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    Minneapolis, MN, USA
  1. I've seen plenty of otters in the rivers of Minnesota and they don't make much of a dent in the fish population. I'd be more concerned about what your local human populace is putting in the water; water laden with fertilizer, sewage and other forms of pollution wreak havoc with oxygen levels and I'm pretty sure have a much greater deleterious effect on fish populations than small bands of aquatic mammals. Besides, otters aren't strict piscivores, they eat many other prey items; insects, frogs, small rodents, birds, crayfish, clams and mussels to name a few. If you want to keep your rivers hea
  2. I frequently fish from a canoe here in Minnesota. Most fisherman have regular boats, but canoes are fairly common as most of our waters are relatively calm (the notable exception being Lake Superior). Great for holding lots of gear; there are lots of either free or minimal cost campsites and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is almost completely non-motorized so a great place for rest & relaxation (other than the need to paddle for miles sometimes).
  3. Interesting discussion! Here in Minnesota, state fishing laws prohibit the use of treble hooks except on artificial lures (like Rappalas, spoons, etc.) so we have to use single hooks when using live bait (or dead bait for that matter). Circle hooks, snells and J-hooks are most commonly used. While considered a respectable game fish, northern pike are also fairly common in Minnesota waters, and therefore it is not generally frowned on to harvest smaller pike (nicknamed "hammerhandles" or "snakes") for table. During winter ice-fishing can be done with two lines, and alternatively, winter spe
  4. Hi, Muskiebeast - From Canada or the US? I assume you like musky-fishing at least! Dave
  5. My first species was probably bluegill or crappie (small north american fish considered "panfish") and I caught it when I was 8 or 9. Hey, Newt, I did a report in my Biology of Fishes class on the Freshwater Drum! The males have a tendon that rubs on the swimming bladder to make a drumming sound. They have larger than normal otoliths (ear-stones) that were(are) kept for luck. They also have the greatest latitudinal range of a freshwater fish in North America. From Hudson Bay, Canada to the Usumacinta River in Guatemala. Fun to catch and not too picky! 11 lbs is a big one! My biggest
  6. Yes, the walleye is now officially called Sander vitreus The tapetum lucidum, while it may be derived from epidermal cells, coats the inside of the eye, under the cones and rods. The tapetum lucidum has a guanine component in its cells that reflect light back to the cones and rods, much like a curved mirror. This allows them to see in low light and night time conditions. I could use a tapetum lucidum for night time fishing! Dave D
  7. Pretty darn similar to the ones here: Thanks!
  8. LOL - Yah - yew betcha, I know whatcha meen, dere Newt, but wee MinnesooOHtan's don't talk too fast either, doncha know. But, yep, after deelin' with my eest cooast relayshuns, eh, a week er two, I ken be shuure my verbal meetabohlishm will be running somethin' ungodly fast.
  9. Anyone know the scientific name of the perch many of you guys know and love? Just trying to get an idea of your fish - We have perch in my area, but I know they are different. Perch in my area are formally called yellow perch and in scientific lingo Perca flavescens and is closely related to the walleye/sauger/zander. Our perch are usually small, a 3/4 lb - 1 lb perch being referred to as a "jumbo" perch. Dave D
  10. Your pike is the size of my biggest muskie! I've never caught a pike bigger than 12 lbs. I know what you mean. Anticipation often gets me checking and rechecking my tackle, deciding and redeciding which lures, rods, reels to bring along, and if I'm going on a camping/fishing expedition, I check all the hiking/canoeing gear over and over. On big trips, I can't sleep a wink, waiting for the next full day of travel. Ah, but once in a long while reality exceeds anticipation, and that is true angling bliss. Good luck! Dave D
  11. Thanks Newt! I'd love to travel to and fish NC!! I have my east coast relations in Pennsylvania and Connecticut. Perhaps some day I can make down to NC. Let me know when you're in the neighborhood and maybe we can get together to fish the Mississippi or St. Croix. One of my favorite city spots is just below the Ford Dam(Lock & Dam #1) on the Mississippi. Walleyes, saugers, flatheads, channels, white bass, sheepshead, smallmouth, carp can be found in generous amounts on good days. I usually hitch a ride with one of my fishing buddies as I don't have a real boat (though I have a fla
  12. I haven't been able to get out of this state lately - these danged 10,000 lakes and their fishies keep getting in the way! My brother keeps on bringing up a Baja California or a Puerto Vallarta vacation... Need to win a lotto or something . Dave D
  13. Great. Now I'm going to have to save up some $$ to go to Australia besides wanting to revisit the UK. Guess food and shelter are overrated anyway.... Nice fish!!! How heavy was that one? Dave D
  14. While I undestand your anger and frustration having some uninformed, misguided guys pestering you about buying a fish, as an Asian American I find this pretty insulting and demeaning, making a gloating, glib reference to asians tossed into the water like catch and release. While I'm sure I would've felt like tossing them in myself if I were in your shoes, I certainly would've tried to restrain myself (and likely succeeded), and I certainly wouldn't have bragged about it, especially in a manner that makes it clear it was asians I was tossing in. I wonder if they were large maori footballers i
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