Outdoors

Click in Danny!

POINTS NORTH, SASKATCHEWAN - What looks like child's bathtub toys, minus the hooks, may soon be coming to an outdoor store near you.During a recent fishing trip to northern Saskatchewan, Mort Bank, Bismarck, reached into his boat bag and produced three of the oddest fishing lures imaginable ...

COMMENTS BY KIM: LifeStraw, a life saver

When I was in the Canadian wilderness in 2010, we took our drinking water directly from a lake. There was no filter. No processing. The three of us just crossed our fingers and drank, hoping the water was not contaminated. None of us got deathly ill, but we did make a few extra trips to ...

Return to no name lake

POINTS NORTH, SASKATCHEWAN The three of us helped load our gear onto a single engine Otter float plane. We were departing from a lake with no name and hoped to land on another where we would set up camp on a small island and fish as much as we could until the float plane would return four days ...

It worked! Sort of…

A week ago I wrote on these pages about my planned fishing trek into northern Saskatchewan. I shared with you some of my greatest concerns.As you'll recall, the adventure was a return trip to a remote lake that two other serious anglers and I last fished in 2010. It was then that our lead ...

OUTDOORS BRIEFS

Greenwing Day at Des Lacs RefugeKenmare's annual Greenwing Day is planned for Saturday, Aug. 6 at the Boat Dock area on the Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge.Kids up to age 17 are welcome to join the fun, beginning with a bus ride to the refuge at 8:30 a.m., leaving from the Kenmare High School ...

COMMENTS BY KIM: Watch the water

Last week the North Dakota Department of Health issued a warning for the public to avoid contact with water in Patterson Lake. The reason? Blue-green algae.Patterson Lake is a very popular place for Dickinson and area residents. They have every reason to expect decent water but, like other ...

COMMENTS BY KIM: What a difference a day makes

Last month in this highly revered column, I revealed recent outrageous and downright rude acts I witnessed at boat ramps. Those actions included being cut off at the dock, boats moored on the ramp side of the dock and people flopping around in the water while taking FOREVER to get their boat ...

Topwater made for show

Most fishing presentations are made for underneath the water. Crankbaits dive down to different levels. Lindy rigs and bottom bouncers move along the bottom. Swimbaits and spinnerbaits go as deep as fishermen wish to fish them. While those presentations are proven fish catchers, sometimes ...

Spawning prehistoric pallids

RIVERDALE Recovery is a slow and tedious process but there has been continual progress in the effort to restore a once dwindling pallid sturgeon population in the Missouri and Yellowstone Rivers. Pallid sturgeon were placed on the endangered species list by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ...

COMMENTS BY KIM: Muskie trippin’

Those of you who have dutifully followed my courageous exploits on the water know full well that my muskellunge fishing could, apparently, use some minor tweaking. Well, maybe a major overhaul, but please don't discuss my misfortune with others. We fishermen have reputations to uphold!As ...

The fight against ANS

DETROIT LAKES, MINN. - North Dakota has zebra mussels throughout the entire Red River. Biologists would like to keep the aquatic nuisance species from spreading to other bodies of water in the state. Zebra mussels have the ability to choke water intakes and change the biology of lakes and ...

COMMENTS BY KIM: A boat ramp rant

No. I haven't completely lost my mind over this. At least not yet. However, I did cleverly put "rant" in the headline of the valued opinion that follows so as to lure you, the coveted reader, into shamelessly delving into the content of this column. If you've read this far my ploy is working, ...

Waterfowlers boost youth shooting

The first-year South Prairie School trapshooting team received new shooting vests last week, just in time for the state shoot. They also received funding, as did the Minot Gun Club's junior shooting program."It's all about the youth. We want to get a good foundation for them," said Chad Beggs, ...

‘In the swing’ with skeet

Overall the weather was of little concern, but occassionally a clay target would dip or jump. That is expected at any skeet shoot held in North Dakota where the wind can play tricks on shooters tracking clays. Fortunately, the weather didn't play a major factor in a registered skeet shoot held ...

Bird day at Upper Souris NWR

FOXHOLM The day began with a bird walk at 7 a.m. with nearly 15 people participating. The bird walk was held at Upper Souris National Wildlife Refuge as part of a celebration of Migratory Bird Day and the 100th anniversary of the signing of the International Migratory Bird Treaty Act."Since ...

COMMENTS BY KIM: Lake Sakakawea smelt die-off

How severe the smelt die-off is in Lake Sakakawea won't be known until biologists conduct their annual adult smelt population surveys later this summer. What is known is that dead smelt have been recovered by North Dakota Game and Fish from Deepwater Bay to White Earth Bay.According to Missouri ...

A special fishing event

The weather was as perfect as possible for an evening of fishing. The young anglers were delighted too. So were the hosts Minot's NoDak Anglers and Pheasants for the Future.Nearly 30 teenagers with special needs participated in an opportunity to fish this past Tuesday at the State Fairground's ...

Store draws in sportsmen, tourists, tarpon

ISLAMORADA, FLORIDA KEYS - It is unique and it is smack dab in the middle of the "Sportfishing Capital of the World." The World Wide Sportsman store at Islamorada is a draw for anglers of all levels of experience. Tourists and celebrities frequent the facility too."We see a tremendous amount of ...