Fishing exhibit a real catch

Growing up in Kenora, one place that I always got really excited to visit when I was a kid was the Lake of the Woods Museum, located at the south end of Main Street.
When I was in school, I always liked history class, especially Canadian history and how people used to live off the land.
I think I would have liked living during the fur trade era, or during the early days of settlement around Lake of the Woods.
The museum in Kenora has a lot of great stuff representing the history of our area and if you have never been there, it’s worth checking out. Downstairs, they have one of the largest whitetail deer mounts I have ever seen.
There really is something there for everybody.
Last week I met up with Lori Nelson, director of the Lake of the Woods Museum, who filled me in on their plans to run a special exhibit during July entitled “Hook, Line and Sinker: An Historical Look at Sport Fishing on Lake of the Woods.”
This exhibit, which will run in partnership with the Northern Ontario Sportfishing Centre in Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls, will showcase the rich history of fishing on Lake of the Woods.
The museum also will run some special events during July in conjunction with this special exhibit, including a traditional shore lunch on July 16 from noon-1:30 p.m. in Memorial Park (right next to the museum) and a story-telling night, where people can come down for an informal, moderated story-telling event and share their best fish tales.
At this point, Nelson is working on collecting items that may be used for this exhibit—and she could use your help. Do you have any older fishing equipment, like rods, reels, lures, nets, minnow buckets, or even maps of Lake of the Woods?
They also are looking for older fish mounts of the more popular species of the lake, such as walleye, pike, musky, lake trout, or bass.
Do you have any old family fishing pictures from days spent on Lake of the Woods?
None of these items need to be donated to the museum. But if you have something you feel you may be able to loan for the month of July, contact Nelson at the Lake of the Woods Museum at 1-807-467-2105.
Pictures even can be scanned and returned immediately.
Meanwhile, I’m back on the road again this week—in Texas getting ready for another FLW Tour event this coming weekend at the Sam Rayburn Reservoir.
I fished a tournament here back in the fall of 2012 and had a decent finish, so hopefully I can turn around my awful start to the year this weekend.
This lake has a lot of big fish in it, so I’m sure some of these guys will drop some big weight on the scale (they always do).
The tournament starts tomorrow (March 27) and runs through Sunday. The weigh-ins start at 3 p.m. (CDT) each day, which you can follow online at