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.


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.


Anderson: Building a new Waterville fish hatchery will help shorten the time between bites

With new funding, a long-dreamed-of facility will replace the 1954 Waterville, Minn., hatchery that began as a garage.


Anderson: Trailblazing sonar will be in thousands of boats for opener

The futuristic "forward-facing sonar" is here and becoming much more common in Minnesota boats. One impact: Releasing fish might become necessary as catch rates improve.


Anderson: Celebrate Earth Day by rekindling real connection to nature

People who've been exposed to nature, and value those experiences, can change their behavior toward it. A story about law-breaking duck hunters reaffirms that position.


Anderson: Anglers protesting tough new Mille Lacs rules are wrong

Any attempt to muscle the DNR or the governor's office to overturn this year's walleye fishing restrictions not only is a bad look for anglers, but it could backfire and shut the lake down this summer.