Category: Fishing

The Absolute Essentials for the Outdoors

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When it comes to the outdoors, there is a sense of beauty and benevolence within its charm. For many outdoor enthusiasts, nature provides a sense of humanity that has long been impacted by the advancements within our worlds. As much as we can continue living out our days with our faces in our smartphones, we have to understand the vital importance that nature brings to our lives.

In the grand scheme of things, the outdoors gives us an opportunity to be one with ourselves. Throughout our lives, we are constantly consumed by our everyday task that we tend to lose sight on the greater things. Especially in today’s world with the rise of technology, many of us have become more distant and superficial from the true aspects of nature. Yes, we all have specific responsibilities and objectives to fulfill, but we cannot get lost and consumed by those responsibilities. If we do, we will inevitably face the overarching perils and downfalls of burning out.

Because of this, I would advise you take advantage of the various outdoor activities that nature has to offer such as camping and hiking. With these types of activities, you are not just gaining the physical healthy benefits of moving and exercising. Instead, you are also gaining the gift of nature. That entails the beauty, the art, and the spirituality that the world has to offer. In many ways, the world is still undeniably unexplored. While we cannot see everything, it does not mean you do not have the chance to engage with life. For years, the natural world has become more withdrawn. We, as a whole, have relied so much on technology that our lives are tailored for a more leisure style of living. But with how the world is now, it is important to enjoy the little things and view the world outside of the rose-colored technology glasses. Yes, various technological activities such as Pokémon Go and Fitbits forces thousands of users to engage with the world. But to truly gain a grasp of the importance of nature, we need to think bigger. We need to do more.

With that being said, I encourage you to spend some time within the outdoors. I may be biased because of my own personal experience and interest, but spending the time exploring and enjoying the world can be incredibly beneficial to your life. It can, in fact, reinvigorate that much-needed positivity to help you for the workweek.

To help you with this, consider the following activities below:

  • Biking
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor rock climbing
  • Kayaking / Canoeing
  • Running
  • Photography adventures
  • Visiting parks
  • Outdoor yoga

While this list can go on forever, just know that the possibilities for enjoyment are endless. You just need to decide whether or not you are willing to take that leap of faith and jump into unexplored opportunities that the outdoors have to offer.

The Beauty and Tranquility of Fishing

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Henry David Thoreau once said that, “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I have not lived.” Exploring the outdoors has become a huge passion of mine. Like many people, it provides an unexplored beauty of adventure and tranquility. As much as we can get lost with the various technological gadgets in our everyday life, I would advise you to take the time and embrace the outdoor world around you.

Now, with it being summer time, one of my favorite pastimes and hobbies is to get out on the water and go fishing. While some people have specific reservations about fishing, what they really need to understand are the positive factors that fishing can have, especially within a group. To begin, as much as fishing is a journey, it can also be seen as an opportunity to escape the pressures and stresses of the world. In my mind, it is an incredibly cathartic experience. Simply getting out on the water with your friends allows you to clear your mind of all worries and enjoy the hunt of the game. While some people may view this as a lackluster activity, the ability to just float around and converse with your close friends is an experience that anyone can enjoy.

As for the hunt, there is a culmination of anticipation and pride. Similar to soccer and baseball, fishing is a patient sport. The much-anticipated wait will continue to build as you sit on the edge of your seat knowing that something out in the water, at any minute of the day, could snatch the bait and land you with that golden prize. While each fishing journey provides a wide range of opportunities, you cannot help but love the unknown.

Now, the true thrill is when that bait is caught. This is what I call, ‘on the hunt.’ Once you get that bite, a jolt of electricity seems to hit your body. For novices to the sport, you can immediately see a sense of gratification and happiness when this happens. In the grand scheme of things, there really is nothing like the first bite. As this happens, that is when you have the corroboration and support of your friends. The excitement and advice from them and the final applause once you reel the prize in the boat is truly a remarkable moment.

But what really makes this special is the camaraderie. As much as you see the support when you catch that big bite, the ability to spend your time with your friends and loved ones in an atmosphere where anything and everything are open for discussion is a beautiful moment. But even with that sense of collaboration, there are still simple instances of pleasant solitude. To just be in your thoughts as you wait for a catch is something people strive for each and every day. That ability to self-reflect and just think is rare and should never be taken for granted.

Now, to wrap everything up, the last benefit of the experience is dinner timer. Depending on where you go and what you catch, many people will walk away with a fresh meal. Yes, there is a cooking portion to this experience, but unlike other meals, this one will have a better satisfaction because you were the one who caught it.

Best Lakes for Fishing in Minnesota

Minnesota borders Lake Superior, the largest of the Great Lakes, and is famous for being home to more than 10,000 lakes. All of these lakes make it a haven for fisherman. Minnesota has become a popular tourist destination for fisherman. Even during the winter, fishing doesn’t cease when the lakes freeze. Minnesotans have learned to embrace their long, harsh winters. Ice fishing has been around since the arrival of early Scandinavian immigrants. But which lakes in the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” are the best to go fishing in?

Lake Louise
Preston, MN
Lake Louise is located in lake Louise State Park, just north of the Iowa border. The lake is 25 acres and man made. It is situated next to an 1,147 acre state park. The lake is only available for shore fishing. While a total of 47 species have been found in the lake, largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie, sunfish and channel catfish are the most widely caught fish in Lake Louise. According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, fish travel into the lake from the Upper Iowa and Little Iowa rivers.

Fort Snelling Lake
St. Paul, MN
Located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers, Fort Snelling Lake is part of Fort Snelling State Park. On the north side of the lake there is a wooden fishing dock, which is handicap accessible. There are also drive-in and carry-in boat launches. This spring fed lake is home to northern pike, sunfish, crappie and carp.

Annie Battle Lake
Whitetail Lane Battle Lake, MN
Glendalough State Park in northern Minnesota is home to Annie Battle Lake. You aren’t allowed to take motor boats out on the 355-acre lake so fishing there is very peaceful. The lake is home so sunfish, crappie, walleye and bass.

Lake Andrew
New London, MN
Lake Andrew is located in Sibley State Park. Crappie is the most populous fish found here followed by walleye and northern pike. At 918-square feet, Lake Andrew doesn’t have any boat access so fisherman have to fish from the shore. The lodge offers free rental equipment.

Lake Minnetonka
Minneapolis, MN
Bluegill, northern pike, and yellow perch are the most populous fish in Lake Minnetonka. The lake covers 14,205 acres and has a maximum depth of 113 feet, making it the ninth largest lake in Minnesota. It is one of the most popular lakes among boaters, fishermen and recreationists. An inland lake, lake Minnetonka is located approximately 15 miles west-southwest of Minneapolis.

With over 10,000 lakes to choose from, Minnesota is one of the best places in the United States to go fishing. For a list of all the lakes in the state check out this list.

Why Should You Go Fishing?

Fishing is one of the most accessible outdoor sports. Almost anyone, regardless of age, fitness level, or income level, can participate. Moreover, it is no longer a sport that mostly men participate in anymore. According to a report by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, over one third of the 46 million Americans who fish today are women. Not only is fishing enjoyable, whether you go by yourself, with friends or with family, but studies have found that fishing leads to a happier and healthier life. Below are a few reasons why you should go fishing.

It’s healthy for you
While fishing itself isn’t necessarily going to get your heart racing, many of the best fishing spots require work, such as paddling, biking, or hiking, to get to. The effort put into getting to these amazing spots is great exercise.

Simply being outside is great for you. Whether it’s sunny or not being outside allows your body to get much needed Vitamin D, which helps keep your teeth and bones healthy. Moreover, studies have shown that Vitamin D has been linked to helping battle depression.

Escaping the chaos of everyday life, especially if you live in the city, helps lower your stress. When asked, nearly ninety-percent of people who fish recreationally said that escaping crowds was their ultimate goal. Today there are even charities whose main goal is to use the power of fishing to treat post-traumatic stress disorder.

If what you catch is big enough, and you decide to keep and eat it, this has multiple positive effects. Fish are an extremely healthy food and an excellent source of nutrition. They are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which decrease blood pressure and lower the risk of stroke and heart failure. According to research, eating fish can also help your eyesight, decrease your risk of asthma, protect your skin from UV-rays (this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t still wear sunscreen!), and cut your chances of developing rheumatoid arthritis in half. Moreover, according to the Mayo Clinic, eating fish can also reduce irregular heartbeats and improve brain function in children.

Friendships
Fishing expeditions usually last multiple hours. This is a great time to form friendships, whether it be with your friends or family. Getting excited over a big catch, spending time talking, or just being in the presence of other people is a great catalyst for great friendships.

Contribute to conservation
Most people who fish are passionate about the environment. By purchasing fishing licenses, fishermen are helping to fund many of the wildlife and conservation programs that exist in the United States. Many fishermen are also advocates who speak to others about the importance of helping our environment.

Fun!
There’s a reason that people still go fishing today, when they don’t need to for survival any more- it’s fun! People of all ages, genders, races, etc. can enjoy the sport, create lifelong friendships and gain invaluable skills. The thrill of catching a fish is unmatchable!