Those We Honor

You’ll find more than just fishing celebrities in this list. One can make a significant impact on the lives of many without ever being well known. It is important to honor all of those who had a great influence on the great sport of fishing, whether famous or not. Corporate advances tend to be much more visible to us. For it’s their products that shape the evolution of the sport of fishing.

Class of 2016 Royal Karels

Royal Karels

Class of 2016

Through 70 plus year of heavy-duty angling, and with nearly 50 years of formal guiding experience, Royal Karels is a renowned and […]

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Class of 2016 Bill Lindner

Bill Lindner

Class of 2016

With over 36 years behind the lens, Bill Lindner is an internationally recognized outdoor photographer in the fishing, hunting, and food preparation […]

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Class of 2016 Bruce ‘Doc’ Samson

Bruce ‘Doc’ Samson

Class of 2016

Bruce ‘Doc’ Samson, known universally in the walleye world as ‘Doctor Sonar’, is famous for his educational classes, seminars, DVDs and articles […]

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Class of 2016 Frankie’s Live Bait & Marine

Frankie’s Live Bait & Marine

Class of 2016

Forty years ago, Frank Dusenka – Brad and Frankie’s father – bought a hardware business from his father-in-law on the edge of […]

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Class of 2016 Minnesota Fishing Museum

Minnesota Fishing Museum

Class of 2016

The idea of the Minnesota Fishing Museum began in 1990 after Al Baert attended a St. Cloud sports show to have a […]

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Duane Peterson

Duane Peterson

Inducted 2015

Duane Peterson grew up in Bemidji, near the Mississippi River and Lake Bemidji. He kid-fished in boats and fish houses, and from […]

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Northland Fishing Tackle, Inc.

Northland Fishing Tackle, Inc.

Inducted 2015

Bemidji-based Northland Fishing Tackle ranks with Minnesota’s all-time legendary producers of high-quality progressive terminal tackle for successful angling in all seasons. Founded […]

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Tom Neustrom

Tom Neustrom

Inducted 2015

Based in Grand Rapids, Minn., Tom Neustrom has guided anglers for over 30 years. While Tom guides on several dozen lakes across […]

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Vexilar, Inc.

Vexilar, Inc.

Inducted 2015

The name Vexilar is synonymous with the ice-fishing market’s dynamic growth in recent years. Talk ice fishing and a common topic is […]

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LeRoy Ras

LeRoy Ras

Inducted 2015

Talk fishing and guiding in the Alexandria lakes area, and one legendary name rates frequent mention: LeRoy Ras. LeRoy’s guiding career, from […]

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