Minnesota Fishing

'Invasive Carp' Invading at Last

Bighead Carp - Elizabeth Sellers

The high waters of Minnesota's lakes and rivers have done more than closed parks, beaches and walking paths this year; the burgeoning Mississippi may have created the perfect conditions for enticing the infamously named "Invasive Carp" to visit our beloved state. Commercial fishermen contracted by the Department of Natural Resources caught a gravid (carrying eggs) female from each of the two threatening species (bighead and silver) in Cottage Grove this past Thursday. Invasive Carp had been thought to be contained further downstream; the two females signify...

Carp to Force the Closing of St. Anthony Lock... Permanently?

[caption id="attachment_248766" align="aligncenter" width="570"]The_Doors_Of_The_St._Anthony_Lock_May_Never_Open_Again Whether carp, boat or Balrog, no one will be allowed access through the lock according to new legislation.[/caption] The freshly christened "Invasive Carp" are back in Minnesota's news. This time because the fish are behind a possible major interruption of Mississippi River's navigable waters; to keep the fish from Northern Minnesota, the United States...

Trout Fishing Opener Swims With Success

Trout River Fish

Though the trout fishing season in southeast Minnesota opened with periods of hail, heavy rain and fierce winds, throughout the day many fishermen were seen leaving creeks and rivers with smiles on their faces. Included in the mix was this fisherman, who left the opener Saturday, April 12th with four trout, a mix of rainbows and browns. The daily trout limit in Minnesota is five. All told, my friend from Rochester and I caught eight fish during the opening day of trout fishing for a majority of southeast Minnesota's popular trout fishing streams and rivers. The skies were threatening and dark to open...

Record Breaking Fish? Or Law Breaking Fisherman? Both.

icefishing How much would you pay for the experience of having a world record-sized fish on the other end of your ice fishing line? $100? $1000? On Tuesday, the Pioneer Press reported Crane Lake resident Rob Scott ended up paying $475 for that thrilling opportunity — $400 in fines, plus $75 in court costs. Back on February 8th, the 65-year-old Scott reeled in a 52 pound, 3 ounce lake trout while fishing Lac La Croix on the Minnesota-Canada border. The finned beast was 45 inches long with a girth larger than my waist...

Ice Likely to Come Off Late This Year -- Still Use Caution

Ice Melt Fishing Minnesota

Ice fishing fanatics may have actually enjoyed this winter's bitter coldness; the ice is darn thick on quite a few lakes still. But even though Minnesota's been having quite a few thaw-less days doesn't mean that the ice is still in pristine condition. We're quickly approaching the median "ice-out" dates for most Minnesota lakes (a few dates are popular knowledge: April 15th for Lake Minnetonka, the 25th for Mille Lacs and the 30th for Vermilion). Ice-out on a lake means that you would need divine powers to walk out to your favorite fishing spot; keep that fact and those dates...