— Andrew Olson (@A_K_Olson) May 24, 2013
Stinnet Landing chute on the Namekagon River, St. Croix 360 photo/Greg Seitz
More than 70 paddlers are making their way down the Namekagon River this week. Greg Seitz from St. Croix 360 is one of the paddlers making the 92 mile trek. We asked him a few questions about the trip.
What draws the group to the Namekagon?
The Namekagon is part of the Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway. It is the only tributary of the St. Croix that is included in this designation, and it is a national Wild and Scenic River. The Namekagon is also longer than the upper St. Croix (the part above its confluence with the Namekagon). I was joking with someone yesterday that we really ought to rename the Namekagon the true upper St. Croix River. As part of the National Scenic Riverway, it is managed by the National Park Service, with interpretive programs and primitive campsites.
New research at the Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve north of the Twin Cities adds to a growing body of evidence that diversity matters in healthy ecosystems.
Vegetation, such as a patch of prairie or a forest stand, is more productive in the long run when more plant species are present.
A new University of Minnesota long-term study of plant biodiversity found that each species plays a role in maintaining a productive ecosystem, especially when a long time horizon is considered.
via Farm and Dairy.
— St. Croix 360 (@stcroix360) May 18, 2013
Over the weekend a large group of paddlers set off to paddle 92 miles of the Namekagon River.
The Namekagon is a Wisconsin tributary of the St Croix River.
— St. Croix 360 (@stcroix360) May 19, 2013
Governor Dayton caught and released this nice size walleye in Park Rapids at 12:25 AM to open the 2013… instagram.com/p/ZKcLvFvCe5/
— Matt(@mpassolt_matt) May 11, 2013
— Scrody Wiener(@Cody_Werner) May 11, 2013
— Steven D (@chasingfogg) May 11, 2013
On May 13, 1979 a walleye weighing 17 pounds 8 ounces was pulled out of the Seagull River in Cook County. The 35″ fish is the largest walleye caught in Minnesota, according to the MN DNR.
There is a great deal of ice still in some of the state’s treasured walleye lakes of northern Minnesota.
“Historically late ice out conditions prove challenging for anglers that will take to the open water and try to hook a big walleye,” writes sports fisherman Ron Lindner.
Lindler and two other seasoned anglers shared their tips to hook a big fish this walleye opener.
By Sue Prom, angler & BWCA outfitter, Boundary Waters Blog Lady
TOP 6 fishing tips for walleye:
- Fish in the BWCA! It’s the best place to be in the state
- Fish at night or early in the morning- walleye are nocturnal
- Fresh line 6-8lb test- walleye have sharp teeth
- Fish where the wind is pushing the baitfish- the walleye will be in feeding
- Live Bait if you can- minnows early spring, leeches in the early summer and crawlers in late summer.
- Don’t spend too long in one spot, if you’ve been there 30 minutes then switch spots, the walleye aren’t there.