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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!

The Dos and Don’ts of Fishing

There are many reasons that people enjoy fishing. While it’s a great way to catch your dinner, there is a lot more to it. It relieves stress, helps you to fulfill yourself and serves as a good way to interact with others. Many people believe that being a good angler means being able to catch a large number of fish. While catching fish is a lovely reward, fishing is mainly about the actual act of fishing. It is important to perfect your technique in order to truly be a good angler. You can have a perfectly rewarding day of fishing without catching any fish. Here are are some dos and don’ts to get the most out of your fishing experience:

Do try out new spots. Many anglers get into the habit of fishing in the same spots multiple times. Once anglers get into the habit of fishing in a certain lake or pond, they stick with that spot because they know the best way to catch fish there. While this may be comfortable, it’s better to change the body of water that you choose to fish in. Changing it up will make for a more rewarding fishing experience. After all, what gets anglers into the sport in the first place is the spontaneity of exploring a new body of water. Figuring out a boy of water that you have not previously explored creates an added excitement that you just don’t get when you consistently fish in the same location. And who knows; you might even find your new favorite place to fish!

Don’t forget any crucial piece of gear. One of the most important pieces to always remember is your net. You never know when you might hook an extraordinary fish. After all, part of fishing is luck. And if you forget your net on a day when you get a large fish, you will be sorely disappointed. It’s the kind of regretful memory that haunts an angler long after it occurs.

Do go with the flow. It’s easy to plan things out and think that everything is going to plan, but this is not always the case. there’s no way to predict how other anglers, the weather, the fish themselves or any other variable will affect your experience. The important thing is that you are able to adapt to your surroundings, no matter what unforeseen circumstances occur. Going with the flow will allow you to have a great time no matter what the circumstances or the outcome. You can have a great time even if things don’t go as planned.

Don’t put off your fishing experience. As with many experiences in life, it is easy to get into the bad habit of putting off fishing in any way you can. Instead of telling yourself that you’ll have time to fish in the future, you should try to go fishing as much as possible. Not every fishing experience has to be lengthy. Plan a fishing tip and go, even if it’s just for an hour. Time flies, and if you don’t go fishing when you have the chance, you might look back and regret that you didn’t take advantage of the opportunity.

Do pass on your love of fishing to others. Most anglers first get into fishing through another person, be that person a parent, grandparent or friend. If you are given the opportunity to teach someone else to fish, you should definitely take it. The person you teach will be forever thankful, and you will have a rewarding sense of pride! Not to mention you now have someone to go fishing with. It’s a win-win!

Fishing is an extremely enjoyable hobby. But you have to be sure to be open to the unpredictable nature of it. If you allow fishing to have its full effect on you, you’ll never regret taking up this worthwhile hobby. If you follow the tips given above, you will find that fishing is relaxing, rewarding and fun.

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