MNSJ RADIO: Gary Roach, Tim McCauley and Joe Henry



This week on MNSJ Radio, Gary Roach talks about his original 1970 guide boat.  Read more about the boat here.   He also talks about winning the first ever bass tournament in Minnesota, what his thoughts on Mille Lacs are and more.

Also, Tim McCauley from Dog Lovers 4 Safe Trapping explains possible new trapping regulations and whether or not the current regulations are doing enough to keep dogs safe.

And Joe Henry is back with another Lake of the Woods Fishing Report.

Here’s when and where you can listen to the show: 

  1. Fargo: AM 970 WDAY  Saturdays at 6am  (LISTEN LIVE)
  2. Park Rapids: AM 870 KPRM Sundays at 7am
  3. Walker: AM 1570 KAKK  96.3 FM Saturdays 8:00a
  4. Wadena: AM 1070 KVKK Saturdays 7:00a
  5. Wahpeton: AM 1450 KBMW Saturdays at 8:00a (LISTEN LIVE)
  6. Grand Forks: AM1310 KNOX Saturdays at 10a (LISTEN LIVE)
  7. Fergus Falls:  AM 1020 THE GAME Saturdays at 10a 
  8. MontevideoAM 1460 KDMA Saturdays at 9am
  9. BemidjiAM 820 WBKK Sundays at 7am
  10. St CloudAM 1450 KNSI/103.3 FM Sundays at 6am *NEW TIME  (LISTEN LIVE)
  11. Ely94.5 FM WELY, Saturdays at 6AM  (LISTEN LIVE)
  12. Hibbing: AM 650 WNMT, Sundays at 8AM
  13. Worthington: AM 730 KWOA, Saturdays at 1PM
To get MNSJ Radio on your station, contact us here.  Easy downloadable delivery, exclusive territory and no barter agreement.




Geese can be ornery creatures.

So can loons.

During the nesting season, both birds show territorial behavior and will attempt to chase off intruders of all shapes and sizes.  Who hasn’t strolled near a goose in a park or golf course and been noisily chastised until you are a safe distance away?

What happens when a goose decides to take up residence on a loon nest?  Watch the Minnesota Bound Loon Cam and find out!

Things start to get interesting around the 4:30 mark, then the loons decide enough is enough and kick out the intruder around the 7:30 mark.

Watch the video here. 


THE ORIGINAL: Gary Roach’s Original 1970 Guide Boat Restored



by Bret Amundson

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The 1970’s.

Pant legs were wider, popular music was unlistenable and fishing was good.  The times were simpler  and the gear was minimal.   You had to work to find those secret fishing spots and work harder to remember where they were.  Boat essentials of today like GPS systems and live wells were nonexistent.  With one exception: Gary Roach’s original guide boat.

This boat, a 1970 315 Tri-hull Shell Lake Lund, would be restored and on display at the “8th Annual Fishing with the Pros” that was held recently at the Falls Ballroom in Little Falls.  Funds would be raised for the Minnesota Fishing Museum as part of the festivities and you can see pictures of the museum here. 

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Gary Roach shows off his original guide boat, complete with a tournament trophy and photo. Hear about that experience on this weekend’s MNSJ Radio Show.


“It was the first boat I ever owned on my own,” Roach explained. “Most all the guides up in Nisswa used it.”

“What’s so neat about this, is that I found it!” Roach said describing the experience of finding the 45-year-old artifact that paved the way for modern vessels.  “A guy knew where my original boat was.  It was laying in the woods up by Duluth somewhere.  He went all the way up there and found this boat, put it on a flatbed trailer and dumped it in my yard!  It had all the original signage on it, Lindy, Little Joe….(but) it didn’t have my motor, I don’t know what happened to the motor, but they replaced the motor with an original motor like the one I had, a 19-horse Johnson.”

So there it sat.  Quietly hidden by leaves and rock, surrounded by the north woods, waiting to be rediscovered.  Now restored and sea-worthy.  It’s rumored that fish in the Brainerd area suddenly started seizing up in fear and floating to the top, diagnosed with heart attacks.

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“It was in bad shape.  The transom was bad.  It was actually the first boat that I put a live well in, a storage area in, a place for the gas tank…it had a stick shift on it, and I had a trolling motor on the bow way before the things that happened with Lund many years later.”

Can we thank Mr Walleye for the boat designs you see today?

“Yeah, now they put live wells in them, they design for them.  The water pickup system-which I helped design.  They put carpet in them, they put storage areas in them.  It keeps going forever and ever and Lund’s just made them better and better. But this was the original start of the whole thing.”

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The start of fishing done the “easy” way. With all the bells and whistles that make us look good on the water.  Something tells me that Mr Walleye could launch it and have a limit of fish the old-fashioned way, while we’re still punching in coordinates to our electronics.  

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Roach went on to talk about winning the first ever Bass tournament in the state, held on Lake Minnetonka, what his thoughts are on the Mille Lacs situation and what his favorite body of water to fish is.  Hear the entire interview on this weekend’s MNSJ Radio show.  Find a station and time to tune in here.   You can also see more pictures and read the entire interview in an upcoming issue of Minnesota Sporting Journal magazine.  Subscribe today. 

Winchester SXP Shotgun Recall – Video



Over the last few days we’ve seen a couple of videos going around that show a brand new Winchester SXP firing unintentionally.  This has since “triggered” a recall that should be taken seriously.  Fortunately we haven’t heard of anyone being hurt.  Another reason why you are taught not to point your gun at anything you don’t want to shoot!

Here is the first video we saw regarding this issue: Click here

Here is the recall information from Winchester: Click here 

Winchester Repeating Arms has discovered that a limited number of SXP (3 1⁄2″ chamber) shotguns (also called the Super X Pump) may, under certain circumstances, unintentionally discharge while closing the action. Failure to return any affected shotguns for inspection and/or repair may create a risk of harm, including serious personal injury or death.

If you own one of the following firearms, please immediately contact our Winchester Consumer Administrative Center to find out if your firearm is affected and should be returned. Please be prepared to provide the serial number of your firearm.







26″ or 28″




26″ or 28″










If you have purchased one or more of the shotguns listed above, and have confirmed with the Winchester Consumer Administrative Center that it is an affected shotgun, please note that such shotguns should not, under any circumstance, be fired until they have been inspected and/or repaired by the Winchester Repeating Arms Service Center.

For further information and instructions, please contact the Winchester Consumer Administrative Center:

CALL: 1-800-945-5372

Reelin’ in the Years: Trolling Through The Minnesota Fishing Museum


by Bret Amundson

I’d felt like I’d just stepped into one of those black and white photos. The ones that show a happy family on vacation at the lake. There’d be a beach in the background complete with an old wooden dock and a boat tied up to it. Fisherman would be stepping out holding an old metal stringer full of fish in one hand and a small metal tackle box in the other. What that box held inside was now on display all around me as I carefully strolled through the Minnesota Fishing Museum in Little Falls.

Ice Fishing Diorama

Ice Fishing Diorama

It’s only fitting that the state with 10,000 (+) lakes has a fishing museum and anyone who has ever dipped a line needs to see it. Antique lures, vintage wooden boats and classic motors filled the floor space from corner to corner.  Crankbaits, spoons and lures no one has ever heard before hung in display cases on the walls. Rods, reels and electronics that paved the way for today’s toys are featured as well. But I was looking for the stories behind some of these items.

Al Baert of Sartell, Minnesota hatched the idea for the museum in 1990. According to their website,, Al had some help from friends, and finally saw his dream become reality in 1998 when the Little Falls City Council donated space in the Cass Gilbert Depot Building. Within 6 months, it was clear more space was needed and the museum moved to it’s current location of 304 West Broadway in Little Falls.

Check out the gallery below to see the vintage items and get the stories behind them from Al. 

Soon the Museum and the Minnesota Fishing Hall of Fame will be located together as the two organizations have come to an agreement that they belong under the same roof.

As Al took me from one side of the museum to the other, I couldn’t help but hear stories of fish caught and fish lost spinning inside my head. Of tall-tales, exaggerations and of slaps on the back at the end of the day.

Some history still needs to be told as the museum held mystery lures that have been donated, yet their origins remain unknown.   After spending enough time around fisherman, it’s also possible that some secrets will never be revealed. The honey-holes and secret lakes that the many of these hooks trolled through will remain undisclosed. The backwater ponds that the old trolling motors patrolled and the big fish that were quietly caught and slipped back into the water to be caught again-ideally by the same fisherman-will stay hidden away.   Some stories weren’t meant to be told, but sometimes the imagination paints a better picture anyway. One of old back and white snapshots, with smiling anglers holding fish that were bigger on stringers that were fuller-simply because it was the good ol’ days. When times were slower, gear was simpler and the fishing was always good.

See the pictures and their stories below.  Then listen to this weekend’s MNSJ Radio show to hear more about the Minnesota Fishing Museum with Al Baert.

If You Go:

Where: 304 West Broadway, Little Falls, MN

Contact: 320-616-2011

Hours: Tues – Sat 10a – 5, Sun – Mon Closed

Admission: Adults $5, Seniors $4, Students $4, Age 5 and Under Free



photo courtesy of Minnesota DNR

photo courtesy of Minnesota DNR




From the DNR:

For trout fishing in southeastern Minnesota,
these are the good old days

If waiting until Saturday, May 9, for the walleye opener seems like an exercise in extreme patience, an entirely different type of fishing can be found after a short hike to the bank of a southeastern Minnesota trout stream.“The Minnesota stream trout opener is Saturday, April 18, and the southeastern part of the state is an angler’s paradise for anyone willing to park the boat and do some walking and wading,” said Vaughn Snook, Lanesboro assistant area fisheries manager with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “The area has more than 700 miles of designated trout streams.”

Anglers can find all three of Minnesota’s trout species in southeastern streams: brook trout, the only native species; brown trout, the most abundant, with reports of 30-inch monsters caught each year; and rainbow trout, stocked in catchable sizes where angling pressure is high.

Places to fish in the southeast also are ample. With 221 miles of angler easements – land along streams that’s privately owned but open for fishing – access to trout streams is readily available. State parks such as Whitewater, Forestville Mystery Cave and Beaver Creek Valley also provide quality cold-water angling opportunities.

The DNR publishes a booklet of maps highlighting where to access streams in the southeast. The maps also are available at by clicking on southern Minnesota maps.

“With this year’s early spring, anglers should find conditions favorable for an excellent opener,” Snook said. “The absence of a late snowmelt or heavy rains means waters should be clear and easy to wade.”

Warmer temperatures will likely mean more active fish. There are even reports of some early insect hatches, adding an element of interest for fly-fishing anglers who may try to “match the hatch.” Anglers can check with DNR area fisheries offices in Lanesboro or Lake City for current conditions.

The southeast’s prominence as a cold-water destination is largely the result of the area’s unique geology. Fractured limestone bedrock – or karst – gives rise to numerous underground streams that bubble up as springs, providing the cold, clean water needed by trout. A wet cycle over the past few decades has helped recharge those springs.

Better land use practices within the largely agricultural watersheds of southeastern Minnesota streams also have benefitted water quality. And in-stream improvement projects undertaken by the DNR in partnership with Trout Unlimited have helped provide more trout habitat. The result is some of the best trout fishing anywhere in the upper Midwest.

“These streams represent a real success story,” Snook said. “With twice as many fish per mile now as back in the 1970s and 1980s, these are the good old days when it comes to trout fishing in southeastern Minnesota.”

Anglers need a trout stamp when fishing in designated trout lakes and streams, unless they are 65 or older, or younger than 18, or are fishing with a valid 24- or 72-hour license, or are otherwise exempt from fishing license requirements.

Anglers fishing a nondesignated trout lake or stream do not need a trout stamp unless they are trying to catch trout or decide to keep one. Anglers 65 or older, or younger than 18, or fishing with a valid 24- or 72-hour license, do not need a trout stamp to fish for or keep trout anywhere. The stamp adds $10 to the cost of a fishing license, and for an additional 75 cents anglers can have the pictorial stamp mailed to them.

More information on trout fishing can be found at