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Bass Opener Bust

Posted by MNAngler On May - 31 - 20113 COMMENTS
Bass Opener Bust

The hardest part of Spring in Minnesota for a bass fisherman is waiting for bass opener to come around. It finally arrived this past weekend. I was supposed to go up to my father-in-law’s cabin on the Gunflint, but my wife scheduled her garage sale for this week, so I was stuck at home helping to get the garage ready. That, however, wasn’t going to keep me from wetting a line. I decided that I would try a lake I haven’t fished since before bass opener last year. I landed a 16″... (more...)

Minnesota Bass Opener

Posted by MNAngler On May - 24 - 20112 COMMENTS
Minnesota Bass Opener

The day is almost upon us. Minnesota Bass Opener is this weekend and I can’t wait. I had plans to go up to my father-in-law’s place on the Gunflint Trail, but my wife is planning a ginormous garage sale next week and I have to help get the garage ready. I was disappointed at first, but decided to make the most of it and go fishing around the local lakes. But then Mother Nature decided to throw me a curve ball. As of yesterday, it was supposed to be nice this weekend, but in the last... (more...)

Minnesota Fishing Opener

Posted by MNAngler On May - 14 - 2011ADD COMMENTS
Minnesota Fishing Opener

It’s about 12:30am on May 14, 2011. The crazies truly dedicated are already on lakes across the state drowning worms, leeches, and minnows pursuing the ever elusive walleye. Others will be on the lake by 4 or 5am. Traditionally, this day has always been a big deal in Minnesota. It’s in our blood. It’s in our psyche. (Are you listening, BassProShops?) Me? I was going to head to my dad’s place in WI where the catch and release bass season opened last weekend. Bass season... (more...)

Open Letter to BassProShops

Posted by MNAngler On May - 8 - 201116 COMMENTS
Open Letter to BassProShops

Dear BassProShops, Last fall, I visited one of your stores when visiting my brother in Colorado. If all your other stores are like the one near Boulder, you have amazing stores. The store was clean, well organized, and had an amazing selection of products. So I ask you, Why do you not have a store in Minnesota? Minnesotans eat, live, and breathe fishing. Our state is the #1 in sales of fishing licenses per capita in the nation. We also have the most boats per capita. We fish year-round. And... (more...)

The MNRiverdageous Lunkerdooress Winner

Posted by MNAngler On May - 3 - 20111 COMMENT
The MNRiverdageous Lunkerdooress Winner

The blogosphere never ceases to amaze me. The MNRiverdageous Lunkerdooress Hydra had a lot of fun getting together our scavenger hunt. But it was much better received than I expected. We got a lot of comments about how fun it was. We’re glad you enjoyed playing as much as we enjoyed creating it. Here are the answers to the 5 questions: Journal of a Minnesota Angler: Q: “In which of my top adventures of 2010 did I catch my personal best largemouth bass?” A: #2 (Also accepted answers... (more...)

Spring Crappie and a Few Bonuses

Posted by MNAngler On April - 26 - 20112 COMMENTS
Spring Crappie and a Few Bonuses

On Easter Sunday, I got a call from Mark wanting to go fishing. My wife had wanted me to do some things around the house, but she (like I) was a bit exhausted from a couple of late nights. So since she wanted to lay down for a while, I got the go ahead to go. In March and April in Minnesota, the only species of fish you can “target” is panfish. Hard core anglers get out their light tackle and typically go after crappie. This was what we were after that afternoon. Mark let me use his... (more...)

The MNRiverdageous Lunkerdooress Scavenger Hunt

Posted by MNAngler On April - 21 - 20114 COMMENTS
The MNRiverdageous Lunkerdooress Scavenger Hunt

When I started blogging almost 2 years ago, I thought I would be writing in a silo. I knew other bloggers were out there, but I did not expect to interact with them. Nor did I expect that they would welcome me to their community so openly. Because of this, I feel a responsibility to read and comment on blogs within that community. As such, I started a blogroll of blogs I thought were interesting. Along the way, I picked up an RSS reader and expanded my subscriptions to more than 90. I stopped... (more...)

How to Steam a Fish Whole

Posted by MNAngler On April - 18 - 20112 COMMENTS
How to Steam a Fish Whole

In my last post, I gave instructions on How to Clean a Fish Whole. Now I’ll show you how to cook it. These days, it’s very simple and easy to steam a fish. Back in the day, before there was electricity, my mom had to steam fish in a Pyrex pie plate in a big ol’ pot. She had a cool tool with three prongs that opened up and pulled the pie plate out of the pot. But now, you can have a fish from fridge to table in 15 minutes flat. Just follow these easy steps: Preamble: The Ingredients... (more...)

How to Clean Fish Whole

Posted by MNAngler On April - 14 - 20119 COMMENTS
How to Clean Fish Whole

When I was a kid, I rarely ever ate fish fillets. The fish I ate were always cleaned and cooked whole. And they were rarely dipped in batter and fried. My mom would fry up smaller panfish in a frying pan, but most of the fish were steamed. Below is a step by step tutorial on how to clean fish whole. It’s a very simple process and you’ll be surprised how much meat you’ll be able to get by steaming, frying, or grilling your whole fish. Caution: Some of the pictures in this post... (more...)

Yosemite Frazil Ice

Posted by MNAngler On April - 12 - 20111 COMMENT

The average temp in Minnesota this time of year is around 55 degrees. But this last weekend, it hit 70 degrees F and ice out happened overday (as opposed to overnight) for many local lakes. So in keeping with the warming/melting theme, I wanted to show what happens in Yosemite this time of year. This video made the rounds several months ago. I forget where I first heard about it, but it’s worth another look even if you’ve seen it before. It’s amazing how the ice moves like a... (more...)


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