Columnist | Outdoors

Outdoors columnist Dennis Anderson joined the Star Tribune in 1993 after serving in the same position at the St. Paul Pioneer Press for 13 years. His column topics vary widely, and include canoeing, fishing, hunting, adventure travel and conservation of the environment.

Anderson was born in North Dakota, but grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He has an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Minnesota, Morris and a master's in journalism from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, where his focus was communications law.


10 tips on how to catch Minnesota's tight-lipped walleyes in midsummer

Anderson: Unraveling the mystery of finding, and catching, walleyes in midsummer


Anderson: Barred owls targeted for death to save northern spotted owls

The federal plan to shoot 500,000 barred owls to save smaller and less aggressive spotted owls is controversial.


Anderson: Boundary Waters hits milestone, but its future isn't guaranteed

The Wilderness Act of 60 years ago set about safeguards, and it's high time to recognize that.


Anderson: Where have all of Minnesota's muskies gone?

The DNR is initiating a planning process that could lead to a new muskie management framework.


Anderson: Where these guides fish, you should, too

Five Minnesotans offer insights about the career they chose and the waters where they make their living.


Anderson: More women are out fishing, but where are more kids?

Society benefits when anglers buy licenses, which helps underwrite fisheries management and clean water.


Anderson: Weather more than walleye was top of mind as we launched the opener

The beginning of our walleye summer with the Minnesota fishing opener wasn't a backdrop we are used to in this state. We worked with it on Lake Winnibigoshish.


Live: Updates and photos from the Minnesota fishing opener

Hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans are participating in Saturday's fishing opener, with walleye the preferred game fish.


Anderson: After more than six decades, the fishing opener still brings them together

Growing up in south Minneapolis, these kids-turned-octogenarians have caught limits of walleyes — and memories.


Anderson: For opener, fishing will be fantastic — and catching will be great

You heard it here first: Fish will be caught at a fast and furious pace during this weekend's Minnesota walleye opener. The data backs that up.