Bro Brosdahl has an opening weekend tradition. He & main squeeze Heather fish someplace they never have before. This year’s adventure: Rainy Lake. Bro has the details plus everything he’s heard from around Paul Bunyan Country. He also talks new toys, the state of the lakes and is grilled with his first Fast Five.
Paul Bunyan Country Outdoors
Paul Bunyan Country Outdoors features discussion of all things outdoors in the True North. With thousands of lakes and thousands of acres of forest, Paul Bunyan Country is home to some of the best fishing and hunting in North America and you’ll hear from the some of the nation’s best guides and anglers.
Opening weekend has come and gone, but fishing season has just begun. Carl Adams from Timberline Sports in Blackduck says it looks like a good one. The fish were biting on the opener, the number look good and the sizes look great. Red was stellar, Blackduck was producing as well. And those that made their way to the top of Minnesota were having a blast on Lake of the Woods.
Plus, we put the spotlight on the Alexandria Lakes area with DNR Fisheries Specialist Chris Uphoff. Tons of lakes and tons of fish…another gem in Paul Bunyan Country.
The Governor’s Fishing Opener came to the heart of Paul Bunyan Country. In a unique twist, the Chippewa National Forest & the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe are the hosts in the heart of the forest. We were in the heart of the forest at the Norway Beach Visitor’s Center and had conversations with with DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen, Fisheries Head Brad Parsons, Governor Tim Walz, his guide Tom Neustrom and many more.
The opener is upon us and there will be more than a few boats on the water in the Brainerd Lakes area. DNR Area Supervisor Marc Bacigalupi joins Kev to take a look at the state of the fishery in Brainerd. Plus, Toby Kvalevog of Leisure Outdoor Adventures gives his take on the opener and answers the bell for a fast five.
Countdown To Opener: The Spotlight Is On Red…Plus Scott Mackenthun & Bemidji Eagles Tournament Preview
Bemidji Area Large Lake Specialist Tony Kennedy is back, this time to talk about Red Lake. Tony discusses the new 4 walleye limit, the expected rebound from a tough year and even the status of big crappies and trophy pike. Plus, Scott Mackenthun the Hutchinson Area Supervisor and an outdoor writer, talks Central MInnesota fishing and his expectations for opener, and Aaron Schmitz of Northwoods Bait previews the Bemidji Eagles Gary Newell Memorial Tournament.
Erik Osberg of The Outdoor Report checks in with Kev to talk Otter Tail Country as we put the spotlight on the County of A Thousand Lakes. (1,048 to be exact). Like most people we’ve talked with this spring, the water was still frozen on most of the lakes when we talked but that’s clearly not the case now. He discusses the state of the fisheries of Otter Tail Country as we close in on the Opener.
Dick Beardsley of Dick Beardsley Fishing Guide Service previews the opener and while the weekend and wind took care of a lot of ice, there was still some out there when we talked Friday. Plus, Dick survives a Fast Five and we put the spotlight on Park Rapids as the countdown continues to opener. We hear from the new Park Rapids Area Fisheries Supervisor Wade Massure.
Large Lake Specialist Carl Pedersen has all the details on another one of Paul Bunyan Country’s gems…Leech Lake. Leech is a lake where you can catch practically anything (except maybe sturgeon). How’s it looking for 2022? Plus, Steve Scepaniak is ice free down his way and he’s ready to go.
Countdown To The Opener: We Check Out MN's Northernmost Lake & Nate Blasing On The Walleye Alliance Goals
Baudette Area Fisheries Supervisor Phil Talmage discusses the fishing factory known as Lake of the Woods. Walleyes, sturgeon, bass, muskies, northern, panfish…Lake of the Woods has it all in spades. Plus, Nate Blasing of the Walleye Alliance is back to discuss legislative goals, most notably the quest for a statewide four walleye limit.
DNR Large Lake Specialist Tony Kennedy helps put the limelight on Cass Lake and the Cass chain. An amazing fishery with a completely natural population of walleyes and muskies, Cass Lake just keeps crankin’ them out. Plus Andrusia, Wolf, Kitchi, Big and Pike Bay are just a few of the other tasty options on the chain. Tony covers it all. Plus, part one of a conversation with Nate Blasing of S & W Guide Service. He’s also the President of the Walleye Alliance and we recap the banquet and preview the spring tournament.