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Saturday — Wisconsin northern zone smallmouth bass harvest season begins. Sept. 1 — Minnesota bear hunting opener. Sept. 2 — Minnesota early goose hunting season. Sept. 16 — Minnesota archery deer and grouse hunting openers; Wisconsin archery and crossbow deer opener; Wisconsin grouse hunting opener. Sept. 23 — Minnesota waterfowl opener (tentative); Minnesota woodcock hunting opener. Oct. 14 — Minnesota pheasant opener. Nov. 4 — Minnesota firearms deer opener.
SAXON, WIS. — Greg Massoglia's gaze swept across Lake Superior on this June morning, and he liked what he saw. Not another boat in sight. "One thing about this new regulation," Massoglia said. "It gave me a private fishing area. Everyone goes to Michigan." Massoglia and his son, Tate, 20, of Saxon, Wis., were headed out of Saxon Harbor near the Wisconsin-Michigan border to see if they could catch a few coho salmon in Wisconsin waters. For the Massoglia family, Lake Superior trolling is mostly about catching fish for dinner, and cohos are hard to beat for table fare.
SAXON, Wis. — For those who knew Saxon Harbor the way it once was, it's still difficult to see the harbor now. "It was almost like a death in the family. I didn't even want to come down here," said Greg Massoglia, an avid Lake Superior angler from the nearby town of Saxon.
In roughly 24 hours, we will be there. We'll step out of the vehicles somewhere in Ontario, have a good stretch, assess the blackfly situation and go. Down the trail. Into the woods. Across the lakes scoured out 10,000 years ago. Right now, I'm at that delicious precipice before takeoff. Gear is packed or stacked. The checklist is full of check marks. All we have to do is throw the food in the packs.
Nearly 7,500 students will complete in the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League Trap Shooting Championship June 12-20 at Alexandria, Minn. For nine days, student athletes representing 304 Minnesota high school teams will compete for individual and team honors. The 2017 Trap Shooting Championship is also the team-qualifying event for the 2017 Clay Target State Tournament presented by the Minnesota State High School League.
Minnesota's spring steelhead run on the North Shore was strong again this year, offering anglers plenty of opportunities to catch the big rainbows migrating upstream from Lake Superior. The strong run continues a resurgence in the steelhead run over the past three years, say fisheries officials with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Biologists monitor the steelhead run at a trap on the Knife River.
Jeremy Kershaw had his heart checked out to make sure he was fit enough for the grueling mountain bike race he plans to ride this month. Kershaw, 46, is one of seven Duluth-area bikers who plan to tackle the 2,745-mile Tour Divide race from Banff, Alberta, to the Mexican border in New Mexico. The race begins on Friday. "My heart's OK," Kershaw said. "The brain tests are still pending."
Those early days owning a bait shop were touch-and-go for Sue Chalstrom. She and her husband, John, had just bought their shop north of Duluth in 1981. Chalstrom's Bait and Tackle would soon become a fixture in the Duluth angling community. "I remember my first morning out there alone," said Chalstrom, 70. She needed more crappie minnows in the tanks out front, but she didn't know what crappie minnows looked like.
June 17 — Wisconsin northern zone smallmouth bass harvest season begins. Sept. 1 — Minnesota bear hunting opener. Sept. 2 — Minnesota early goose hunting season. Sept. 16 — Minnesota archery deer and grouse hunting openers; Wisconsin archery and crossbow deer opener; Wisconsin grouse hunting opener. Sept. 23 — Minnesota waterfowl opener (tentative); Minnesota woodcock hunting opener. Oct. 14 — Minnesota pheasant opener. Nov. 4 — Minnesota firearms deer opener.
ON ISLAND LAKE — Greg Bernu and Bruce Cox had three good reasons to be waiting for walleyes to bite Saturday morning on Island Lake. Both men were fishing in the 22nd annual Kolar Toyota ALS Walleye Tournament on the popular reservoir lake north of Duluth.