mention," said Horton, who spent three days crawling around in Kansas prairie grass to shoot a tom turkey. "I was ...Read more

Removal of Olympic National Park mountain goats could start in late summer

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It might be time to start saying your goodbyes to Olympic National Park's mountain goats (don't get too close). Some could be removed from the park as early as this summer.

The National Park Service released its final goat-management plan Friday, and the agency's preferred plan -- to remove as many goats as possible for relocation to the North ...Read more

As interest in management of common carp populations grows, so does Carp Solutions

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The fishing season for Jordan Wein and Aaron Claus won't start for another month or so, but already they're predicting a much bigger haul than the 12,000 bronze-colored beauties they scored last year.

Carp Solutions, an upstart private company founded three years ago by a professor at the University of Minnesota, removes unwanted...Read more