It is with deep sadness that we share with our faithful Minnewaska Bait & Tackle customers that co-owner Larry Jensen passed away on Monday, May 24th. Larry was a passionate fisherman, hunter, a master griller/smoker, and a big fan of the MN Twins and Iowa Hawkeyes. He was devoted to his grandkids and enjoyed spending time with them. He was highly regarded by his customers as an authority on the local fishing scene, and was proud to be called ‘Lyin’ Larry’ by all who listened to his weekly fishing report on the radio station KMRS out of Morris, MN. He was 73 years old.
Larry is survived by Diane, his wife of 52 years and co-owner of Minnewaska Bait, his sons Mike (Renae) and Matthew (fiancée Amber Aspengren) grandkids Wesley, Mitch, Eve, Elizabeth, Ivy, and Parker. The Jensen family invites you to join us in a celebration of Larry’s life on Tuesday, June 22 at the bandshell in City Park in Starbuck, MN. Visitation at 11am-1pm, Service at 1pm. Boat-ins are encouraged! Larry would have loved that. Please wear your favorite hunting or fishing apparel. Read the full obituary here
The Jensen family is deeply grateful for your continued support and condolences. Many of you have stopped in to the store to tell us your ‘Larry stories’, and they mean so much to us. Minnewaska Bait will remain open, however we will have some limited hours during the week as we figure out our new normal in the weeks and months ahead. 

Fishing report for 5/14/21

Another fishing opener! Weather has warmed the past few days and will be nice this weekend. Water temps are still on the cool side. I would try small shallow lakes where temps will be warmer. Lake Emily will be hit hard this weekend. Other lakes to try would be Pomme de tere, Long, Ann, Reno, and Stenerson. This might be best year for opener on Waska in long time.Start shallow and work deeper. Panfish on Waska has been good this past week. Enjoy the opener!

Fishing report for 5/7/21

Water temps have cooled to upper 40’s and we need mid 50’s for good panfishing. Still catching some crappies and sunnies in Starbuck marina. Also crappies on Glenwood end of lake. Reno and Ida has been good for crappies. Check smaller lakes around Alex for crappies. Game fish season starts May 15 and we are looking forward to that!


Fishing report for 4/23/21

Water has finally warmed up and both crappies and sunnies are being caught in Starbuck marina. The area between fish hatchery bay and Lakeside has been good for crappies. No reports on small area lakes this past week.

Fishing report for 4/9/21

Not many fishing this past week due to the weather. A few crappies and sunfish being caught in Starbuck marina. Crappies being caught in fish hatchery bay on Glenwood side of Waska. Other lakes worth checking would be Rachael, Freeborn, Mary, Oscar, and Pelican.

Fishing report for 3/26/21

A few people fishing in Starbuck marina and fish hatchery bay. Nothing being caught yet as the water is still too cold. I am at the Morris Spring Expo in the Lee Convention Center for the weekend. Stop over and say hi!