Brian Klawitter

Brian Klawitter is an expert in trophy flathead catfish and sturgeon fishing. He owns and operates BrianK's Trophy Catfishing and Sturgeon Adventures. His guiding and seminars first cover safety, then education on fishing for the "monsters of the rivers."

The Fishing Community and Kaden

Posted by: Brian Klawitter under Fishing Updated: July 30, 2013 - 10:50 PM


This past December 22, Kaden squeezed his mom's hand and let go.

This past December 22, Kaden squeezed his mom's hand and let go.



"Kaden's story began on Monday, September 19, 2011 when he fell at daycare and bumped his head on the toy shelf. Even though they were most concerned about his head, he also hurt his knee. Over the next two days Kaden limped around, but didn't complain about his leg hurting...typical Kaden! We decided to take him to Urgent Care on Wednesday and so the story begins..."

This was the beginning of one man's goal to raise money for children cancer research. Bob Pries, a construction manager and volunteer fire fighter in Byron, MN made the commitment to his friend Logan to make the one day, 25 mile hike with the hopes of raising $2,500.00 to aid in finding a cure for the cancer that has taken Kaden from Bob and the Tjossem family.

Bob came to a fishing web site that he's been a member of since 2004 of all places to try and drum up some support. What does a bunch of guys (and gals) that talk about fishing all day care about raising money for a cancer cure? Read on!

Bob set up a CureSearch page to take donations. When he  came to the fishing site he was just under the half way mark of reaching the $2,500.00 goal. Then a fellow that goes by Pay It Forward appears.

Pay It Forward is in his mid 80's and had some history with the generosity of the fishing world himself. A few years back a drunken young adult stole his boat. Well that was after the same young adult tried to swim across the Mississippi River and became lost. Before the police arrived, a local fisherman went out to look for him. Found him hanging onto a tree and brought him safely back to shore. Prior to stealing Pay It Forwards boat, this young adult stole at least eight St Croix rods from the good Samaritan angler. Then he stole the boat and all the gear in it.

Three days later the boat was recovered with a modest $600.00 damage. The labor to fix Pay It Forward's boat was donated by a fine fellow by the name of Dan in Hager City, WI. The remaining $300.00 came in the form of check donations. No one asked for donations. Just posting the story in the fishing forum sparked the kindness in people and the repair bill was paid.

Hand written in on the memo line of one of the checks was the words "Pay It Forward". A check was sent to Bob's fund raising listing $300.00 from Pay It Forward.  This was all that was needed to inspire my mind into thinking about what I could do to help Pay It Forward.  Thus came "The Challenge".

The challenge was for the website member to donate $500.00 in less then 15 days and I would shave my head. First off I really didn't think that amount of money would be raised but it was and I followed through with my commitment.  


Lakeland Barber Shop Donated the Shave!

Lakeland Barber Shop Donated the Shave!

A good friend Jarrett suggested that I have this hair made into fishing jigs, then donate the proceeds to Bob's hike. I knew just the person that could help me out with tying the jigs. Bucktail Wayne, an upper Midwest jig tying legend. With no questions asked he had 25 1/4 ounce jigs tied up and we offered them for sale at $10.00 each. A $250.00 donation was made just the other day.


The folks on the website had fun with my chrome dome and they're still joking about what could be caught on a jig made with my hair. BTW we should have charged more for the jigs with more silver in them. :)  Yes we had a lot of fun and silliness with this, but at the end of the day cancer sucks and even more so in children. Bob exceeded his goal by more then doubling it.

Written May 22, 2013 12:19pm

"One year ago today we sat with Dr. Arndt in her office and she told us that Kaden's cancer had spread to his lung and spine, all while he was receiving some of the best chemotherapy drugs to treat osteosarcoma. Our world turned upside down once again. Today, the Sobiech family will hold Zach's visitation in Stillwater, MN. Right now, osteosarcoma feels alot like the tornado that devastated the town of Moore, Oklahoma. Both cancer and the tornado were uninvited when they decided to rip through all of our families. They didn't care about the destruction and heartache that they would leave in their path. The tornado bounced around Moore destroying many houses, schools, and businesses within minutes. Osteosarcoma moved freely around Kaden (and Zach's) body, disrupting vital organs and eventually shutting them down. The tornado and cancer stole precious lives that can never be replaced. The biggest difference about these two...osteosarcoma doesn't get "the press" like a natural disaster does. The effects are the same however. You ask yourself, "Where do we go from here?", "How do we 'rebuild'?" Billions of dollars will be spent to rebuild the city of Moore; unfortunately, billions of dollars will not be spent on finding a cure for childhood cancer."

"Kaden Samuel Tjossem - born October 19, 2007. May he rest eternally on this day December 22, 2012. He put up a valiant fight against cancer for 15 months and one day. He has finally won because cancer can live no longer inside of him. He is free of that burden and we are so proud of our son for being so strong for all of us. We love you and we will forever miss you Kaden. In Logan's words, "He was the perfect son"

As I was writing this, I read Kaden's CaringBridge pages for the first time. Catfish guys don't let tears streak down their cheeks, but if you choose to read Kaden's Mothers thoughts and feelings, there isn't any way possible not to connect with her heart.

I donated my hair. Few if any of the fishing site knows Bob, Logan or Kaden. The fishing community came together and donated what counts, their hard earned money by Paying It Forward in the hopes of being closer to a cure, not a treatment but a cure for this ugly killer of children and adults.

Many heart felt thanks goes out to all of the fishermen that contributed! I think Kaden said it best.

"all the way to the moon and into deep, deep space, past Jupiter, and back to your heart".



Kaden, you look like a 'ell of a cat fisherman!

Mississippi River-levels dropping-temps rising

Posted by: Brian Klawitter under Fishing Updated: July 29, 2013 - 8:53 PM
Nicole Michel of with her first White Bass

Nicole Michel of with her first White Bass

From White Bass to Walleyes to Catfish, reports around Everts Resort on Pool 4 near Red Wing, MN have been improving over the last month. With the very cold, slow start to the fishing this spring many of us here were thinking about taking up golf.

White Bass- The Lake City DNR's office has been out sampling and tagging this under utilized fighting fish. If you haven't fished for these crappies on stariods, they will not disapoint you with their fight or the taste in the frying pan. The easiest way to get into a mess of these scrappers is to watch the shoreline in the morning or evening. They will school and bust the surface while feeding many times under an over hanging tree.  Using a Shad Rap works very good but casting a popper plug under the trees gives and explosion of water just before the rod starts bending. Once on them, putting 25 or so in your bucket isn't too hard and is down right fun!


Terry and his Daughter Mallory

Terry and his Daughter Mallory

Terry and his Daughter Mallory 


Flathead Catfish- This years Flathead Cat fishing was sent into a tizzy like the other fish. As the water temps rose to the fishing levels, the river went out of it's banks and so did the fish. All of that is behind us now and we're back on fish. Live bullheads around the 8" size have been working well. Suckers in the 8 to 10" size are still working and I wouldn't be afraid to cut one in half using it for cut bait on one of the rods.

Since bait shops with bullheads are pretty hard to find, I'll list a few that I know of that generally have a good supply in stock. 



Four Season Sports in Red Wing

Everts Fishing Resort on the River

Matt's Lucky Bait in Lakeland, MN for all of you St Croix guys.


Here's River Rat Randy and his client with a few keepers from today's walleye guided trip.

Denver Rigging has been very effective in bringing fish to the boat. We've just started hearing of fish being taken off of the wing dams by pitching jigs with Moxies and Pulsars. Good old Ringworms will work as well.  Dragging plastics in the WI Back Channel will put a smile on your face although as the water is dropping the dead heads and sand bars are getting closer and closer to the surface. Be careful out there!

Don't forget the lead core and long line tolling on Lake Pepin has been strong for quite a while now as well.


 Channel Catfish-

Now if your youngster is looking for something larger then pan fish and you feel he's ready to move up to a scrapper fighting fish, Get him or her down to the river with some Sudden Impact fiber bait. The action will be fairly fast and there's no telling the size of fish you'll end up with.  Above is Nicole Michel and her 6 year old Ethan. They're  holding his 10 pound channel cat that had Ethan's rod bent under the boat while pulling drag out. That's going to be a fish he's going to remember for a long while.

Channel Cats are plentiful and can be fished at any time of the day or night. Just last week there was a group of nine staying at Everts Resort and over their three day stay they cleaned over 300 channels cats!

Inexpensive! Just use one of your heavier walleye rods, attach a 2 oz sinker, a swivel, a 1 foot leader using you're fishing line and finally a #6 treble hook. I bend down the barbs on the hook for ease of taking the hook out. Poke your hook into a jar of Sudden Impact and toss it out. If you don't feel the bump of a fish in 15 minutes move close or further away from shore or move to another location. Really, it's a simple as that!  Oh, don't leave your rod unattended. Channels are noted for pulling rods and reels into the river.

Don't forget sturgeon season is just around the corner on the St Croix River!

More information can be found at the bait shops listed above. Or send an email to me I would be glad to help you out.

In the mean time, get out there and enjoy the Summer of 2013!

Mississippi Sauger Bite for Beginners

Posted by: Brian Klawitter under Fishing Updated: December 4, 2012 - 6:02 AM

So what's the trick? After talking to many of the River Rats and Pro's that fish the river, there is a little secret that will help the new person avoid the feeling of frustration that I did some years ago.

Here's my disclaimer. I'm not a good walleye/sauger fishermen. Don't claim to be, don't want to be. But I did want to know what we were doing wrong and it's always a great feeling to help out a fellow angler and to get a note from them after their fishing trip saying your advice help them out.  /end of disclaimer

The river currents are slow this time of year making it a great time for the person that hasn't been on the river much. Couple safety tips that fit the river as well as lakes. Wear a PFD. The inflatables are inexpensive enough and comfortable enough that they can be worn all day without knowing you're wearing one. The whole idea is to stay in the boat, but 40 degree water isn't anything to play with.

Check in at a bait shop for any hazards you need to be aware of. On Pool 4 here, if a bait shop owner tells you where the few hazards are, it's not a big deal. If your lower end tells you were they are it becomes financially annoying!

Fishing overview. You'll be vertical jigging a plastic bait moving down stream at .3 to .5 miles per hour is 25 to 18 feet of water right down the middle of the river. Sounds pretty darn easy huh? The people that come off the river each day fishless might not agree. Hopefully I'll be able to help those folks out below.

First off, locate Everts Fishing Resort on your GPS. Why? Because they have a launch that's open all year round, (yes that means Dec/Jan/Feb/April too) they have the latest tips, river conditions and a fish cleaning house. All that and sometimes meat balls for the launch fee of $7.  Once you stop in ask them what colors are working today. Generally speaking it's light colors on bright days and dark colors on overcast days. Once you know the colors, go over to the plastics wall and look for the Super Doo's. This bait has been around a very long time and is perfect for the beginner to catch fish with. Pick out a bag of each suggested color. This last Saturday Catalpa Orange (pictured) work the best for us. Sunday it was Firecracker. Don't ask me why, I leave that up to the fish.



Check with the bait shop again about the size of jig head. The person fishing up front by the trolling motor can use a 1/4 oz jig head. The person in the back might need to go to 5/16ths because of the back of the boat sway. Whatever weight it takes for you to feel the jig head touch the bottom of the river and that's heavy enough to keep your line vertical. Straight down and not angled at all.

Start fishing in no deeper then 25 feet of water. Yes there's fish deeper, but you don't need to fish there and any sauger no matter what size that comes up out of 25+ fow will die according to the MN DNR studies. As you're moving down stream, again between .3 and .5 miles per hour, drop our jig and Super Doo to the bottom then raise it 2 to 4 inches.

Here's the important part. Hold it as still as you can while you count to 20. Then repeat. The bite will come on the hold.

I know, vertical jigging is popping the jig off the bottom and moving it around, well that's what my dad told me anyway. This maybe true for lakes, but this is the river. The river is always moving. While you're counting to twenty, those tentacles of the Super Doo are DOOing there thing giving it the live action. In fact, if your sonar is telling you the depth isn't changing, eliminate the drop to the bottom. The only reason to drop to the bottom is to make sure you're with n the strike range.

"Let the river do the work for you." "Less is more." Are two common quotes I hear in river fishing instruction when it comes to plastics.



A good friend Kerry Harvey of Brownsdale, MN  and I went out on Saturday for 2.5 hours and boated 38 fish. Kerry, an accomplished sauger fisherman complained that it was a slow day. I was very happy the day we had, of course good company had a part in this too.

Merry Christmas all!


Hot Weather = Stupid Crazy Channel Cat Bite!

Posted by: Brian Klawitter under Recreation, Fishing Updated: July 31, 2012 - 10:10 PM

By the looks of the fish cleaning house at Everts Fishing Resort, a person would think it's the well known March walleye or November sauger bite. Folks from all over the Midwest are hearing about and wanting to cash in on the hard fighting action!

With water temperatures in the high 80's the walleye bite has slowed some but the rod bending channel cats have sure kicked into high gear. No need to fish at night, there's plenty of rod in your gut grunting going on during the day light hours! 

Don't have a boat? There's shore fishing in Red Wing and near Everts Resort. The fishing is fantastic from the head of Lake Pepin all the way up to the dam. That's 11 miles of cat fishing paradise!

Here's a quick "how to" if you haven't tried channel cat fishing yet. Grab your heaviest walleye rod or better yet a medium weight bass rod. Add a 2 or 3 oz "no roll sinker, a sinker bumper, a swivel, about 8 inches of leader made out of your fishing line that's 10 pound test or better and finish off your terminal tackle with a Team Catfish 6/0 Dead Red treble hook. I pinch down the barbs on the treble for easy hook removal.

My bait of choice this summer has been Sudden Impact fiber bait. With the small fibers mixed into this bait it stays on the hook much better and longer then regular stink bait in these warmer waters. Find a good current seam and make your cast. Many have been catching fish in the 5 to 8 pound range within feet of shore making this a perfect shore fishing bite.

Do not leave your rod unattended! Many many rod/reels have been lost to the river by channel cat anglers that say "I'll keep an eye on it!" These guys mean business. They are hard fighting fish that would rather take your rod for a swim then meet the likes of you!

How do the Mississippi River channel cats taste? I've had people that tried channel cat for the first time tell me "they taste better than walleye!" Prepared correctly, there's a slight sweetness to the taste that might make you a closet cat fishing person! Ol' Pete a cat fisherman from way back taught me his way of cleaning them that I'll guarantee you'll have a very hard time telling the difference between a cat or a walleye at the very least.

Filet the cat just as you would a walleye starting behind the rib cage cutting along the backbone. Flip the filet over and filet off the skin. Now clean off any red meat that was near the skin along with the lateral line. Place your filets in a pan covering them with water and hold over night in the refrigerator. The following day, clean off any yellow that appears. This is fat.  Chunk up and coat with your favorite fish coating and pan or deep fry. If you like fish, you'll love channel cat prepared this way!

I do recommend using selective harvest. My choice has been to Catch-Photo-Release channels over 8 pounds and under 3 pounds. But I'll leave that choice up to you.

If your kids have out grown bluegill fishing but still need the action of sunfish, catfish is the perfect fish to target. Relatively fast action, a fight that makes many walleye angler say "I've got the state record walleye on!" only to find out it's a 3 pound channel cat.

Right now is the best time to dial in on some of the years best action!

Good Luck!



Catfishing Tournament Comes to Red Wing

Posted by: Brian Klawitter under Fishing Updated: May 22, 2012 - 9:06 PM


Dr Rob Neumann with a 37 pound Flathead Catfish

Dr Rob Neumann with a 37 pound Flathead Catfish

As fishing for one on Minnesota's top preditor fish, the Flathead and it's smaller cousin the Channel Catfish continues to grow, some like 4 Seasons Sports Shop in Red Wing see the opportunity to really make a splash in the cat fishing world.


This year on June 15th and 16th 4 Seasons will be holding what it hopes to be it first annual catfishing tournement. Not only geared to be a contest of who can hook and land the largest fish in each of the catagories, but also to bring attention to some of the best large catfishing in the Midwest.

Anglers will have to catch the fish and have a plan on how to move the fish that could, in the case of the Mighty Flathead, exceed 50 pounds to the scale without harming it or face a stiff penalty. Then, finally a live release. The Minnesota State record Flathead is 70 pounds.


The Minnesota DNR is starting to realize the passion of the catfish angler as they held three Catfish Work Shops last year. Out of that work shop came the law change where a person can catch a sucker or other rough fish and use it on the same water for bait. Bait is important to the catfish angler. Prior to this change, the angler could take the fish home or release it back into the same waters, but not place it on a hook and angle with it in waters designated AIS infested.

Just as many professional anglers asked the DNR for license fee increases, the cat fishing folks of Minnesota are asking for tighter controls to increase the size and opportunity of fishing for cats.

Hopefully the 4 Seasons Tournement will spark more interest in fishing for a great fighting and tasting fish that swims in many of the Minnesota waters.

Here's the details of the tourney from Chris Winchester of 4 Seasons Sports Shop himself....


Hello Everyone.

It is official we are putting together our first catfish tournament. It is open to Pool 3 and 4 of the Mississippi River.

Thanks Chris Winchester

Rules For 2012 4 Seasons Catfish Roundup Tournament

*Entry Fee will be $25/ person. Shore anglers are welcome.

*Tournament will be limited to the first 100 anglers entered.

*Tournament Hours will be 12:00 p.m. (Noon) Friday, June 15th 2012 – 9:00 a.m. Saturday June 16th 2012. Scales will be available at 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m Friday evening and again Saturday morning at 7:00 a.m. Check in with 4 Seasons to ensure upto date details.

*Tournament waters off limits Thursday, June 14th at 8:00 a.m. until Friday June 15th at noon.

*Late weigh in will have a 5% weight Penalty per minute. More than 10 minutes late will be disqualified.

*Weigh in will be at Bay Point Park in Red Wing, MN

*3 Divisions – Largest Flathead Catfish, Largest Channel Catfish, Largest Carp or Buffalo.

*Tournament limit is one fish per species per angler.

*All Fish must be weighed alive and released. 25% weight penalty for dead fish.

*Ties will be broken by a coin flip.

*All fish must be caught by Hook and Line.

*Tournament waters are Pool 3 & 4 of Mississippi River. Shore fishing is permitted.

*Entry Must be received prior to June 8th. $15 Late entry fee after June 8th.

*All Minnesota laws pertain to this event. If you receive a ticket while fishing this event you will be disqualified.

Payout: Based on Full field of 100 anglers. 95%


Largest Flathead: 1st $500, 2nd $250, 3rd $100, 10th $50 Gift Certificate

Largest Channel : 1st $500, 2nd $250, 3rd $100, 10th $50 Gift Certificate

Largest Rough Fish (Carp or Buffalo) 1st 100 Gift Certificate, 2nd $50 Gift Certificate

$425 in Prizes to be randomly drawn at weigh-in.

To register please Contact 4 Seasons or Chris Winchester for entry form.
Or Download Registration Form HERE<<<

Four Seasons Sports, Attention Chris Winchester, 2301 West Main St, Red Wing MN, 55066

Please call 651-388-4334 or 612-598-7802 with any questions. 

Located in Red Wing MN ~ Pool 4 ~ Mississippi River
Ph. 651.388.4334  
Monday - Thursday 6-7
Friday and Saturday 6-7
Sunday 6-6


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