|Legends & Legacies is series of tales|
about some of the legendary fishing
guides in the Nisswa Mn area written
by Ray Gildow
|Virgil Wards Champonship Fishing Show began in 1964|
That all began to change when the first fishing reports and fish catches first started to make their way to newspapers. Virgil Ward was one of the first TV fishing shows dating back to the 60’s. The Nashville Network (TNN) hosted shows like In-Fisherman, Bill Dance and Hank Parker Outdoors on Sunday nights beginning in the early 90’s. Along these lines of angler education, a trip to the mailbox once a month to pick up a current In-Fisherman or BASS Magazine where articles highlighting idols like Al and Ron Lindner and their cutting edge or tournament winning advice and strategy would quickly be learned from many of the top pro’s and guides around the world.
|Leisure Outdoor Adventures Facebook|
fishing report with up to date info on a
|Lowrance HDS 12 with Insight Map Chip|
|Reaction baits are not only replacing but out |
fishing traditional bait in many situations.
Getting to the spot and staying longer has never been so easy or safer than today. There are many boat and motor manufacturers that produce models specific to all types of fishing. They are getting bigger, faster, safer and more efficient with every model. These advancements allow anglers to fish lakes of all shapes and size under most conditions. Some of the best days fishing today wouldn’t have happened 20 years ago for safety reasons.
|Kruger Farms Pro Korey Sprengel is one of the most|
successful pros on the National Walleye Tour
|Stringers full of fish are being replaced with smiles and photos that tell a story.|
of the biggest changes to fishing. Gone are the vast photos of an angler with little expression holding a giant dead musky or walleye. Replacing them are happy photos with anglers holding a live fish that is tagged as released for another angler to enjoy. The dried up faded fish that hangs in a rustic bar are being replaced with beautiful fiberglass replicas that look better than the original ever did. Conservation and Sport fishing has undoubtedly become more of a common practice for many species. Slot limits have helped fish survival on certain lakes when managed properly and a person can argue fish catches on lakes such as Leech Lake and Red Lake in Minnesota have never been better. It's possible that this will likely become more common practice with better understanding of year classes and slot limits by our local fishery departments.