Doug Smith

Even if the fish aren’t biting, the ducks aren’t flying and the pheasants aren’t flushing, Doug Smith says any day spent outdoors is a good day. A Minnesota native, he’s been covering the outdoors for the Star Tribune since 1995. He considers walleyes fried over a campfire to be gourmet cuisine.

Posts about Fishing

Top 10 boat names, with a twist

Posted by: Doug Smith Updated: May 7, 2009 - 10:21 AM

Some of us don't have a boat fancy enough to name (though my modest craft at least floats). But BoatU.S. Magazine has released the Top 10 most popular boat names, and the editors' Top 10 most humorous names. Here they are:

Most popular:
1. Seas the Day
2. Summer Daze
3. Second Chance
4. Aqua-Holic
5. Wind Seeker
6. Dream Weaver
7. Black Pearl
8. Hydrotherapy
9. The Salt Shaker
10. Sea Quest

Most humorous:

1. What College Fund?
2. Stocks-N-Blonds
3. Anchor Management
4. Sweet Em-Ocean
5. Knotty Buoy
6. Reel-e-Fish-ent
7. A-Frayed Knot
8. O-Sea-D
9. A-Loan-Again
10. Really Big Car

Top 10 fishing violations

Posted by: Doug Smith Updated: April 30, 2009 - 5:55 PM

The fishing season officially opens next Saturday  -- though the crappie action has been hot in some spots -- and if you want to avoid a citation, bring your fishing license along.
The Minnesota DNR issued its “Top Ten Fishing Violations” -- and No. 1 on the list was not having a fishing license in possession. Conservation officers issued 240 citations and 2,259 warnings for that offense.
No. 2: Not having a license, period. Officers issued 925 citations and 399 warnings for that offense last year.
Overall, officers handed out 3,115 citations and 4,727 warnings to resident and non-resident anglers last year, which the DNR said was comparable to past fishing seasons.

Some other ranked categories that made the list of frequent fishing violations include:
- Improperly/not marked fish house
- Fishing with an extra line
- Overlimit
- Unattended line
- Exceed length limit
- Fish house left on ice after deadline
- Closed season
- Under length limit

Here's what Jim Konrad, DNR enforcement chief, said: "There is still a need for education since these seem to be the most common violations encountered by conservation officers year after year.''



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