Each Saturday this summer, the News Tribune's Outdoors section will publish a list in print and online of big fish caught in our region. It’s called Nice Fish! It’s not a contest. It's just a listing of many of the larger fish caught throughout the Northland.
Anyone can send in the information — it’s on the honor system — and we invite local guides, resorts, bait shops and outfitters to send in their customer’s big catches, too.
To get your fish listed:
Email your information to email@example.com
Or call the News Tribune at 218-723-5322.
Be sure to list the angler's name, hometown, the body of water where the fish was caught, nearest town, the resort you stayed at (if applicable) and the length or weight of the fish.
Minimum lengths and weights to make the list: Walleye, 8 pounds; walleye releases, 28 inches; northern pike, 12 pounds; northern pike releases, 31 inches; musky, 15 pounds; musky releases, 40 inches; largemouth bass, 5 pounds; largemouth bass releases, 18 inches; smallmouth bass, 4 pounds; smallmouth bass releases, 16 inches; crappies, 1 pound, 6 ounces; crappie releases, 13 inches; sunfish/bluegills, 1 pound; sunfish/bluegills release, 10 inches; perch, 1 pound; perch release, 13 inches; catfish, 10 pounds; catfish release, 20 inches; chinook salmon, 10 pounds; coho salmon, 3 pounds; Atlantic salmon, 4 pounds; lake trout, 10 pounds; lake trout releases, 30 inches; rainbow trout, 6 pounds; brown trout, 2 pounds; splake, 6 pounds; and lake sturgeon, 35 pounds.
News Tribune Trophy Room wants your fish photos!
We'd also like to see photographs of you and your big fish (or your daughter’s big fish or grandson’s big fish or wife’s big fish or buddy’s big fish). We'll publish some each Saturday in the printed paper and post more in our online photo gallery called the News Tribune Trophy Room. Email the photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. Use jpg (jpeg) format and be sure to include all pertinent information, including the angler’s name, hometown, size of fish and where it was caught.
Take better photos, protect those fish
The News Tribune strives to promote proper handling of fish that are to be released. If you are going to practice CPR — catch, photograph and release — please make sure to:
Move quickly. Get the fish back into the water, gently, as quickly as possible.
Do not hold the fish by the eyes or gills. Keep your fingers away from the gills while posing for photos.
Hold the fish horizontally and support it with two hands. Do not hold fish vertically.
Fill the frame with person and fish, get as close to the subjects as possible.
Have the sun at the picture-taker’s back and shining onto the subject’s face.
Check so nothing unusual or distracting is in the background.
Tilt the angler’s cap back, or remove it, so we can see their face.
Try using flash to brighten the subject's face.