It's truly amazing how social media has transformed our lives. Seems like not too long ago there was no such thing as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or TikTok. Where did you go for fishing information, research, brotherhood and fellowship? You spent a lot of time at bait shops, reading magazines and newspapers, or you dialed up into a fishing discussion bulletin board on the world wide web. I'm a geek who preferred the electronic version so I spent A LOT of time online reading everything I could on web forums and discussion boards. I came to find a primary home here with Fishing Minnesota in roughly 2000. I dove in and met a lot of great fishing and personal friends. I was provided the opportunity to get involved with the marketing side of fishing and learned quite a bit about the business of fishing.
I've been saddened to see how participation in forums such as this and others I follow, have crashed with the growing popularity of other platforms.
What brings me here though today is to stop by and say hi to all my old fishing friends. About 4 years ago I started a Catfish/Sturgeon guide service. It has been growing steadily each year and one of the reoccurring themes I seem to experience is how many of my guests refer to Fishing Minnesota Dot Com and how they came to recognize me and my activity there from years ago.
For several years this site reigned supreme when it came to current fishing news and information and a place where everyone was here to help and became a brotherhood for many. While there was always some political stuff tossed in, for the most part it was a place to forget about the world and focus on our favorite past time. Oh how times have changed.....
I hope everyone is doing well and pushing through all the background noise in todays world. What we are currently experiencing does not bode well for our mental health and I hope things change soon before we find ourselves in another 1863 Gettysburg.
I'll share a great experience I had the other night with a Mother/Daughter captured by Ben Garving (Award winning KARE11 photojournalist). He really did a great job in capturing what happens when you forget about outside things for a while and spend time with family and just sit back and enjoy our great outdoors. No matter your political views or your thoughts on our natural resources and how they are managed, this is something we can all come together and embrace.
KARE11 Sturgeon Story Click Here
Yup, I started it. Seeing people post about water temps in the low 40s, and knowing that there will be a lot of cold temps this week....we may see the small bays freeze. I have a vested interest as I'd like to make it up next weekend, but have strong doubts that our small bay will be ice-free. Let's hear those reports as the lake begins to change.
So the weather really tanked!! I was hoping to fish until November before winterizing the boat.
Anyone been out...either reservoirs or up Hwy 53? Any idea of when landings start pulling docks...probably on DNR site huh?
By jim curlee
I'm looking to buy a Ski Doo Skandic snowmachine.
Would prefer the 600 e-tec engine, but will consider any.
2010 or newer.
PM with particulars.
If it would help, I have a 2003 Ski Doo Tundra with the single cylinder engine, for trade, excellent condition.
Heading up to V the first weekend in October. Aside from the casino and The Landing, where can you boat to for lunch?
Fishing Ottertail this past weekend we used my sons boat with a Humminbird Helix 9 Si/Di - Follow the Contour GPS. I also put my Vex SonarPhone one side mount which links to the Boating app. I recorded a track on the boating app with the Humminbird following a 16 ft. contour. As you can see on the Boating App track with Sonar video, ls off a fair distance from the Bird depth track. The boating app is a great tool for planning, searching fishing areas and fair on GPS contours. Both Humminbird and Boating use the Glonass GPS system so no differance between long/lat location.
LakeMaster Vs Navionics Boating HB.mp4
I went on an adventure along the Minnesota river south shoreline, picking up trash and encountering some critters. 😄
With illegal taking of ciscoes for bait, including netting them in Quetico nd smuggling them across the border.
Saw it in mpls trib just now.
Nice little unit that I just removed from a used boat recently bought. Everything seems to look and operate perfectly. Includes graph with mounting bracket, battery cable (fused) and transducer with mount. Buy new elsewhere for $169 or here used for $50. Can ship if you cover the cost.
Here is the mfg description:
The Lowrance Elite-4x Fishfinder, which includes an 83/200 broadband transducer, transmits sonar to track the presence and movement of targets beneath your boat. When you use this device, you’ll know when you’re in the right spot. This innovative fishing aid lets you enjoy your sport with a new level of confidence, even when you venture into new and unfamiliar waters. Its advanced electronics perform well in a wide variety of settings, including lakes, rivers, and marine coastlines.The 4.3-inch LED screen offers an impressive clarity in part because of the built-in noise rejection technology. This specially designed, high-resolution LED color display weighs 3.4 pounds and measures 3.8 by 6.6 by 2.2 inches, making it a compact finder that is perfect for those with kayaks or other small vessels.This design includes all of the features of the HDI Series but with the addition of special sonar technology. This model includes GPS and chart plotting capabilities. It also features a detailed U.S. map with high-definition mapping of more than 3,000 lakes, rivers, and coastal areas down to 1,000 feet. The addition of CHIRP sonar allows you to identify underwater targets more quickly. It also allows you to see targets at higher boat speeds, saving you time.This lightweight and compact finder includes advanced electronics commonly found in larger, more expensive models. The one-thumb operation of the page selector menu gives you fast and easy access to all the fish finder’s features. You’ll save time and get excellent results with Advanced Signal Processing, which reduces the need for manual adjustments. You’ll view the bottom detail, lake structures, and fish that you’re looking for more quickly and precisely. You can also avoid obstacles like submerged branches and rocks thanks to this device. TrackBack technology allows you to go back over the sonar history to check lake structure and fish targets for future reference. The TrackBack feature allows you to save a waypoint, eliminating the need to circle back and retrace your path. This model also supports DownScan imaging.The unit runs on 12-volt DC power. The CHIRP technology operates between 83 kHz and 200 kHz. The DownScan imaging system works with a 455/800 kHz transducer. The Lowrance Elite-4x Fishfinder can be set to a useful range of fishing modes. The Conventional sonar can be kept in General Use Mode or set to modes for fishing in shallow water, deep water, brackish water, fresh water, or clear water. There is also an ice fishing mode. These settings can help you see in water depths ranging from 60 feet to 1,000 feet.
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480 x 272
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anyone else have this??????? also not sure where to post this so here it goes. when i log in to the fishing minnesota side it says there are no topics posted?????? scroll down some of the recent posts show but not in the threads like what used to be normal??????
i dont have this problem on the puters or on the HSO side???????
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By gimruis · PostedIt is supposed to be quite cold for the next 5-6 days and then I saw almost 50 again by deer opener.
By monstermoose78 · PostedBummer going to try to find some ducks this weekend
By Wanderer · PostedDivers are pushing through. At least the ringers seem to be. I see several flocks of 6-12 birds hauling butt south when I’m out. Like ringers seem to do in this state, they are in high gear and showing no intention of stopping. Had geese at the house yesterday but they’re all gone now. Couldn’t get within range of ‘em.
By monstermoose78 · PostedAny duck reports from the week?
OutdoorMN News - Parks and Trails Legacy Advisory Committee seeks applicants (published October 22, 2020)
By Rick · PostedThe coordinating partners of the Parks and Trails Legacy Plan, which include the Metropolitan Council, the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, are seeking applicants to serve on the Parks and Trails Legacy Advisory Committee. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
OutdoorMN News - 4 silver carp fitted with tracking devices on Mississippi River (published October 22, 2020)
By Rick · PostedData will help agencies learn more about invasive carp Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
OutdoorMN News - Safety precautions key to 2 duck hunters surviving falls into cold water (published October 22, 2020)
By Rick · PostedTwo Minnesota duck hunters likely are alive today as a result of good choices they made before and after falling into cold water, and because rescue personnel worked quickly with the tools at hand to ensure a positive outcome. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.