The idea of a fishing museum began in 1990. Al Baert was researching one of his old lures, a 1912 Surf Oreno, manufactured by South Bend Bait Company. Holding that lure in his hand he realized it was not the dollar value of the lure that was so meaningful but the wonderful stories and memories it represented as part of the heritage and history of freshwater fishing in Minnesota. Al contacted long time friend Morry Sauve and the dream of the Minnesota fishing museum was born. Friends, Acquaintances and even strangers began to donate objects for the collection.
We invite you to help us keep the dream and the stories alive for generations to come! Please donate today!