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 2023

Serving as a professional angler and guide for nearly 40 years, Jeff Sundin knows the fishing waters of Northern Minnesota. Hosting customers from around the country, Sundin spends almost every day of the season on lakes located within north central Minnesota’s Itasca Lakes Region. But Sundin’s reach extends far beyond Minnesota. Through written articles, fishing reports, and fishing videos, posted on his web properties, and, anglers nationwide receive up to date information about seasonal fishing trends, tackle selection and fishing techniques. Sundin supports his websites through frequent posts on social media sites and can also be heard on the radio every week at KAXE/KBXE serving locally, Grand Rapids, Bemidji and Brainerd, but also available to listeners via internet steaming nationwide. As a volunteer, Sundin was a charter member of the Minnesota DNR “Walleye Advisory Committee”.
Originally formed in 2005, the MN DNR later changed the name of the committee to the “WalleyeWorkgroup”. In 2017 Sundin applied for an open seat on the “Panfish Workgroup” where he currently serves as a volunteer. On the water, Sundin has served as a volunteer fishing host in 3 of Minnesota’s “Governor’s Fishing Openers” and was selected as Governor Jesse Ventura’s personal guide for his fishing opener debut in 1999. In 2019, Minnesotan’s participating in WCCO Television’s “Best of Minnesota” poll, overwhelmingly pulled the lever in favor of Sundin as Minnesota’s best fishing guide. Occasional guest appearances on TV, podcasts and fishing magazines round out Sundin’s free time; allowing anglers additional opportunity to access his years of fishing knowledge.
· Full time professional guide 37 years
· Outdoor Writer
· Freelance Photographer
· Fishing Tackle Consultant
· Purveyor of outdoor content via web properties and
· Volunteer serving angling and angler interests in Minnesota
· Radio personality
· Minnesota people’s choice for best fishing guide
· Ongoing participation in consumer shows, publications and television