Paul Bunyan Country lost one its best anglers and guides with the death of Paul Nelson late last week. Paul died from cancer complications but was guiding and writing right up until his death. Paul was a fishing guide for nearly 40 years in the Bemidji area and for many people the voice of the area fishing scene. Paul had a weekly outdoor column for several decades in The Bemidji Pioneer and also had a weekly fishing segment on Lakeland Public TV for a number of years.
Paul was also a frequent guest on Fishin’ Paul Bunyan Country and Paul Bunyan Country Outdoors. He was passionate about fishing, the environment, sports and his family. He was a great advocate of taking kids fishing and a visit to his Facebook page proves it. The vast majority of pictures featured Paul fishing (and catching!) with kids. There will be a memorial service for Paul next summer as part of a youth fishing tournament to be held in his memory. In addition, the Paul A Nelson Memorial Fund has been established at First National Bank Bemidji with funds going to the upkeep and improvements to the Fish Cleaning House at Lake Bemidji State Park.
On this week’s show, Paul’s very close friend and tournament partner Bro Brosdahl shares Paul Nelson stories. Kev Jackson also pulls an old interview out of the FPBC archives in which he asks Paul “Why do you fish?”. Bro also has some great fall fishing info and previews hardwater fishing. And Tony Kennedy, DNR Large Lake Specialist, discusses the new three walleye limit that kicks in Sunday (11/1) on Red Lake.