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COL Kavajecz returns to share walleye expertise

From staff reports

Keith Kavajecz, a former Rochester man who is one of the top names in walleye fishing in the country, will talk about jig fishing and trolling with leadline at 7 p.m. Monday at the Rochester Elks Club, 917 15th Ave. S.E.

The talk is the highlight of spring seminar of the Walleye Searchers of Minnesota. Free prizes will be given to youths and there will be several drawings for fishing equipment.

Kavajecz has qualified 14 times for the Professional Walleye Trail and was the PWT champion in 2002. In 1994, 2002 and last year, he was the "Top Gun" for highest overall rating. He is a member of the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame.

He began fishing with the Walleye Searchers when he lived in Rochester and worked at IBM and soon rose to the top of the fishing profession. He is known for his boat control and use of jigs; he now lives in Wisconsin.

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The talk is free. Anyone wanting to learn more about Kavajecz can go to his Web site at www.thenextbite.com.

WATERFOWL ASSOCIATION: The Minnesota Waterfowl Association, which had been in financial problems with the Department of Natural Resources because of how it used some money, said it has reconciled with the DNR and U.S. Fish &; Wildlife Service. It has repaid its debts and will continue working with the two resource agencies.

FISHING FLOAT TO REOPEN: The Great Alma Fishing Float, a large fishing float anchored below the Alma, Wis., lock and dam, will open March 20. It's another sure sign of spring. The float is one of several below dams in this region. They are a convenient way for anglers to be on the river without a boat. For more information, check the Web at www.almafishingfloat.com. The float also offers night fishing.

TU GRANT: The National Trout Unlimited organization has given the Hiawatha (Rochester area) chapter $1,500 to continue its work restoring a branch of the Whitewater River near the Olmsted-Winona county border. The Embrace-A-Stream grant is in the final year of a three-year project to improve habitat and stabilize the banks of streams' headwaters.

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