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Hunting enjoyed by many

For many of us who enjoy outdoor activities across Sunset Country, fall always is exciting because hunting season will keep us busy for a couple of months before a long winter sets in.

While some hunting seasons have been open for several weeks now, this past weekend marked the opening of the gun season for moose and deer.

I certainly can understand that hunting is not for everybody, but the experiences that my friends, family, and I share when we go hunting are all about just being out there mostly.

Remembering our fishing friends

There is a bond amongst those who we share time with in a boat or in the outdoors.

It might be with our parents or grandparents who get us out fishing as kids, friends we spend time learning how to fish with, or that person who we take many weekend adventures with over the years.

The bonds created by special moments or experiences are one of the special things about all outdoor activities for me.

Wrapping up the tournament season

This time of year is always a little bit depressing for those of us who love bass fishing and competing in tournaments around the region.

Although I really enjoy the fall season and all the fun that comes with it, it’s always a little disappointing to know we won’t get another chance to compete against all of our buddies again for eight or nine months.

This past weekend, there were tournaments on Lake of the Woods and Rainy Lake that saw anglers duke it out for bragging rights for the winter.

Busy weekend for fishing tournaments in region

Three fishing tournaments took place over the weekend here in Sunset Country and three different species were the targets.

In Nestor Falls, the third-annual Musky Cup took place on Lake of the Woods while the Shoal Lake Last Chance bass tournament happened on Shoal Lake and a bass/walleye combination tournament took place at Northwest Bay (Rainy Lake).

At the Musky Cup, teams were allowed to measure two fish per day. The team with the most accumulated inches for their four possible fish is declared the winner.

Great fishing seen in fall

With the cold snap that hit us last week across Sunset Country, the fall season announced its arrival.

It’s always somewhat depressing when summer is winding down because it always goes by so quick—even moreso this year because we got short-changed a little bit with the late winter and spring.

That being said, fall is great time of year, especially for those who enjoy all the outdoor activities that are available this time of year.

Fall fishing in Sunset Country

With the cold snap that hit us last week across Sunset Country, the fall season announced its arrival.

It’s always somewhat depressing when summer is winding down because it always goes by so quick—even moreso this year because we got short-changed a little bit with the late winter and spring.

That being said, fall is great time of year, especially for those who enjoy all the outdoor activities that are available this time of year.

Big turnout for ‘Bassin’ tourney

It’s hard to believe but it’s been 18 years now that the “Bassin’ For Bucks” tournament has been taking place in Sioux Narrows.

The brainchild of Sioux Narrows’ bass fishing legends Chris Bell and Mel Giesbrecht, “Bassin’ For Bucks” has become one of the most supported and well-liked tournaments in Sunset Country because of its unique format, which spreads the prize money out and gives anglers a chance to fish one of the most beautiful parts of Lake of the Woods.

Rainy site of fishing challenge

Over the past several years, I’ve been very fortunate to get the chance to appear on several high-profile TV fishing programs with hosts from across North America.

Bob Izumi, Jim Lindner, Chip Leer, and many other TV show hosts have visited Sunset Country during all seasons of the year to experience the great fishing options we have in this area.

In fact, few places on Earth can match the multi-species fishing options we have right here in our backyard.

Musky action heating up across Sunset Country

Across the Sunset Country region, muskies are the fish species that comes to mind when people think about big fish. It’s for good reason because we have some of the best musky fisheries in the world right here in our backyard.

Lake of the Woods, Rainy Lake, Wabigoon Lake, and Eagle Lake attract anglers from far and wide every year but there are hundreds of other lakes and rivers across the region which have excellent musky populations as well.

Hard lessons learned at KBI

The 27th-annual Kenora Bass International went down as one of the best ever this past weekend on Lake of the Woods.

Some 140 teams participated in this year’s event—the highest number in several years.

The weather also was great throughout the event and by the time things were said and done, a bunch of big bass were brought to the scales.