Fishin' Paul bunyan country
FPBC is the North Country’s preeminent fishing show. Kev Jackson talks with the area’s (and the nation’s) best anglers to bring you the most and best fishing information, as well as complete coverage of the area’s biggest fishing events and key issues facing angling and anglers.
KB101 - approximately 12:35 & 5:30 weekdays. 6:10am Saturdays
KBUN-FM - approximately 12:40 & 4:55 weekdays. 8:00am Saturdays
Q: The longest standing world fishing record is well over a century old, going back to 1865 and was set in the U.S...the world record...what?
A: Yellow Perch! Weighing in at 4lb 3oz, caught by Dr. C.C. Abbott in Bordentown, NJ. May 1865
Congratulations to this week's winners!
Jay McDougal & May Lou Miller both of Bemidji
FPBC Trivia - Mondays at 12:35 on KB101 & 12:40 on KBUN-FM
Be the right caller on the “Fishin’ Line” with the right answer and win the FPBC Prize Package with a ton of prizes including the exclusive “Paul Bunyan Country’s Most Wanted” T-shirts from Thunderbird Graphics. You can only win once per year…but you can learn all season long!
Ask The Aquatic Biologist - Mondays
Kev asks Dr. Andrew Hafs, Bemidji State University Aquatic Biologist, questions about fish and fishing. In addition to Kev’s questions, Andy had his students put together a list of questions they have about fish. Everything…and probably more…that you ever wanted to know about fish.
Lake of the Week - Thursdays
Kev scours the maps for those hidden gems throughout Paul Bunyan Country then gets all the information from the many outstanding professionals in the area DNR Fisheries offices. You’ll have heard of some, but probably not most. One thing all of these lakes have in common…they have fish in them!
Guides & Fishing Tips
5/25: Jason Rylander - Bemidji Area Fishing
5/26: Gussy - Bass Fishing & Frisch - Walleye Fishing
5/24: Gussy - May Walleyes & Barnard - Northern Rigs
5/22: Al Maas - Leech Lake Fishing
5/19: Carl Adams (Update), Jo Clayton (Take A Kid Fishing) Jason Boser (Adjusting Temps)
5/23: Chris Haley - Bass Masters College Bass
Championship Coming to Bemidji
5/17: Bro Brosdahl & Ryan Buddie
on Early Season Walleye
5/16: Mike Frisch - Fishin The Midwest Radio & Jason Durham - Park Rapids Area Update
5/18: PBCO Special! Forest Trails in Paul Bunyan & Centennial Forests
5/12: Duane Peterson & Jamie Elting, Opener Preview
5/11: Cold Front Kurre - Governor's Fishing Opener
5/15: Gary Newell - Eagles Walleye Tourney & Toby Kvalevog - Opener Report
5/9: Phil Talmage - Lake of the Woods Preview
5/8: Jerry Albert - Lake Winni Preview
5/10: Gary Barnard - Red Lake Preview
Lake of the Week
Lake of the Week: Minerva
Lake of the Week: Puposky Lake
Lake of the Week: Mabel
Ask the Aquatic Biologist
"How do lakes with no inlet or outlet get fish?"
"Why can't we throw bait in the lake?"
"What are some top reasons for fish death?"
Guides & Fishing Tips
Ask the Aquatic Biologist
5/2: Henry Drewes - State of the Fishery
Preview (part 1)
5/1: Bro Brosdahl on Early May Panfishing
"What is the growth area of Aquatic Biology?"
5/4: Mike Frisch - Early Season Panfish
5/3: Henry Drewes - State of the Fishery
Preview (part 2)
Lake of The Week
Lake of the Week: Blue Lake
5/5: Doug Schultz - Leech Lake Preview
Meet The League of Extraordinary Anglers
Jason Boser - Grand Rapids, MN
Jason Boser owns Jason Boser's Fishing Fever Guide Service and is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable fishing guides in Paul Bunyan Country. Jason has been fishing area lakes since 1984 and especially enjoys fishing with young anglers. Jason’s goal is to make sure kids have fun while they learn about sport fishing! He is a strong advocate for getting kids on the water and will accommodate them any way he can. As a full time guide, Jason spends a lot of time on area lakes such as Winnibigoshish, Leech, Sand, Bowstring, Jessie and Pokegama. Although he specializes in walleye, perch and northern, Jason can just as easily guide you to the panfish, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and muskie. His knowledge of the seasonal fishing patterns and habitat of area lakes means he knows the local “hotspots” no matter what the time of year. Jason’s biggest claim to fame is his now famous and delicious shore lunch. In fact his Fishing Fever Fish Batter (and Fish & Game Batter) has become so popular it’s now available in many area supermarkets and select sporting goods stores.
Matt Breuer - Bemidji, MN
Matt Breuer has been guiding and doing outdoor promotions in the Bemidji area since 2002, and runs a year-round full service operation. He and his team guide for everything from wild edibles and crappies in the spring, to walleyes and bears in the fall. They also offer fish house rentals on Lake Bemidji in the winter, along with privately guided trips via snowmobile to smaller area lakes. Matt takes pride in having a high success rate since Northcountry Guide Service’s inception, and they offer a money back guarantee on summer fishing trips! To top it off, Matt is teamed up with several resorts in the area, and he can set you and your group up with all inclusive packages on your next Bemidji area adventure! You can check out Matt and his team on their website as well as on Facebook at Northcountry Guide Service & Promotions.
Brian "Bro" Brosdahl - Max, MN
“Bro” Brosdahl is one of the most recognized and respected anglers in North America. Bro is a multispecies angler best known for his influence on the sport of ice fishing. Several popular ice fishing products are based on his ideas. You've seen Bro on "Midwest Outdoors", "Lindner's Angling Edge", "In-Fisherman TV", “North American Fisherman Television”, “Minnesota Bound” and “Due North”. You've read his stuff in F + W Ice Fishing Annual, Field & Stream, FLW Outdoors, In-Fisherman Magazine, In-Fisherman’s Ice Guide, Midwest Outdoors Magazine, North American Fisherman Magazine, Outdoor News, Walleye Insider and many other publications and websites. Bro has also helped develop a number of products including Frabill’s “Bro Series Ice Fishing Combos”, Northland Fishing Tackle’s “Bro’s Bug Collection”, and “Bro Dropper,” a modified ice fishing dropper rig. Bro also pioneered “Slip Dragging,” an open water walleye presentation.
Craig Brown - McArdle's Resort, Lake Winnie
Craig Brown knows Lake Winnibigoshish like only a lifer can. He's been a part of McArdle's Resort for the past 28 years, and now runs the resort with wife Paige and his sons. Craig serves as the resort's fishing guide and fishes on Lake Winni virtually every day. He runs the resort's charter boats and knows where the walleyes are. Craig and Paige worked at the resort through High School and college, and even got married on site! Craig has also been known to fish a few of the "secret" lakes around the area as well.
Ryan Buddie - Ridgeville, OH
Growing up in the city of Rocky River, Ryan Buddie was always the kid looking to wet a fishing line. Whether it was walleye fishing out of his Grandpa’s boat, casting flies for steelhead in the Rocky River, sneaking onto the golf course at night catching top water bass, or going out to the local pond to catch creeks chubs and catfish; he loved to fish. During summers in college, he began his fishing career by working as a fishing guide in Alaska. Ryan began fishing walleye tournaments in 2007 and now fishes both the Lake Erie Walleye Trail and the Masters Walleye Circuit. He began Buddie Charters in 2012 and currently run 2-3 person walleye charters on Lake Erie.
Mark Christianson - Walker, MN
Mark Christianson is a lifetime Paul Bunyan Country angler. He’s fished all of Paul Bunyan Country’s legendary lakes over the years and has spent the last 30 years as a professional guide. Mark and his wife Barb manage Moore’s Lodge on Agency Bay of Leech Lake. In addition to guiding, Mark also gives weekly fishing seminars at the resort. Mark has been a professional tournament angler, and though he doesn’t fish any full circuits these days, he still competes in most big tournaments in the area. In his tournament days, he fished the Professional Walleye Trail "Super Pro" circuit. Some of his accomplishments: PWT – Championship Qualifier 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003; PWT - 2006 - 1ST Place Aikens Lake "PWT Celebrity Shootout”; PWT - 2006 - 6th Place "Angler of the year"; PWT – 2005 -12th Place "Angler of the Year"; PWT – 2004 - 5th Place "Angler of the Year"; Leech Lake Walleye Classic – 3 Time Champion – 1998,1996,1991; Canadian Walleye Championship – 2 Time Champion – 2005,2002; Spirit Lake Marina (Devils Lake,ND) – 2 Time Champion – 2002,2001; Premiere WWA Champion (Leech Lake & Winnibigoshish – 2001; Pro-Team Walleye Champion – Winnebago, WI - 2000
Captain Ken Clark - Whitehall, MI
Captain Ken Clark from Fishmas Charters is a Tournament Walleye Angler and 18-year Charter Captain veteran. Ken was 2011 Michigan Walleye Tour Angler of the Year. His sponsors include: Sportfisherman’s Center, Don Rypma Chevrolet Buick GMC, Insulation and Environmental Services, Trophy Center of West Michigan, Johnson’s Great Outdoors, Whitehall Car Wash, Twin Cities Service, Scheid Plumbing Heating and Cooling, AppleQuest, Ladas and Hoopes Law Offices, Grosse Ile Pilot House, Luker’s Custom Canvas, Getaway Charters, Church Tackle Company, Flying Fisherman, Pure Fishing, Hopkins Spoons, Reef Runner, Salmo, Bait Rigs, E. & D. Extensions, Northland Tackle, Simms, Navico. Okuma and St. Croix Rods.
Kevin Cochran - Bemidji, MN
Kevin Cochran has had a passion for musky fishing since 1999. In 2005 he started a guide service in the Bemidji and Cass Lake area. In the same year he also started Cochran Tackle Company. He guides on numerous bodies of water that range in size from 300 to 26,000 acres. The diverse compositions of these waters allow him to use many different tactics to put fish in the boat. He is the Vice President of the Bemidji-Cass Lake Chapter of Muskies Inc and former Co-Chair of the MN Muskie and Pike Alliance. He is also a strong advocate for catch/photo/release so others can share the fish that he catches. He is pro staff for Musky Mayhem Tackle LLC, Big Game Tackle, Dunwright Tackle Company, Tackle Industries Fishing Rods, and Stealth Tackle.
Don Denning & Chad Maloy - Fargo, ND
Don Denning and Chad Maloy are Masters Walleye Circuit professional fishing team from Fargo and are both members of FM Walleyes Unlimited, an active walleye club recently inducted into the Freshwater Fishing Hall Of Fame. Chad and Don have fished all over the Dakotas, Minnesota & Wisconsin chasing walleyes on many diverse waters.Over the past five years, the pair have been very successful earning two invitations to the World Walleye Championship, missing a third by mere ounces. Their names are consistently found near the top of the leaderboard with several top ten finishes and many big fish awards. Don Denning grew up in central North Dakota. It is there that he was able to hone his diverse fishing skills on the smaller lakes and ponds along with the larger Dakota reservoirs. Don and his family currently reside in Fargo, ND, where he is the owner of a custom cabinet manufacturing business. Don definitely has a knack for finding the fish. Especially on Devils Lake, ND where he has a summer home. He and his son, Jacob, were back to back champions in 2011 & 2012 of the Devils Lake Angler Young Angler Regional Qualifier. Don also has numerous other top 10’s on the lake in local and professional events. Chad Maloy grew up in Lake City, MN, located along the banks of Lake Pepin on the Mississippi River. His love of fishing came from the time he spent on the water with his father and grandfather. Chad and his family now reside in Fargo, ND, where he works for Gate City Bank as a Mortgage Loan Officer. Chad was president of FM Walleyes Unlimited for 5 years and board member for 10 years. He continues to be a very active member helping to promote the club whenever possible.
Jason Durham - Nevis, MN
Jason Durham is one of Minnesota’s premier fishing guides, guiding hundreds of trips over the past 20 years in the Park Rapids area. He started Go Fish! Guide Service Inc. at the age of 15 (yes 15!). Jason still loves fishing and still loves guiding, and looks forward to seeing old friends and meeting new anglers in his boat. Jason’s knack for locating and catching fish of all species is a huge benefit, but he's also very adept at teaching others how to catch fish. In fact, he holds a Master’s Degree in Education and teaches Kindergarten two blocks from his childhood home in Nevis. Jason has appeared in the pages of Outdoor Life, Field & Stream, In-Fisherman and has been featured on many outdoor television shows.
Jamie Elting - Bemidji, MN
Growing up in an avid outdoor family, Jamie took advantage of all the game Kansas has to offer. Upon moving to northern Minnesota in 2003, he quickly became enamored with walleye fishing. Spending the entire night in the boat wasn’t unusual for him, as long as he came home with his limit! Jamie and his wife have operated as Independent FedEx Ground Contractors for the past several years, but Jamie recently decided to walk away from the truck and pursue hunting and fishing full time. With two small children, Jamie enjoys the opportunity of sharing the joy of the catch with them. To a three year old, the smallest bluegill holds more wonder than a state record catch. That joy prompted Jamie to establish Grant Creek Outfitters where Jamie customizes trips for you, whether that means looking for the newest state record fish or the sheer, fall-out-of-the-boat excitement in a child’s eyes.
Jim Flesch - Walker, MN
Jim Flesch is most definitely a local fishing expert. He's been fishing area lakes his whole life, and has been a guide for the past 31 years in the Leech Lake area. Jim is a member of the Northland Tackle Pro-Staff and also contributor to many articles and Radio/TV media throughout the years. In addition to knowing all the ins and outs of Leech Lake, he's an expert on most other area waters, including Red Lake and he's a huge fan of fishing Giant Channel Cats on the Red River of the North. Jim's had his share of success on the tournament circuit, but mostly is a person who truly enjoys the outdoors and is blessed to be living in this area!
Jim's Facebook Page
Mike Frisch - Elbow Lake, MN
Mike is a professional fisherman and fishing educator involved in several aspects of the fishing business. He is the owner/operator of Fishin' With Frisch Pro Guide Service, guiding anglers on lakes across Minnesota. Mike is also an outdoor writer with more than 500 "how-to" fishing stories published in magazines like Fishing Facts, MidWest Outdoors, Cabela’s Outfitter Journal, Bass Angler Magazine, Dakota Country, Minnesota Sportsman, and several others. Mike is also the owner and presenter of The School of Fish Fishin' School, and Fishin' School On Ice to various groups across the Midwest. Mike is also a former member of the prestigious Fishing The Midwest fishing team with numerous appearances on the highly popular Fishing The Midwest television show. Mike is also an active tournament bass and walleye angler with wins and high finishes in many tournaments across the Midwest.
Jeff "Gussy" Gustafson - Kenora, ON
Jeff Gustafson grew up on the shores of Lake of the Woods in Kenora, Ontario. He spends his time on the water or in the woods across Ontario's Sunset Country Region as an all-season fishing and hunting guide. He is also an accomplished outdoor writer and host of his own fishing television program in Canada called Fishing with Gussy.
Gussy's real passion is competitive bass tournament fishing. Throughout the summer months he competes in tournaments in the Lake of the Woods and Rainy Lake region in addition to competing nationally on the pro side of the Walmart FLW Tour.
For over 2 decades, Bob Jensen produced the Fishing the Midwest with Bob Jensen TV series, one of the Midwest's longest-running and highest-rated television fishing shows. In addition, Bob is a highly regarded fishing feature writer and noted fishing seminar presenter. In September, 2016, Jensen was selected as an inductee to the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame. Additionally, he continues to write "how to" fishing columns and features that appear in/on over 50 general circulation newspapers, outdoor publications, and electronic media outlets. Fishing the Midwest is also very active producing a variety of "how to" video fishing tips and reports that also appear on a variety of electronic media outlets.
Jim Joy - Blackduck, MN
Jim Joy is a lifelong Blackduck area resident. He started fishing area tournaments while still in high school. Competing against the area’s best and at the MWC level. Jim penned a fishing column called the Joy of Fishing for the Blackduck American. He was a guide in the Blackduck area for 20 years, a field reporter for Fishing Paul Bunyan Country the last 17 years, and a Governer’s Opener guide in 1996. Jim retired from guiding to put his energy promoting youth angling opportunities through the the Bemidji Area Take a Kid Fishing program. Jim stated "Many of us were lucky enough to have someone introduce us to fishing, now I am lucky enough to be that person".
Al Maas - Walker, MN
Al Maas probably knows Leech Lake and fishing as well as anyone on Planet Earth. He has guided on Leech for 40 years and was one of the intial inductees into the Minnesota Fishing Hall Of Fame. Al is an expert on virtually every species of fish. If it swims in Leech, he’s fished for it…walleyes, northerns, muskies, bass, sunnies, crappies and perch. Al’s expertise has landed him on numerous outdoor themed TV programs, magazines, newspapers and radio stations. He’s even been featured in National Geographic. Al has been a key player in the research and development of many marine and fishing tackle manufacturer’s over the years, and currently serves on the Pro and advisory staffs of 16 different fishing manufacturers. Al has also been active in the development of many fishing tournaments and events on Leech Lake and throughout the region. Al was one of the first to promote “other” fishing on Leech, promoting the now famous crappie and bass fishing on the lake.
Paul Nelson - Bemidji, MN
Paul Nelson runs the Bemidji Area Lakes Guide Service. Paul also writes a weekly fishing column for the Bemidji Pioneer andhosts a fishing segment for Lakeland Public TV and is involved with fishing promotions in all types of media. Paul’s sponsors include Plano, Frabill, Northland Fishing Tackle, Humminbird, Evinrude, Minn Kota, Aqua Vu and Traditions Media. You can contact Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org or 218-759-2235.
Tom Neustrom - Grand Rapids, MN
Tom Neustrom is one of the best fishing guides in Minnesota and a tireless promoter of the fishing industry with 33 years of experience backing him. Tom guides on more than 35 lakes throughout Minnesota including Winnibigoshish, Leech, Cass, Bowstring, Sand, Pokegama, and Red. Off the water and ice, Tom spends much of his time leading fishing seminars, writing articles, doing in-store promotions, attending Minnesota DNR meetings, and conducting a fishing school in an effort to share his fishing expertise with others. Tom has been recognized by In-Fisherman, North American Fishing Club, Fishing Facts Magazine, and Minnesota Sportsman as one of the top walleye fishing guides in the country. Tom writes for many fishing and outdoor publications and enjoys sharing his knowledge and expertise in the sport of fishing. In February 2009, Tom was inducted as a “Legendary Guide” into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in Hayward, Wisconsin. Tom has been appointed to the Minnesota DNR Fishing Roundtable, Red Lake Advisory Council, and the State Walleye Advisory Committee.
Bryan "Beef" Sathre - Bemidji, MN
Bryan “Beef” Sathre hails from Bemidji where he enjoys everything there is to do outdoors 365 days a year. Beef spends many hours guiding on the water in the Bemidji and Cass Lake Area, both during the open water and hard water seasons. He started Fathead Guide Service and specializes on multi species guide trips. He is also a master of the multimedia world making regular appearances in outdoor publications, videos, websites, radio, and television as an expert on fishing and hunting. Beef works closely with numerous leading companies and retailers in the outdoor world utilizing his expertise to deliver quality products and advice to consumers. A teacher and father of two, Beef is dedicated to bringing the outdoors to kids and regularly teaches classes and seminars to families about fishing and hunting.
Charlie Worrath - Deer River, MN
Charlie Worrath has spent his entire lifetime living and fishing Paul Bunyan Country and has operated Charlie’s Gone Fishing Guide Service since 1991. Charlie works with small and large groups and can accommodate one to three guests in one boat, family groups and friends requiring three to five boats, or large company trips with a 10-to-15-boat group. Charlie has a vast knowledge of all area lakes, and knows ow to fish them successfully. He also knows the current fishing activity and where the fish are biting. Charlie’s expertise extends to walleye, northern pike, crappie, jumbo perch and bass. Clients of Charlie’s Gone Fishing Guide Service can expect to learn about the area and techniques used for catching any species of fish, all while enjoying the wonderful sights, sounds and smells of the northwoods. Charlie also is known for his Game and Fish Batter.
Toby Kvalevog is multi species Minnesota fishing guide who has been chasing Walleye, Northern Pike and Musky for over 35 years. Toby started his guiding in the Bemidji area through the Take a Kid Fishing event held annually on Lake Bemidji where he grew up. From there he mastered his skills tournament fishing across the state of Minnesota winning FLW Walleye events on Cass Lake, Leech Lake, and winning Angler of the year in 2005.
Toby loves being a fishing guide on some of Minnesota's top fishing destination lakes like Gull Lake, Pelican Lake, Mille Lacs lake, Lake Winni, Leech Lake, Cass Lake and Lake Bemidji because of the numbers and trophy class Walleye, Pike, Bass, and Musky that call these waters home. Toby K is an experienced multi species fishing guide that has the knowledge and fishing equipment to put you on a trophy fish of a lifetime or a quick limit for dinner after.
Favorite Fishing Memory: In 2016, Toby K caught a Monster Musky while night fishing on Leech Lake. The fish bit during the no moon phase and do to complications and lack of light the fish got caught up in the trolling motor and needed to be landed by hand in the dark. Along with being a Leech Lake giant Musky, the event itself was an epic fishing experience itself that will never be forgotten.
Favorite Guide Story: Toby K and Leisure Outdoor Adventures guide service facilitated a corporate fishing tournament for the Minnesota Wild out of Craguns Resort on Gull Lake. Our multi species fishing guide event was open to any species and Jason Zucker of the Minnesota Wild caught the biggest fish of the event.
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