My fishing line drifted quickly through a deep, tannin-stained pool, nearly as fast as I could cast it back upstream. Snow melt on the north shore of Lake Superior had swollen the normally small stream into a raging torrent.

ALBERT LEA — Two “Bubbas” have this advice for Gov. Tim Walz when he fishes Albert Lea on Saturday for the annual Governor’s Fishing Opener: Don’t focus on catching a walleye — and hope for warmer, cleaner water.

ELBA — Rich Enochs arrived at Whitewater State Park punctually at 9 a.m. Friday. He wore waders and was primed for a great day of trout fishing, and he was on a mission — he wanted to be ready to guide disabled veterans April 14.

It seemed too good to be true. A video circulating on social media recently showed an unnamed man giving a press conference, claiming that the “real” cause of chronic wasting disease has been discovered, and that a cure is less than two years away.

Hunters interested in another opportunity this winter to harvest deer can find details available online at about a special hunt that takes place Friday through Sunday and Friday, Feb. 1, to Sunday, Feb. 3, in deer permit area 346 in parts of Winona and Houston counties.

Hunters shot and killed about 420 deer in southeastern Minnesota in a special late-season hunt as part of the state’s fight against chronic wasting disease.

Brilliant afternoon sunlight reflected off the ice as I drilled my fourth hole of the day. Warm temperatures had melted much of the snow that had accumulated on the surface — but it left a respectable six inches of good ice.

WEAVER — Being wise in the ways of northerns and ice fishing, Bill Glawe wasn’t worried. It was 8:45 a.m. Saturday, and there were no fish on the ice after an hour on the Goose Lake area of Weaver Bottoms, but he remained supremely confident.

It’s been a relatively warm December, but not so warm that anglers aren’t venturing onto ponds and reservoirs in southeast Minnesota.

ST. PAUL — Department of Natural Resources conservation officer Garrett Thomas brought ice picks, lifejackets, augers and some common sense to an Eagan park Thursday, hoping to keep Minnesotans safe as they venture onto frozen lakes this winter.

I must admit to being somewhat surprised on Tuesday when the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced that two special deer hunts are to be held in a large portion of southeast Minnesota in the ongoing effort to halt the spread of chronic wasting disease.

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