When It Comes to Fishing, Minnesota Is In A Class All Its Own
The Minnesota Fishing Museum (MFM) is a place where angling memories come alive and stories are told of days gone by. The collection of over 10,000 artifacts related to Minnesota fishing is beautifully displayed and lovingly maintained at 304 West Broadway in Little Falls, Minnesota.
The Minnesota Fishing Museum is not "just a collection of old fishing items," but rather a collection of historical possessions that belonged to individuals from across Minnesota who were (and are) a part of the history of freshwater fishing in our state. The museum holds a priceless collection of fishing-related antiques and memorabilia tracking the heritage of freshwater angling in Minnesota.
Presently the Minnesota Fishing Museum displays over 10,000 fishing-related artifacts. A log cabin set recreates an old time fish camp at the lake. A large diorama depicts a typical spearing dark house on a frozen lake, complete with a Northern Pike moving in to be taken. Numerous displays showcase the artifacts found in many anglers’ tackle boxes throughout the years. Motors dating from 1902 are displayed throughout. The aquarium with live native fish is the focal point for learning and just relaxing. The Minnesota record fish display inspires anglers to catch "the big one."
We Invite You...
to visit the museum with your family and/or to arrange a guided tour for larger groups.
On behalf of the Founders and Board of Directors, we express our sincere gratitude for your interest in the museum and education center.
The Master Angler Program is open to all licensed anglers in Minnesota. Nonresident anglers with an appropriate Minnesota license are also eligible to participate. There are separate divisions for adults and youth anglers. Before you apply to be a Master Angler, please review the program rules and qualification chart.
Minnesota Angler Awards are made available on an annual basis according to the calendar year January 1 through December 31. Deadline for application is April 30th of the following year.
The program has three award categories; Master Angler, Expert Angler, and Grand Master. Anglers must qualify at the Master Angler level before becoming eligible for Expert Angler status, and finally the Grand Master award.
Master Angler: Open to any legal angler who has released or harvested one qualifying fish.
Expert Angler: Open to any legal angler who has released or harvested three trophy fish. Each fish must be a different species and must be caught in the same year. Entries for the each fish must be submitted separately using the application form.
Grand Master: Open to any legal angler who has released or harvested five trophy fish. Each fish must be a different species and must be caught in the same year. Entries for the each fish must be submitted separately using the application form.
Qualifying entries will receive:
A listing with their photo on the Master Anglers page of the MN Fishing Hall of Fame website and the hall of fame Facebook page.
A browser-generated certificate commemorating the achievement of each catch.
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.
Check out the legends and submit a nomination!