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Date:         TBD
Time:         9am - 11am
Location:   French River Lutheran Church - Fellowship Hall

What is the Winter Shore fishing clinic?
This clinic is aimed to teach anglers the fundamentals of shore fishing the breaks, beaches and shore of Minnesota's Lake Superior shoreline using primarily spinning equipment. The clinic focuses on steelhead, kamloops rainbow trout, and coho salmon, but will also touch on some other available species.

Due to unpredictable weather, the clinic will be conducted indoors.  We will cover everything you will need to know to get started on your next adventure.  All participants are encouraged to bring their fishing gear. If weather permits, anglers can put their new skills to the test after the clinic.  The lake will only be a snowball throw away.

What will you learn?
Our volunteer directors will teach what we have learned over the years to effectively target steelhead and kamploops during the winter shore casting months.  Much of what you will learn can also be applied when fishing during the spring, summer and fall seasons as well. 

Our main angling approach at this clinic will focus on the use of spinning rods, reels, and terminal tackle.  We will teach you the various set-ups that work for us, demonstrate how to line them and what terminal tackle you will need.  We will cover several different types of lures and when and how to fish them, the types of live bait, and how best to fish in a variety of conditions.  We cover cold weather gear basics, added fishing accessories, and some safety tips to keep your day dry and productive.

We also teach you how to best select likely productive fishing locations.  We cover what key things to look for and what areas to stay away from.  Minnesota has approximately 150 miles of Lake Superior shoreline for anglers.  Much, but not all is accessible to anglers, we will hone in on the good stuff.

IMPORTANT: Safety first if planning to fish
Though this clinic is an indoor classroom setting, we anticipate that many of you will be eager to head out fishing immediately afterwards - can't blame you.  For those that do we strongly recommend practicing SAFETY FIRST. No fish is worth injury. Stay away from ice covered rocks, dangerous break walls, and, in the event of lake ice, keep off the lake.  Proper footwear is a must.

What will you need to bring?
For the classroom you will only need your morning beverage.  We plan to have a detailed handout for each angler, so note taking can be kept at a minimum.

We recommend the following if you plan to fish after the clinic.  First and foremost, bring a positive attitude.  You will also need to supply yourself with your own fishing equipment (rod, reel, line, lures, bait, etc.).  We also strongly suggest ice cleats, a net, polarized glasses and a camera.  See below for a general list of suggested equipment. 

Who can attend?
This clinic is open to all anglers looking to get an introduction to Lake Superior shore casting.  Though our clinic will only be a classroom setting, some of our volunteer instructors will likely be angling and will surely offer up conversation and answer any questions.

Our program instructors strongly encourage women and Parent/child pairs to participate in the clinic. Children must register and attend with an adult to participate.  What you will learn here can easily be applied to comfortable spring, summer and fall fishing as well.

What does this cost?
There is no cost for this event, but we suggest a minimum donation.

Our volunteer staff is donating their time and talents to teach and guide during this wonderful clinic.  All donations received for our events and clinics go right back to help fund future educational programs, community events and habitat projects, and further our conservation mission.  This clinic continues on because of your generosity.

15 and under - open donation
Students - $15.00 min. suggested donation
Adults - $25 min. suggested donation

please note our clinics are limited and registration fills up fast. 
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Please note registration is limited. Please only register if you are 100% committed to attend. If you register after the limit has been met, you will be placed on the waiting list.

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Suggested Equipment:

Spinning Rod:
7' to 12' medium or
med. light action

Spinning reel:
sized well for 200+ yrds of 5 - 6lb monofilament

Long Handle Net:
Needed to reach the icy waters

1/4oz - 3/4oz weighted bobbers.
Marine General in Duluth is a great source

5lb - 6lb test
no braid or fluorocarbon
for mainline

Below are some suggested items to get you started in winter shore fishing along Lake Superior's North Shore.  We will discuss these items as well as other lures & flies, live bait, rigging options and alternate gear.

A spinning rod with 5-6lb mono, a few light marabou jigs, a couple weighted bobbers, and some butterworms or waxies will have set to fish!

What makes shore fishing easy, is most anglers have much of what is used.  Again, these are suggested items.  You can fish with a shorter rod, heavier monofilament, other jigs, lures and live bait.  Our clinic will go into details why we recommend what we do.  This is a great opportunity for beginning anglers or those interested in open water winter fishing.

Weighted Jigs:
1/32 - 1/8oz. with
marabou tail
1/16th is great all
around size.

Casting Spoons:
Silvers with blue or green,
and gold with orange
Little Cleo are popular

Live Bait:
used to tip jigs
Butter worms or waxies
are most popular. 
Worm use will be reviewed

Ice Cleats:
We never leave home
without them. The waves on rocks will always leave ice during winter conditions.

Polarized Sunglasses:
A must! The North Shore
has you looking to the southern sky and a glistening lake while fishing.

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2021 update. Currently all in person clinics are postponed due to pandemic reated issues. We are exploring other options to provide educational services. Thank you for sticking with us. We look forward to connecting in person with you again soon.