Doug Smith

Reporter | Outdoors
Phone: 612-673-7667
Doug Smith, a Minnesota native, has been covering fishing, hunting and other natural resource and outdoor issues since 1995.

Recent content from Doug Smith

Voyageurs National Park: Come for the fish, stay for the beauty

Minnesota’s only national park is a sparkling vista of water, woods and wilderness that straddles the Minnesota-Ontario border five hours and a world away from the Twin Cities.

Updated: May 25, 2013, - 11:27 PM

New Mille Lacs bass regulations under fire

The new regulation is a 17- to 20-inch protected slot, with a possession limit of six, with one longer than 20 inches allowed.

Updated: May 22, 2013, - 01:07 AM

Smith: In face of widespread habitat loss, conservation fight continues

Habitat is the big victim in the wetlands-grasslands war.

Updated: May 18, 2013, - 09:26 PM

Field report: Cold spring has fishing license sales on ice

Tens of thousands of Minnesota anglers figure it’s just been too cold to go fishing — or to even buy...

Updated: May 15, 2013, - 12:52 AM

Angler woes: First a late ice-out, now a bait shortage

Ice on lakes has prevented minnow trapping, and the leech situation is also bad. “I’ve never seen anything like this,” a wholesaler said.

Updated: May 12, 2013, - 12:23 AM

Key Minnesota lakes still will be frozen on opener

It's possible Mille Lacs won't reach ice-out by Saturday's fishing opener, and the likelihood of open water lessens with every step north.

Updated: May 08, 2013, - 12:32 PM

Minnesotans prefer to buy their fishing licenses at store or bait shop

Fishing permits are available over the Internet, but only one angler in 20 buys that idea.

Updated: May 08, 2013, - 12:24 PM

Up North, resorts see revenues going south

Ice is likely to take a toll on the earnings of opening weekend.

Updated: May 06, 2013, - 06:30 PM

Tom Knapp, legendary Minnesota exhibition shooter, dies

Tom Knapp, one of the world’s greatest exhibition shooters who for years amazed audiences at Game Fair in Anoka County, has died.

Updated: April 30, 2013, - 08:25 PM

Nine of Minnesota's top 10 walleye lakes could be ice-covered for opener

Henry Drewes, DNR regional fisheries manager in Bemidji, said 26 to 36 inches of ice covers Lake of the Woods, Upper Red, Leech and Cass lakes

Updated: April 29, 2013, - 12:55 AM

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