At this point, you don’t need anyone to tell you this winter has been an epic bummer. For those who recreate on ice and snow, “Super El Niño” has been a super-sized annoyance.Continue reading “When Making Lemonade, Grab a Tip-Up”
“I got no luck. They just weren’t bitin’. We couldn’t find ‘em. There are no fish in dat lake. The weather was total crap.”
This is a partial list of excuses I had ready in case of not catching anything in the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers inaugural fishing tournament on Tuesday, on Lake Bemidji. A guy has to be ready to defend his honor, after all.
Turns out, there was no need—even for me.Continue reading “Donkey, lumberjack win big in fishing tournament”
The Boundary Waters Canoe Area holds a myriad of wilderness experiences for adventurous types. I’m always looking for adventure and for something new to try, so it’s usually a good fit. BWCA Entry Point 47, at Lizz and Swamp Lakes, was the site of my latest solo paddling adventure.
My trip to Gillis Lake in 2020 burned me up—with both hotter-than-normal conditions and frequent portages. It laid waste to my body. That is what led me to go this year to what I think of as “Minnesota’s Finger Lakes.”Continue reading “BWCA Entry Point 47: Minnesota’s Beautiful Finger Lakes”
I have a confession to make: I’m always in a rush.
It is often a hindrance to having a fulfilling outdoor experience, and not something to be proud of. Most folks would not recognize that tendency in themselves, but I do.Continue reading “Easy Does It, Roy”
If you don’t know how to answer that question, I pity you. If you didn’t so much as recognize that as a word, you could be beyond all help.
Believe it or not, this is a serious matter. I am afraid we have collectively forgotten how to go fishin’.Continue reading “Whatchafishinfer?”