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Heath Sershen

Winona, Minn.

Outdoors
December 8, 2009
The Spring Beauty is one of a diversity of species of spring wildflower that blooms in southeast Minnesota.

Seeking Trout in Houston County.

2009-04-28 Houston County, Minnesota. Conditions: Sunny, 65 degrees, light breeze. I accessed the creek at a bridge on a gravel road that shoots east off the highway. My intensions were to scout the creek downstream to the confluence with the river. This hike is about three quarters of a mile.
Outdoors
December 8, 2009
An average sized Root River Silver Redhorse that was fooled with a fly.

Root River Round-up 2009

About this time every year Eagle Cliff campground gets crowded with anglers. Some would describe them as Roughfishers, others as non-traditional anglers, but to us we are native species anglers.
Outdoors
December 8, 2009

World Class Redhorse

The world record Golden Redhorse was caught in the Root River last year by Andy Geving.
Outdoors
December 8, 2009

Fishing On Minnesota's Root River

A master angler catches fish for mental health reasons. Typically the larger the fish the more mental health one gains.
Outdoors
December 8, 2009
Pool 5A Walleye

Pool 5A Walleyes

Pool 5A has been producing enough Walleyes for me to eat for the last week. We have been taking fish on wing dams and current breaks with 3-inch white twister tails on a ¾-ounce jig head.
Outdoors
December 8, 2009
A 6.5 pound walleye was released Saturday on Crane Lake, northeast of Orr, Minn., near the Canadian border.

BWCA fishing is hot

The walleyes are active on north country lakes. We caught enough for eight guys to eat fish for four nights and once for breakfast.
Outdoors
December 8, 2009

Fishing - I call it recreation.

My understanding of the noun in question leaves me to understand and define it as such. rec⋅re⋅a⋅tion [rek-ree-ey-shuhn] or [ree-kree-ey-shuhn] –noun 1. something created anew by means of some pastime, agreeable exercise, or the like
Outdoors
December 8, 2009
A large sized se Minnesota Brown Trout.

Winona area report

Fishing from the spring creeks to the Mississippi River.
Outdoors
December 8, 2009
Heath Sershen with a 32-inch Shovelnose Sturgeon.

Targeting Sturgeon

I have never caught a Sturgeon. It has been something of my imagination for nearly 20 seasons. Today I set out to conquer that desire.
Outdoors
December 8, 2009
You don't need a hook in your lure to catch fish.

Catching fish with a hookless lure.

Fishing in Winona County is a multi-speices angler's paradise. We have the Mississippi River acting as our eastern border and hills full of spring creeks to the west. This last week found me targeting Gar on the Mississippi with hookless lures.
Outdoors
December 8, 2009
A native Silver Redhorse.

Trash Fish

The dominate human dimensions of angling culture as a nation describes Gar, Bowfin, Buffalo, Drum, Redhorse, and Suckers, amongst several other species as trash fish.
Outdoors
December 8, 2009

Winona Area Report

Trout creeks and the Mississippi River.
Outdoors
December 8, 2009
An angler fishes a "trout creek" for native Chubs.

Fisheries Management for the 21st Century

Angler groups are a diverse population. Their diversity can be identified on a complex continuum that spans multiple dimensions in accordance with environmental, legal, and social experiences associated with catch and non-catch related aspects of a fishing activity.
Outdoors
December 8, 2009

Angling for our Native Lake Sturgeon

Anglers seeking sturgeon will need a medium-heavy or heavy-rod of about seven feet in length. 20-pound test is the recommended minimum for these fish as upon being hooked, they will typically jump and fight well. One to three ounces of weight are recommended. It is important to have your bait on the bottom. Gobs of crawlers, shad, and fatheads all make fine bait.
Outdoors
December 8, 2009
A late season Brown Trout fooled with a Pink Lab.

Late Season Trout

An angler can catch and release trout with an artificial lure with a barbless hook. All of the designated trout streams are open during this special season. An angler can choose to fish their honey hole or to seek sight-fishing opportunities at places that hold late season Rainbows that average nine to 14 inches.
Outdoors
December 8, 2009
The season's first migrating Tundra Swans rest at Weaver Bottoms.

The Fall Migration

November allows birders the opportunity to spot at least 150 different species of migrating birds during the annual winter migration through the Upper Mississippi River Refuge on the Mississippi flyway. The largest population of Bald Eagles in the lower 48 will soon be gathering near Wabasha as well as droves of Tundra Swans, on their way to Chesapeake Bay, and White Pelicans on their way south.
Outdoors
December 8, 2009
Heath Sershen handles a native St. Croix Lake Sturgeon after a long fight to bring the fish to hand.

Fall on the St. Croix

I began to reel in the slack and found that the fish was still there and was running at the boat. I pulled the line smoothly tight and the fight was on. We had two people with four rods in one boat. My fishing partner started to act on our "fish on" plan that we had set on our way to the river. His chore was to bring in three lines and two anchors.