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Best times for anglers

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(Table for July 14-July 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.

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Sunday…………..............6:25 p.m........………..........................................................6...Read more

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Dennis Anderson: Did June rain wash away Minnesota pheasant nesting prospects?

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MINNEAPOLIS — More than 10 inches of rain falling in about two days can wreak a lot of damage. To people, yes, and homes and farms and crops and also county roads.

Largely unseen is the threat such deluges pose to wildlife. Some ground-burrowing animals such as woodchucks and gophers — neither of which gains much sympathy from Minnesotans �...Read more

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Tony Kennedy: A rustic Gunflint Trail fish camp inspired an adventurous young woman home

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MINNEAPOLIS — There were days while sunning on Waikiki Beach when Jessica Berg-Collman convinced herself that Hawaii could be her forever home.

Transplanted there from Minnesota's forested Gunflint Trail, she fell for Honolulu's tropical charm. When she dropped out of school at Hawaii's flagship university, she stayed to soak up daily life. ...Read more

Anthony Souffle/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS

Dan Cooke, whose gear-making 'genius' covered the Minnesota outdoors, dies at 68

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MINNEAPOLIS — Explorer Will Steger recalled "emergency mukluks" before his epic expeditions.

Camping guru Cliff Jacobson remembered a specially made, multicolored tarp that caught the eye of a rescue plane in remote Saskatchewan.

Titans of Minnesota's outdoors community like Steger and Jacobson, and everyday folks who used and coveted Dan ...Read more

Best times for anglers

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(Table for July 7-July 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.

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Sunday………................1:30 p.m.....…………………..................................................1:...Read more

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Bryce Miller: Annual fishing trip, nature's sights provide much-needed medicine following difficult year

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EAR FALLS, Ontario, Canada — There are moments of quiet reflection among the jack pine, ash and birch trees swaying gently under the watchful eyes of soaring eagles on Lac Seul, a vast tea-colored oasis in northwest Ontario.

In between jolts on lines from trophy walleye and toothy northern pike, it is a place that puts the world on pause. The...Read more

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Dennis Anderson: Releasing even 'fish of a lifetime' is the ethic guiding many anglers

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MINNEAPOLIS — When Dane Nelson paddled his kayak onto a Minneapolis city lake June 16, he didn't know he would catch a 51-inch muskie. But Nelson, of Minneapolis, a long-time muskie angler, thought he might.

The same is true for Jake Skarloken, who had canoed into Crooked Lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness for more than 20 ...Read more

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(Table for June 30-July 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.

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Sunday.…....................7:05 a.m....………………….…….............................................7...Read more

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Dennis Anderson: 10 tips on how to catch Minnesota's tight-lipped walleyes in midsummer

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MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota's greatest mystery isn't whether the Kensington Runestone is authentic (would a guy named Olof Ohman fib?), whether Marjorie Caldwell masterminded the murder of Duluth heiress Elizabeth Congdon (at trial, Caldwell knitted, and was acquitted), or if Marshall County Deputy Sheriff Val Johnson was in fact attacked by ...Read more

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'I loved the fast pace': Ken Bisbee leaves Pennsylvania's Ohiopyle State Park after 10 wild, wet years at the helm

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PITTSBURGH — For an outdoorsy kid who grew up on the water in a blue collar Lake Erie shore town, becoming manager of several state parks known for their water thrills is about as good as it gets.

After a long career in Pennsylvania park management, Ken Bisbee recently retired from his post as park operations manager at Ohiopyle State Park in...Read more

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The monster Minnesota fish that got away (from the record books)

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MINNEAPOLIS — When Jake Skarloken finally caught a glimpse of the big fish on the end of his line, his jaw dropped.

He knew it was a lunker of some kind when it chomped into the plastic minnow on his jig in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The way it stubbornly hugged the bottom of Crooked Lake for 10 minutes, he envisioned a ...Read more

Best times for anglers

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(Table for June 23-July 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.

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Sunday………….............1:00 a.m........……….........................................................1:30...Read more

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Dennis Anderson: Barred owls targeted for death to save northern spotted owls

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MINNEAPOLIS — Government agencies often issue news releases that are largely devoid of news. But notice sent some months ago by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) about a proposal to kill nearly 500,000 barred owls over 30 years in the northwest U.S. made lots of people take notice.

Including me.

But in my case, perhaps not for the ...Read more

Paul Kitagaki Jr./The Sacramento Bee/TNS

Tom Philp: Nature designed California salmon to never go extinct. Why are they too close?

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Nature designed California’s Chinook salmon to be our forever fish. Why else would each spawning pair of adults produce about 5,000 fertilized eggs? If 99.96% of these eggs fail to produce adults that return from the ocean to spawn, that’s good news. That means all those eggs did their job, resulting in two adult ...Read more

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Dennis Anderson: Boundary Waters hits milestone, but its future isn't guaranteed

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MINNEAPOLIS — This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, which designated the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness one of the nation's first remote areas to be protected in its mostly natural state.

Sixty years is something to celebrate, or at least to take note. But the anniversary will largely go unnoticed. And people who ...Read more

Best times for anglers

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(Table for June 16-June 30)

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.

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Sunday………................7:45 p.m.....………………….................................................8:...Read more

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Dennis Anderson: Where have all of Minnesota's muskies gone?

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MINNEAPOLIS — Muskie fishing opened in Minnesota this past weekend, but excitement for the season's first days isn't what it once was. That's because the state's lakes and rivers hold fewer muskies than they did a decade and more ago.

In fact, muskies — one of the world's most exciting sport fish — are at a crossroads in Minnesota. ...Read more

Best times for anglers

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(Table for June 9-June 23)

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.

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Sunday.…....................2:50 p.m....………………….……............................................3:...Read more

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John Hayes: Why it's well worth the effort to remove fishing litter left behind

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PITTSBURGH — My conservation roots run deep. In my world, fishing isn't about catching, stocking up on food or achieving some mastery over the environment. It's not the fish, it's the fishing.

On a good day I can make my rod, reel, line and fly do more or less what I want. I'm a catch-and-release guy; I rarely kill fish, especially trout. ...Read more

Best times for anglers

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(Table for June 2-June 16)

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.

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Sunday………….............8:20 a.m........………........................................................8:45 ...Read more