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Nets pulled this fall show that an eight-year-long effort to restore lake sturgeon to the waters of Big Stone Lake and Upper Minnesota River watershed is producing results.
For many who fish through holes in the ice, there’s an anticipation for that first ice fishing excursion that surpasses – dare I say – the attraction of getting in a boat for the first time after a long winter.
The annual event at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center is the unofficial kickoff to ice fishing season.
The DNR conducts the fall population survey over 17 days, beginning the Tuesday after Labor Day, setting 64 nets at sites across the Minnesota side of the lake from the south shore to the Northwest Angle.
The weather has turned a lot of focus onto the ice conditions on Upper Red Lake. The ice is not safe yet and caution should be taken prior to venturing onto any ice.
The business brains who grew Field Logic and Ravin archery equipment hope to hit home run with Trika fishing rods.

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Hank Kohler, who was the keynote speaker last March at the International Water Institute’s River Watch Forum at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, definitely has a gift for gab and a knack for telling a story.
The bays of Lake of the Woods and the Rainy River have developed ice over the week, but much of the ice is very poor and cloudy due to mixed precipitation in the area.
Derik Zimmel owns True North Polygraph and administers the tests for some of the country’s largest fishing events, including the National Walleye Tour and Masters Walleye Circuit

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