Fredenberg Minno-ette Hooks New Ownership

Jason Manning and His Wife Brianna Purchased the Minno-ette in December of 2020

DULUTH, Minn. – A staple more than seven decades old in the Northland just recently switched over into new hands. Now the Fredenberg Minno-ette is truly a family affair. “It’s fantastic, it’s something I certainly don’t take for granted,” said Jason Manning, the new owner of the Fredenberg Minno-ette. For this local, longtime radio personality, it’s hard to reel in…

Great Lakes Aquarium Will Take Your Lead Tackle

DULUTH, Minn. – The Great Lakes Aquarium is collecting lead-based fishing tackle in hopes of reducing lead poisoning in wildlife. Working with the Minnesota pollution control agency the aquarium is encouraging people to bring in their lead tackle by giving lead-free tackle as a replacement. Lead can be especially harmful to loons as the birds oftentimes prey on fish who…

Bait Shops Anticipating Busy Opener

With the earlier ice out, the expectations are for anglers to have some nice catches this opener.

DULUTH, Minn. — Bait shops are looking to capitalize on the busy fishing opener this weekend. With the earlier ice out, the expectations are for anglers to have some nice catches this opener. Bait shops are advising to get your license early to avoid the hassle of waiting in line during the opener on Saturday. “We’ll have a express line…

Fishing License Sales Rise Ahead of Opener

With lack of inventory being an issue last season, owners say that this year they purchases their products in advance.

DULUTH, Minn. — As fishing opener approaches, anglers have been purchasing fishing licenses at increasing rate at Marine General in Duluth. The store started selling licenses back in mid September because of the early ice-out on Lake Superior and the smelting season. With lack of inventory being an issue last season, owners say that this year they purchases their products…

Wisconsin DNR: More Fishing Tournaments Using Immediate Release

In catch-hold-release tournaments, anglers transport fish to weigh-in areas, where they're released but not in the areas where they're caught.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin fishery officials say more tournaments are abandoning their traditional catch-hold-release formats. The Department of Natural Resources says the number of bass and walleye tournaments that have eschewed the traditional catch-hold-release format for catch-photo-release rules has increased from an average of six annually between 2010 and 2015 to more than 30 per year from 2015 to…

Busy Barker’s Island Marina Helps Anglers, Boaters Prepare for Summer Season

Barker's Island Marina is Seeing an Influx of Business as Boaters Prepare to Hit the Water

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Minnesota fishing opener casts off on Saturday, May 15th this year, with the Wisconsin opener on May 1st. Aside from inland fishing, owners of big boats are also preparing for the warmer months ahead, and a new season on the big lake. Currently, the environment at Barker’s Island Marina is filled with excitement as the weather…

Lakes, Local Businesses Busy for Wisconsin Fishing Opener

While social distancing and practicing guidelines, anglers stocked up on bait and tackle and took to the water.

SOLON SPRINGS, Wis.- The near perfect weather Saturday lured Wisconsin anglers out for the day many have been waiting all year for: the 2020 Fishing Opener. “It’s been a long winter and get some walleyes, maybe some crappies, bass, whatever it’s, whatever’s biting,” said Kyle Tikkanen, fishing with his son, Kegan on Upper Saint Croix Lake. “Just getting out, enjoying…

Minnesota DNR Encourages Hunting, Fishing License Sales

Revenue From License Sales Help Fund Critical Field Work for the Minnesota DNR

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Natural Resource is urging outdoor enthusiasts to continue purchasing fishing and hunting license this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Tim Walz has officially allowed fishing season to begin as planned on Saturday, May 9. Turkey season is already well underway in many parts of the state. Much of the revenue collected from…

Dogs, Anglers Enjoy Sunny Warm Day on Park Point Beach

Humans, dogs, and anglers out enjoying the weather.

DULUTH, Minn.- The sands of Park Point beaches were covered with some fur on Sunday, dog fur that is. Temperatures in the high 40s called dogs and their owners out of the house. “She’s been locked up for a while along with myself, with everything going on,” said Patrick Bittinger, playing fetch with his dog Bella. “So just trying to…

Angler’s Isolation: Fishing on the Brule River

Coronavirus doesn't keep anglers from fishing for steelhead trout.

BRULE, Wis.- Since solitary outdoor activities in state parks are considered essential in Governor Tony Evers’s Safer-at-Home order, some anglers took advantage of that, casting their rods on the Brule River. The babbling brooks feeding into the rushing river are the only sounds that greet you out along the Brule. “This is about as isolated as we can get,” Eric…

Fishing and Fundraising Saturday on the St. Louis River

The Lincoln Park Business Group is Hosting the 19th Annual Lincoln Park Walleye Open Saturday, June 22

DULUTH, Minn. – Eager anglers are invited to register for the 19th annual Lincoln Park Walleye Open happening Saturday, June 22 on the St. Louis River. Tournament participants will begin casting at 8:00 a.m. anywhere on the St. Louis River. Each angler is welcome to weigh-in one walleye at the weigh-in station on Rice’s Point Landing off Garfield Ave. Weigh-ins…

Captain’s Platter Fishing Contest Takes Anglers to Allouez Bay

15th year of competition brings Anglers of all ages together.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- On Saturday Anglers took advantage of the nice weather out on Allouez bay for the Captain’s Platter Fishing Contest. Over 50 boats full of anglers tried the water and caught some pretty big trout, walleye and salmon. One of the largest was a 23 lb trout. According to the organizers with the Duluth Sail and Power Squadron, anglers…

DNR’s Take a Kid Fishing Event Kicked-Off Today

Minnesota residents can fish without a license this weekend if their child is 15 or younger and in the boat with them

DULUTH, Minn.- Minnesota residents can fish without a license this weekend if they take their children 15 years or younger with them. The DNR’s ‘Take a Kid Fishing’ weekend kicked off today, and that means all weekend long Minnesota families can create memories out on the thousands of lakes in the state. While Minnesotans fifteen and younger don’t need fishing…

Fish for Free! It’s Take a Kid Fishing Weekend in Minnesota

Take a Kid Fishing Weekend is June 7 - 9 in Minnesota

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota DNR is proud to announce the return of Take a Kid Fishing weekend Friday, June 7 – Sunday, June 9. Minnesota residents will be able to fish without licenses if they take children 15 or younger fishing. “Time spent fishing can be can be a way for adults and kids to spend time outdoors together….

Duluth Anglers Reel In Minnesota Fishing Opener

Half a million anglers are expected to get out on the water this weekend.

DULUTH, Minn.- Almost every lake in the Land of 10,000 is filled with Anglers. “It’s peaceful, and just to get to hold the rod and get fish again,” said Angler Jilleine Luoma. And they are all hoping for the perfect catch. “We get to test out the boats, make sure they’re working alright,” said James Orman. “Get to teach the…

Swarms of Boats Out for Wisconsin Fishing Opener

Lake Nebagamon is one popular local lake.

LAKE NEBAGAMON, Wis.- The season has begun to catch Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, and Walleye. At 986 acres, Lake Nebagamon is a place many anglers go to feel those fish a-bitin’. The rumble of boat motors break the soft lapping of the water. “I’m 54 years old, I’ve been out here for that many years,” said Brian Gilbertson….

Wisconsin Fishing Preview

Saturday is the big day for fisherman in Wisconsin

SUPERIOR, Wisc.- Opening Day for Wisconsin fishing season is this Saturday, which means big business for local bait shops. Over at Superior Fly Angler on Belknap Street, fisherman have been lining up to get their bait and tackle as they prepare for the big day. Leadership from that business say fisherman tend to like to buy local, because they have…

Tribal Treaty Fishing Forum

Ojibwe tribal leaders educated the public about treaty rights Thursday night

DULUTH, Minn.- Tonight, Ojibwe Tribal leaders are educating the public about treaty rights for anglers this fishing season. The Great Lakes Indian Fishing and Wildlife Commission. It’s part of the Great Lakes Indian Fishing and Wildlife Commission’s goals. The biggest takeaway from today’s meetings with the public was to prevent false information about treaty fishing. Kevin Dupuis, Fond du Lac…

Great Outdoors: Fishing With Cops at Chambers Grove

Kids learn more about local police officers and how to fish at the second annual event.

DULUTH, Minn. – Local police officers took the opportunity to get outside and bond with kids, hoping to build relationships and bridge the gap between the two. Several Duluth police officers met up about 20 kids at Chambers Grove on Monday for the second annual Hooked on Fishing event. “What better way to interact with the kids, bond with the…

Duluth Elks, Volunteers Teaching Kids to Fish

Teaching Kids to Fish is Happening Saturday, July 28 at Boulder Lake

DULUTH, Minn. – Happening Saturday, July 28, more than 50 children from across the Northland will take part in a fun-filled day of events at Boulder Lake near Duluth. The Duluth Elks #133 along with many local sponsors and volunteers will help take kids fishing, some, for the first time in their life. The group partners with youth centers across…

Twin Ports Walleye Association Promotes Fishing & River Restoration Through Tournament

Coffee Conversation: Walleye Fishing Tournament

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Fishing Opener just took place this past weekend and thousands of fishermen and women took to the lakes to reel in a big one. A group of walleye lovers is also feeling that enthusiasm. The Twin Ports Walleye Association (TPWA) will be hosting its 6th Annual Walleye Fishing Tournament on the St. Louis River May…

Minnesota Fishing Opener Kicks Off

Half a million anglers are expected to hit the water this weekend

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Fishing Opener is finally here and it’s a day many people have been waiting for. Half a million anglers are expected to hit the water this weekend. Several people were at Island Lake in Duluth. One fisherman was looking to reel in walleye. He used the opener as a way to bond with his younger cousin….

Wisconsin Governor’s Fishing Opener 2018 Kicked Off Saturday

Chetek Chain Of Lakes Is Free Of Ice For Wisconsin Fishing Opener, With Perfect Weather

Chetek, Wis. — The 53rd Annual Wisconsin Governor’s Fishing Opener had anglers across the state casting their lines for a first bite on lakes free of ice! Just two weeks ago the Chetek Chain Of Lakes was covered in 20″ of ice, leaving many people wondering how this weekend’s state fishing opener would go. Well, a stretch of above average…

Superior Pursuits Back on the Big Lake

In this week's Knowing Your Neighbors, Captain Parker Bambenek Launches the Elixir for Another Season of Success

McQUADE HARBOR, Minn. – Just one semester shy of graduating from Northern Michigan University, Captain Parker Bambenek of Superior Pursuits was hit by a snowmobiler while ice fishing. That incident left Bambenek with two broken legs and a new outlook on life. “If someone wants to go tomorrow, they can give me a call right now,” said Bambenek. Captain Parker…

Mille Lacs Faces Third Catch-and-Release-Only Walleye Season

Some Ice Fishing Anglers Were Able to Keep Fish This Past Winter at Mille Lacs

ST. PAUL, Minn.-Anglers and resort owners on Mille Lacs Lake face a third consecutive catch-and-release-only season for walleyes. The Department of Natural Resources said Monday that maintaining the restriction for the open-water season that opens May 12 will let it keep the popular lake open to walleye fishing all year, instead of closing it midway as it did last summer….

Ice Fishing Contest Supports Duluth Neighborhood

2nd Annual Ice Fishing Contest

DULUTH, Minn. – One local group is continually working to support its neighborhood in Duluth. The Gary New Duluth Community Club is taking advantage of the winter weather for an annual fundraiser this weekend. The second Ice Fishing Contest and Raffle is taking place on Saturday,  January 13. Teams of four are welcome to join the contest. Registration will be…

New Northern Pike Fishing Regulations Coming in Spring 2018

Regulations go into effect March 1, 2018 for Minnesotans fishing on inland waters

(MnDNR) MINNESOTA – Anglers and spearers going after northern pike this winter can prepare for new regulations that will be in effect for the spring fishing opener on Minnesota’s inland waters. The new regulations on inland waters will be in effect starting March 1, however northern pike fishing is not allowed until fishing opener on May 12. “Pike regulations remain…

Fishing for Smiles at Legacy Lake

Residents at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Silver Bay Embark on a Fishing Adventure Once a Week

FINLAND, Minn. – Every summer thousands of people spend multiple hours launching their boat, baiting hooks and waiting for the ‘big one.’ However, many people are forced to give up their freedom of fishing as they age. In Finland Minnesota, one man’s mission is now a mark on the calendar once a week. “It kind of gets them doing what…

Special Report: Setting Sail with Superior Pursuits

For Captain Parker Bambenek, it took a tragedy to realize what he wanted as a summer career

DULUTH, Minn. – Every year thousands of people, whether local or visiting, love to fish in the Northland. However, adventure seekers are now taking to the big lake more than ever before, boosting the local economy. One Captain we caught up with says it’s not always easy for charter fishing companies to make a go of it in a competitive…

Outdoor Writers Association of America Hosts Conference in Duluth

Outdoor Writers to Meet in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – The Northland has endless terrain for outdoor lovers to enjoy and this weekend some writers will be taking advantage of that as well.   The 90th Annual Outdoor Writers Association of America Conference is June 24-26 in Duluth. This is the third time the conference has been held in Duluth. No other city has hosted the conference more…

Annual Lincoln Park Walleye Open to Take Place This Weekend

$20,000 in Prizes up for Grabs

DULUTH, Minn. – Minnesota lakes have been filled with fishermen lately as the weather continues to improve, and this weekend the St. Louis River will be packed with hundreds participating in the 17th Annual Lincoln Park Walleye Open. It starts up at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 17 anywhere on the St. Louis River. Each angler may weigh–in one walleye…

State Parks Offering Several Programs for Outdoor Fun and Learning

CARLTON, Minn. – Spring is here and summer is around the corner meaning state parks are beginning to bustle with visitors. Kristine Hiller, Jay Cooke State Park Naturalist, says many programs are open to all interested. Hiller points out some are geared toward outdoor enthusiasts, some toward outdoor beginners and some to families and children. Here are a few she…

Getting Prepared for Fishing Opener

Local Expert Gives Safety and Fishing Tips

DULUTH, Minn. – Hundreds of Minnesotans will be heading to the lake this weekend, all with the hope of catching a big one. The Minnesota Fishing Opener is Saturday, May 13. Russ Francisco, the owner of Marine General, says the most important thing to keep in your boat is a life jacket. He adds it’s important all child’s life jackets…

Wisconsin Governor’s Fishing Home Opener

Anglers headed out to their favorite fishing spot on Saturday morning

It’s that time of year again when anglers are arriving in schools, launching their boats at Lake Namakagon. Motors tilt into the water for the first time of 2017 as anglers headed out to their favorite fishing spot on Saturday morning. “It’s always fun to get out fishing it doesn’t matter if it’s cold or warm or whatever any day…

Salmon Season Hits Canal Park Pier

Coho Salmon are Running and Chasing their Primary Food Source, the Smelt.

DULUTH, Minn. – Each Spring anglers take the shores of Lake Superior in hopes of a tasty salmon biting their line. Right now the Coho Salmon are running and chasing their primary food source, the smelt. Fishing is good along the south pier of the Canal in Duluth where many anglers try their luck in hopes to catch the prize…

Business is Booming at Local Bait Shops

A Mid-Winter Warmup Has Not Impacted Ice Fishing, According to Local Businesses

DULUTH, Minn. – We’re learning the recent mid-winter warm-up has not impacted business at local bait shops in the Northland. Store owners at Chalstrom’s Bait and Tackle, and Fisherman’s Corner tell FOX 21 it’s been the best year for ice fishing business in the past five years. It’s a passion for many, only Mother Nature can deny. “Once you’re into…

Technology Training with Lowrance at Duluth Boat Show

Marine Electronics University Available for Public

DULUTH, Minn. – The 51st Annual Duluth Boat, Sports, Travel and RV Show is underway and technology training is being offered there this year. Lowrance is bringing their Marine Electronics University to the Duluth Sport Show. They’re leading a hands–on workshop using Lowrance HDS GEN3 Touch units. Sessions will have instruction on everything from routine setup and product use, to…