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Fish and Fishing Posts

Postcard from Two Harbors, where the trout bite

Sure, it’s a cute little piece of art, but the verse on the backside of this undated postcard puts it over the top.

Hey look, a 45-inch Lake Superior trout

Caught by Steven Gotchie and Jordan Korzenowski on Lake Superior, about five miles out from the Aerial Lift Bridge.

A Nice Catch of Trout from Northern Minnesota

The text on the back of this undated postcard from Gallagher’s Studio of Photography reads simply: “A nice catch of trout from northern Minnesota.”

The 2019 lake and stream trout seasons open on May 11.

Perfect Fish Fry: The Breeze Inn

Competition to name the Perfect Duluth fish fry was fierce but the The Breeze Inn managed to angle ahead of the others to claim the title with 36 percent of the vote among the final three.

Do country-bar fish fries fare better? It’s notable that the three top-ranked fish fries are all just outside of Duluth city limits. Breeze Inn is in Rice Lake Township while Billy’s in Lakewood Township was the runner up with 33 percent of the vote. Wabegon in Superior Township came in third with a respectable 31 percent. Among establishments within Duluth city limits, Bridgeman’s had the most votes.

Game Changer: A Watershed Moment

Duluth-based Blue Forest Films produced this short feature about Alyssa Nelson’s transition from UMD Bulldogs athletics to fly fishing and nature education. Game Changer was screened last weekend during the Great Water Fly Fishing Expo at Hamline University in St. Paul.

Another Blue Forest Films production, Bigotry to Brook Trout, screens on Friday in Duluth during the Watershed Arts & Film Fest.

Poll: What Duluth-area restaurant has the best fish fry?

Who is serving up the Perfect Duluth-area fish fry? In our latest poll, we’re counting on our readers to help suss out the answer to this important question.

Bigotry to Brook Trout: A Watershed Moment

Geoff Vukelich, who lives just north of Duluth, is the subject of the short feature “Bigotry to Brook Trout,” which is part of the International Fly Fishing Film Festival.

Synopsis:

Bigotry to Brook Trout features one man’s transformation from a life of ignorance and hate to quiet solitude on the waters of northern Minnesota. Hard truth and honest self-reflection parallel the beauty of Fall brook trout in this rare display of vulnerability and acceptance. Geoff Vukelich owns his past and speaks his truth, reminding us that we have the capacity to change our lives.

The traveling festival will hit Duluth on March 22 at Zeitgeist Arts.

Lake Superior Sea Smoke Ice Fishing

Video by Tim Mlodozyniec.

Duluth artist Dean Kegler wins walleye stamp contest

Duluth artist Dean Kegler has won the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ 2018 Minnesota Walleye Stamp contest. His painting was selected by judges from among 11 entries.

Fly Fishing for Brookies

Friends Alyssa and Max play hooky with brookies. (Alyssa is also teaching fly tying at the Beer ‘n’ Bugs event at Bent Paddle on Friday [event time is listed incorrectly in the calendar, should read 6pm-9pm].)

Big Jig Ice Fishing Contest 2017

Does anyone know why it’s not going on this year? I can’t find any info.

DNR will close French River Hatchery

frenchhatcheryThe Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced in a news release today it will close a 1970s-era fish hatchery in Duluth Township.

The French River Cold Water Hatchery, located on Lake Superior two miles north of Duluth, needs $8 million in capital investment to address failing equipment, according to the DNR. It also consumes 10 percent of the energy used by the agency statewide.

A hatchery was first established at the location in 1919, originally known as the Lake Superior State Fish Hatchery. The French River Cold Water Hatchery was built in 1975 to conduct the majority of fish propagation. Since 1962, the DNR and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have planted about 300,000 six-inch lake trout along the North Shore each year, resulting in a 250 percent increase in lake trout netted during surveys, according to the DNR.

Perfect Duluth Fishing Opener Experience

At Marshall Hardware yesterday, an older man comes in and asks for handwarmers “because Sam Cook says I’ll need them tomorrow.”

Finding Minnesota: Smelt Fishing on Lake Superior

WCCO-TV‘s Rachel Slavik reports from the mouth of the Amnicon River on Lake Superior during the 2016 smelt run. Apologies for whatever commercial precedes the video.

The Next Bite: Lake Superior Walleyes

Gary Parsons of The Next Bite, along with Josh Teigen and Chris Meyer, troll Lake Superior’s South Shore for walleyes.