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Along the Portage

Along the Portage is the Voyageur's outdoor news section. Here readers find year-round coverage of local hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation. Regular features include the DNR Question of the Week, and Mike Rahn's "Inside the Outdoors" column. Captivating wildlife photos by local photographers are a special addition to Along the Portage.

 

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Early birds going for crappie

DNR Question of the week

Take a kid fishing and fish free June 5-7

DNR: Boaters and businesses must follow aquatic invasive species laws

Area Conservation Officers Reports

'Protect your waters' on fishing opener and throughout season

DNR Fisheries summer fieldwork schedule on Aitkin area lakes

Butterball Lake proposed as state game refuge

DNR plans to sell nonferrous mineral leases

MINNESOTA DNR — The Department of Natural Resources plans to hold a sale of state-owned metallic mineral leases for sites in northern Minnesota in fall 2015.

The DNR invites public input on the areas under consideration, which include sites in Aitkin, Carlton, Cass, Itasca, Kanabec, Koochiching and St. Louis counties, totaling 103,000 acres.

The “Notice of Intent to Hold State Metallic Minerals Lease Sale” was published in the EQB Monitor and State Register Monday, June 22 and is available on the DNR’s website.

This will be the state’s 34th metallic minerals lease sale and the first using a new process designed to increase transparency, provide better access to information and afford an opportunity for public input.

The website includes screening criteria used by the DNR in its review of potential areas for ...

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Recent Headlines

Early birds going for crappie

DNR Question of the week

Take a kid fishing and fish free June 5-7

DNR: Boaters and businesses must follow aquatic invasive species laws

Area Conservation Officers Reports

'Protect your waters' on fishing opener and throughout season

DNR Fisheries summer fieldwork schedule on Aitkin area lakes

Butterball Lake proposed as state game refuge

MN DNR question of the week

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Crappie: Greg Clusiau with a nice catch-and-release crappie, caught while sight fishing. The fish was caught on a Northland Tackle “Fire Fly” jig.

Recent Headlines

DNR Question of the week

Take a kid fishing and fish free June 5-7

DNR: Boaters and businesses must follow aquatic invasive species laws

Area Conservation Officers Reports

'Protect your waters' on fishing opener and throughout season

DNR Fisheries summer fieldwork schedule on Aitkin area lakes

Butterball Lake proposed as state game refuge

MN DNR question of the week

Mille Lacs limit: one walleye

Early birds going for crappie

Early Bird … Up early, like normal, I was sitting in front of the computer, trying to wake up and pondering my fishing destination for the day when my cell phone rang. I thought “who in the world is calling me at this time of the morning?” It was 5 a.m. and I had just started on my first cup of coffee.

A look at the caller ID revealed Keith Nelson, one of too many anglers who knows I am usually up and about at this time. He called to see if I wanted to go fishing, as someone else couldn’t make the trip and he was now going solo.

He pretty much made up my mind regarding where I was going to fish on this day. Living in Cloquet and wanting to try for crappie on Big Sandy Lake, he was an hour away. It was an hour drive for me as well. Twenty minutes later, I was on my way.

This year’s tricky spring weather played havoc with many excellent crappie fisheries and Big Sandy was one of them. However, if anyone could get fish out of that lake Keith could.

Starting out with the closest available spot, we began our search and found extremely tough fishing right on down the line. We were encountering a lot of wild rice that wasn’t up a week earlier. Under normal situations, one can enjoy good shallow water panfishing in the spring, well in advance of the wild rice showing its presence.

Now, however, it was fouling almost every cast and a strong breeze didn’t help matters. If you didn’t cast directly with the wind to your ...

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