Smallmouth bass are known to return to preferred spawning spots, a phenomenon called “nest fidelity.”

How Mother Nature replenishes fish in spring is an annual wonder

Billions of fish hatch this time of year — an annual replenishing of Minnesota's game species.

Anderson: Some state legislators would again dip into trust fund for outdoors

April 19
Rep. Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake
Public beware: Some again want to dip into lottery-fed environmental fund.

Thousands of invasive goldfish pack chain of Chaska lakes

April 19
Goldfish, a carp native to Asia, feed on lake bottoms, stirring up plants and sediment, which can increase algae growth.
Staffers with the Carver County Water Management Organization spotted the flashy fish this week while doing routine monitoring at Big Woods Lake.
National
April 19

Family detention space goes unused as Trump warns of crisis

President Donald Trump has warned that Central American families are staging an "invasion" at the U.S.-Mexico border. He has threatened to take migrants to Democratic strongholds to punish political opponents. And his administration regularly complains about having to "catch and release" migrants.
Outdoors
April 18
The racing fest last ran in 2017.

North Star Grand Prix bike racing still hopes to roll again

Potential remains for once-popular racing festival, but sponsorship remains a hurdle.
Outdoors
April 18
Bob Janssen spotted his needed bird, an avocet, in a flooded field.

An avocet spotting makes birder's day and list: 225 birds in every Minnesota county

Bob Janssen, a dean among Minnesota birders, headed to Rock County, with an assist from friends.
Outdoors
April 18
The crab apple trees explode in color at Lyndale Park Rose Garden!

Spring, in art and words

An artist and teacher, Nanci Olesen of Minneapolis likes to illustrate and write about her observations outdoors. Here is her take on spring.
Outdoors
April 18
Jay Gustafson

Currents: Jay Gustafson, Paddle for Progress, clean water advocate

What outdoors people are doing, reading, following, and more.
Outdoors
April 18

Walks by moon, walks for birds are part of Minnesota parks lineups

Weekend programs at Minnesota state and regional parks.
Outdoors
April 18
The lake place in northwestern Wisconsin dates back to 1900.

Cabin Country: Wisconsin logging shack morphed into something special

It's gotten some 'TLC' over the years.
Outdoors
April 18

Finding Minnesota hunting mentors is the goal

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers chapter hosts program in Minneapolis.
Local
April 17
Biologists studying the spread of CWD have feared that the disease in captive deer will spread to the wild in places like Crow Wing County.

All deer at Crow Wing County deer farm euthanized in deal to contain CWD

USDA paid owner of deer farm an undisclosed sum.
South Metro
April 16
This silver carp was caught in the St. Croix River, the Minnesota DNR announced Monday.

Latest capture of silver 'flying' carp on St. Croix is 'disappointing' to DNR

An angler caught invasive fish in same area where one was found in 2017. The large fish compete with native species and are a potential threat to recreational boating.
Outdoors
April 16
Young turkey hunters, including those with mentors, and women could use .410 shotguns in Minnesota for wilde turkey hunting under bills being consider

Youth-friendly .410 shotguns gaining favor for wild turkey hunting

Bills allowing young hunters to use lighter guns to hunt wild turkeys are moving ahead
Outdoors
April 16

Senators eyeing a grant program to support high school fishing

State Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, is backing an initial $200,000 grant program proposed by Sen. Justin Eichorn, R-Grand Rapids.
Outdoors
April 14
A bluebell bloom at Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park is a sure sign of spring.

Signs of spring? Of course. Minnesota naturalists, on what they are observing at their wild places.

'Spring is making its presence felt': Minnesota park and center naturalists on what they are observing.
Music
April 14
Hollywood can't get enough of the call of the loon

Hollywood can't get enough of the call of the loon

Almost to distraction, the distinctive wails and tremolos are used again and again in movies and TV shows.
Outdoors
April 14
Andy Lang, right, was joined on his property by Jon Schneider of Ducks Unlimited.

Anderson: Landowners in Minnesota - and elsewhere - creating a movement

Some of the conservation efforts involve land purchases by the Fish and Wildlife Service, the DNR or various conservation groups. More commonly, the lands are accessed through easements.
Outdoors
April 13

Late business mogul Jacobs was a big player in the recreational boating industry

Amid the mourning for the well-known businessman and his philanthropically active wife, Irwin Jacobs is being remembered as an outdoors visionary.
Outdoors
April 13

Irwin Jacobs: '150 yards ahead of anyone else'

Local businesspersons remember Irwin Jacobs
Outdoors
April 12
Snow geese and Ross's geese.

Anderson: The splendor of migration captured the attention on road sprint to Montana and back

Trip to buy a fifth-wheel covered Dakota country witnessing that rite of spring.
Outdoors
April 11
The cabin in the Brainerd area, which the buyers said had to have a sandy beach and face the sunsets, became a perfect retirement anchor.

"Too cold" to see the cottage for sale, so the kids bought it

The place in the Brainerd area was bought for parents looking for a retirement spot.
Outdoors
April 11

Ice-out on Minnesota lakes is ahead of last year's pace

Metro lakes are three weeks earlier than last year.