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NORTHLAND OUTDOORS

Kayaks see use in the lake country for fishing and hunting, as well as sightseeing tours.
It's not your ordinary tournament. Yes, there's a rules meeting and raffle June 4 with fishing on June 5 at Cragun's Resort on Gull Lake in Brainerd. But there's more to it, the panel explains.
Spottail shiners are the go-to baitfish for many Minnesota walleye anglers from the fishing opener through late May into early June, but supplies have been tight this spring.
Conservationists have spent years trying to stave off a national decline in hunting and fishing, but the 2020 pandemic appears to have righted a sinking ship.

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Complicating the shortage is a Minnesota DNR requirement that minnow dealers who trap spottail shiners in waters designated as infested with zebra mussels must remove their gear by Monday, May 23.
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The action last Saturday was fair – no surprise, considering the weather – but it was good enough to keep things interesting.
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From state parks and national forests, to private and municipal campgrounds, camping options abound.
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Since 1983, students from UMC have planted more than 206,000 trees under a partnership with the U.S. Forest Service.
Cold air moves in for the weekend with some spotty showers.
My first walleye took the bait within a handful of minutes of dropping a line into Lake Winnibigoshish's 48-degree water.

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The plan greenlights a variety of projects with money from Minnesota's outdoor heritage, clean water, parks and trails and cultural heritage funds.
Enforcement action on Upper Red Lake included angling with no license in possession, multiple overlimits of walleyes and failure to display current registration on watercraft.
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For me, the walleye has a mystique I find difficult to explain. The appearance is definitely part of it. Walleyes are beautiful fish, and their color varies depending on where you catch them.

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