Category Archives: Fishing & Boating

Fishing &  Boating

See the Mail Boat at the Whitefish Boat Show

[caption id="attachment_5936" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Pictured is Ben Knebel, captain of the Whitefish Mail Boat, with a load of passengers. Knebel delivered mail by a wood boat (at the time one of the only motorboats on the chain) for 39 years. See the restored mail boat at the Whitefish Antique and Classic Wood Boat Rendezvous at…
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About those Buoys

[caption id="attachment_5884" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Boats enter a channel on the Whitefish Chain. Channels on the chain are marked by buoys, which are managed by the Whitefish Chain Yacht Club. The club promotes boating safety on the chain. Photo by Kate Perkins[/caption] If you've been to the Whitefish Chain, you've probably seen the system of safety…
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Tips and Info for the Perfect Fishing Opener- Whether You Fish or Not!

[caption id="attachment_5840" align="aligncenter" width="520"] Smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, walleye, sauger, northern pike and lake trout seasons open Saturday, May 13 on the Whitefish Chain. Photo by Kate Perkins[/caption] You waited for the ice to go out and for spring to come, and now Fishing Opener is nearly here! May 13 marks the day that the walleye,…
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Aquatic Management Areas provide wildlife habitat on the Chain

[caption id="attachment_5554" align="aligncenter" width="600"] This map, from the DNR's Recreation Compass, shows Aquatic Management Areas (AMAs) on the Whitefish Chain.[/caption] In addition to the lovely resorts and private homes on the Whitefish Chain, there are several areas of shoreline that are public and managed by the DNR for natural preservation. These areas, called Aquatic Management…
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Dark House Spearing: A Whitefish Tradition

[caption id="attachment_5406" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A dark house on the Whitefish Chain from Heath's Resort. Photo courtesy of Heath's[/caption] While typical ice fishing gets most of the attention in the winter on the Whitefish Chain, dark house spearing is a whole other facet of ice fishing, and a tradition in its own right. If you're unfamiliar,…
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Kayaking the chain

[caption id="attachment_5140" align="alignnone" width="600"] Kayaking a lake near the Whitefish Chain. Photo by Kate Perkins[/caption] It's easy, peaceful, and a whole different perspective on the lake. Kayaking has been around for a long time, but many people don't realize just how easy, convenient and fun it is to kayak the Whitefish Chain area. Crosslake is…
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See fascinating boats at the annual wood boat rendezvous

One of the most popular events on the Whitefish Chain is almost here- the Whitefish Antique and Classic Wood Boat Rendezvous. On June 18, a huge variety of wood boats will descend on Moonlite Bay in Crosslake. The boats that line the dock at Moonlite Bay for the Rendezvous range from small, ancient duck boats…
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Outlook is great for walleye opener on the Whitefish Chain

[caption id="attachment_4801" align="alignnone" width="600"] John Blong, of Brainerd Guide Service, is pictured last year with his catch from the Whitefish Chain. Photo courtesy of John Blong, brainerdguide.com[/caption] A true Whitefish Chain holiday approaches: Fishing Opener. On May 14 the walleye season opens, and the outlook for fishing is good. Marc Bacigalupi is the area supervisor…
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See the fish at the DNR spring fish trap

Every spring, the DNR sets up a fish trap on the northwest side of the Whitefish Chain so they can collect the eggs and sperm of spawning walleye. But the event isn’t just good for the DNR or the anglers who will benefit from stocked lakes- it’s also great opportunity for members of the public…
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