Paul Bunyan Country Outdoors

Paul Bunyan Country Outdoors features discussion of all things outdoors in the True North. With thousands of lakes and thousands of acres of forest, Paul Bunyan Country is home to some of the best fishing and hunting in North America and you'll hear from the some of the nation's best guides and anglers.

JOEL NELSON Talks Belle Taine & Hot Bites In Th...
Joel Nelson made the trip north to fish Belle Taine with Jason Rylander a couple weeks ago. We get his thoughts after his first fishing experience on that body of water. Plus, he talks Mississippi River and Lake Pepin walleye, the difference between river and lake walleyes, his turkey successes and every other cool thing he's got cookin'. We also put him on the spot with another Fast Five.
35 min
ERIK OTTERTAIL IS BACK: Erik Osberg Checks In F...
Erik Osberg checks in from Otter Tail Country. The bite is strong for all species right now and Erik has the details on what he's seen and caught so far this season and where the bites are strongest. Plus he talks Otter Tail Lake itself and the big Lund Tourney coming next month. Oh, and there's Fast Five, too...
36 min
FREEDO TALKS "BIG V": Jason Freed of Leisure Ou...
Jason Freed LOVES Lake Vermilion, which is why he heads all the way up there to guide every summer. He's got all the details on a very hot bite...for everything! Walleyes, bass, muskies,'s all ON. Plus a little Brainerd-Bemidji Football talk (of course) and a Fast Five.
33 min
BRADY Is Catchin' a BUNCH Of Fish: Brady Laudon...
Brady Laudon of Brady Laudon's Fishing Guide Service is back to talk Bemidji area fishing. The bite is going on Lake Bemidji itself, and there's plenty of other lakes with a strong bite too...walleyes, bass, panfish and northerns. It's a cornucopia of action. We get all the details from Brady on Bemidji area bites.
27 min
JONESIN' FOR FISH: Jeremy "Jonesy" Anderson of ...
It's been a strong bite so far in the Park Rapids area, and Jonesy has the details. Jeremy Anderson of Jones Guide Service (it's a long story) fills us in with the details on fishing in Greater Park Rapids. Walleyes, bass, pan fish, even a little muskie discussion. Plus, AIS and a Fast Five.
33 min
SPRING SPOTLIGHT #5: Lake Of The Woods Is The L...
Lake of the Woods has it incredible walleye population, beautiful bass, panfish...and STURGEON. Matt Skoog discusses all things Lake of the Woods and the news is good!
24 min
JASON RYLANDER Checks Belle Taine Off The List
Jason Rylander fishes...A LOT! So it came as quite a surprise to Kev when he found out Rylander had never fished Belle Taine...until Saturday! And neither had Joel Nelson!! That just shows how hard it is to fish 10,000 lakes. But the two teamed up for a tourney and loved the lake...even though they couldn't find enough...small!...walleyes to win the tournament. It's a topsy turvy world, folks.
31 min
MEET THE CHAMPS::Kamin Pierce & Darren Roth Bec...
On Saturday night, 21 year old Darren Roth & 20 year old Kamin Pierce became the youngest team to win the Knights Of Columbus Walleye Classic, claiming the $15,000 top prize by reeling in 31.8 pounds of walleye. Kev chased them down right after they claimed the title to learn their story.
16 min
DOUBLE TROUBLE: Teammates Bruce Jean & Randy Kl...
For the second straight year, Bruce Jean & Randy Klasen teamed up for the Knights Of Columbus Walleye Classic...and for the second straight year, they popped in to chat with Kev. We get the word on how the pre-fishing went, witness their "discussion" on who's boat they should use and rehash their days battling on the basketball court with Bruce as official and Randy as coach. It's another entertaining roundtable with a couple of great anglers...and guys.
36 min
SPRING SPOTLIGHT #4: Tony Kennedy Is Back--This...
The Cass Lake Chain is the in the spotlight. Cass is definitely a gem, but when you add all those connected waters, it's an amazing fishery with pretty much everything anyone would want to catch. Tony Kennedy, Large Lake Specialist out of the Bemidji Area Office, has all the details on our latest spotlight lake(s).
27 min
SPRING SPOTLIGHT #3: We Talk All Things Lake Wi...
Our latest Spring Spotlight puts the focus on Big Winnie. Walleyes, perch, northerns and muskies. It's got them all and nice sizes too. Large Lake Specialist Dan Schermerhorn has all the details.
30 min
TOBY KVALEVOG: Fresh Off A Runnerup Finish At L...
Toby Kvalevog of Leisure Outdoor Adventures checks in to talk Leech Lake action. He also talks about his runnerup finish at last weekend's Leech Lake Walleye Tournament and previews this weekend's Knights Of Columbus Walleye Classic, where he and his Dad Deano are former champs.
35 min
TONY ROACH Is Rockin' It On Mille Lacs...Walley...
Tony Roach of Roach's Guide Service is catching fish. He discusses the extremely good bite on Mille Lacs and the very good bite on Leech. Walleyes and Bass are what he's been catching and he shares the details. Plus we discuss the Mille Lacs regs, new "stuff" he loves and there's Fast Five...of course.
31 min
DICK BEARDSLEY Recaps The First 2+ Weeks of Fis...
Dick Beardsley of Dick Beardsley Fishing Guide Service discusses the inconsistent start to the season. It hasn't been hot and heavy and Dick thinks we need the water temps to warm up. He talks about where he's finding fish and what seems to be working. Walleyes, bass, crappies...we talk about all of them. Plus a Fast Five as well (with a bonus that didn't quite work out)...And we head to Aitkin for our Lake of the Week
45 min
American Heroes Outdoors CEO David Morse discusses taking vets, law enforcement and fire fighters on outdoor adventures. He talks about why they do what they do and the amazing things about the outdoors. AHO is a new beneficiary of the Knights Of Columbus Walleye Classic and today you'll find out why.
21 min
Nate Blasing of the Nisswa Guides League checks in with Kev to update Brainerd Lakes action so far this spring. He discusses the surprise spots they're finding fish, talks about anecdotal results of new panfish and northern regs and initiatives, the effects of forward facing sonar in the day to day realm...and tournament realm. Plus, a Fast Five of course.
29 min
SPRING SPOTLIGHT #2: We Drill Down On Leech Lak...
Every year at this time, we put the spotlight on the jewels of Paul Bunyan Country. This time the spotlight is on Leech Lake and we get all the details with Walker Area Fisheries Large Lake Specialist Carl Pederson.
31 min
BIGGER & BETTER: Joeski Is Back To Preview The ...
Joe Czapiewski has been charged with elevating the BIG SHOW to conclude the Knights Of Columbus Walleye Classic. He's in the with the details on all the new stuff at Sanford Center. Huge prizes for spectators including $100 every 15 minutes, a Weber Genesis Grill, Milwaukee Tools and much more. Plus a bigger check for the Grand Champions, more prizes for Raffle ticket holders and much more. June 8th is going to be HUGE.
30 min
POTPOURRI: We Talk Mille Lacs With Steve Scepan...
Steve Scepaniak of Predator Guide Service discusses another great weekend of fishing on Mille Lacs and Christina Regas previews this year's Take A Kid Fishing event coming June 5th. And in between those two fishing conversations, Lori Barrow, a Private Lands Forester with the Minnesota DNR, discusses ways to enhance your privated wooded areas and ways the DNR can cost share.
45 min
DAN FULLER Recaps Early Walleye Angling & Discu...
Dan Fuller & Pat McSharry won the Knights Of Columbus Walleye Classic last year, so we check in to see if they're ready to go this year. We also talk about Dan's guide business, his love of fishing and how things have played out the first couple weeks of the walleye season. We also grill him with a Fast Five.
27 min
THE DUAL NEWELLS Capture The Gary Newell Memorial
Gary Newell was a beloved angler and Eagle Club member, so it's only appropriate that the Eagles Tourney is now the Gary Newell Memorial Tournament. And it's poetic justice that his son Mark and grandson Matt took home the championship trophy. We'll hear from them on today's show
17 min
SPRING SPOTLIGHT I: Red Lake With Large Lake Sp...
The end of the hardwater season saw a huge amount of fish taken off Red. And Red Lake was one of the most productive lakes of opening weekend, although it wasn't record breaking. We always do a spring series of spotlights on the jewels of Paul Bunyan Country and Red seems to be the right gem to start with. Large Lake Specialist Tony Kennedy discusses the health of Red Lake, the complexities of managing it and we even discuss a few other species we might see in there.
27 min
STEVE SCEPANIAK Recaps Mille Lacs Opener & THE ...
Steve Scepaniak checks in with a recap of opening weekend on Mille Lacs. He also discusses the bass bite, panfish and northerns. And yes, we need to preview the upcoming Muskie opener too. Plus, we check in with Jim Wolters in the Fergus Falls Area Fisheries Office for our latest Lake of the Week.
27 min
CHUCK HASSE: Leech Lake Opener & Week 1
Leech Lake Guide Extraordinaire Chuck Hasse is back to recap how the Opener was on Leech. He also updates the first few days of Week 1 and what we can expect in the first few weeks of the season. We also discuss forward facing sonar...and what he doesn't like about it...the incredible bass population and a Fast Five, of course.
31 min
RANDY KLASEN: Randy Reports On His Annual Seaso...
Randy Klasen of the Bemidji Area Guide Service recaps Walleye Opener 2024. The bite was great and the sizes awesome on Big Winni. We also discuss other area lakes, what to expect the next few weeks, tournament time and there's a Fast Five too.
31 min