Red Lake Reservation: The great 'trout-doors'
We drilled the last few holes of the day out in deeper water. The 7-foot spot I'd been fishing held a healthy 21-inch rainbow earlier that Larry Stromback hooked into, but had been deathly silent during my watch. I reeled up, grabbed my electronics and headed towards the new water.
Quickly I had red lines targeting my jigging spoon, and before long, one bit and gave me the strongest fight of the day. The fish bent my rod and even took some line as my drag whined. While this stout rainbow trout wouldn't tip the scales as my largest for the day, the longer retrieve would offer the most excitement. As the fish flopped on the ice, the decision was made to call it quits and we headed back to Brainerd with buckets chock-full of colorful trout. That capped my day as a non-resident in my resident state of Minnesota.
So, technically, I was more of a "non-member" than a "non-resident" during my time on the Red Lake Reservation in northwestern Minnesota. But as I purchased my fishing permit, the "non-res" box was checked and away we went deep into the wild country.