Fish Schtick Podcast Episode 19 – Guest Carrol Henderson

October 4, 2009 No Comments by Michael Mauro

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Carrol Henderson joins us on today’s Fish Schtick. He’s an Iowa Boy like me – he grew up on a farm in central Iowa where his dad took him fishing at farm ponds for sunfish and bullheads. Today he lives in St. Paul, Minnesota where he works for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. What he’s best known for today may be more in the world of waterfowl than in the angling world.

This time of year, just about anywhere you live, we’re starting to see winged migrations.

Carrol leads a couple of international birding trips every year, and his “Birds of Costa Rica: a field guide” comes out in January. Carrol was the guy who reintroduced Trumpeter Swans to Minnesota back in 1982. Now we have over three thousand trumpeter swans in Minnesota, and some have made their way into Manitoba and Ontario.  It has been an incredible success.

So why a bird guy on the Fish Schtick? Well, we all love seeing the wildlife when we go fishing, right? That’s a big part of it. But there may be no person who better understands the risks posed to birds – waterfowl and other wildlife – by lead fishing tackle. Carrol is an angler himself so he’s not an “anti-“ he’s one of us, and he’s come armed with solutions, and some really good stories.

Brian / Moldy Chum News

Striper Report from Carp Cod
How were the Montauk Burgers?

Phenomenal tarpon pics

The Rattlesnake Story!

Another fan of barbless hooks

Teeg / Recycled Fish News

Fished a little urban lake in the shadow of a shopping center
Fished a Loess Hills pond and caught bass

Coming soon! Fishing my killer new Loop combo! THANKS to Loop!!

Speaking at the Nebraska Walleye Association Meeting this weekend
Outdoor Talk Network with Jim Slinsky this week & Scott Linden Outdoors next week
Our Recycled Fish “On Ice” tour is taking shape, and we’re really excited to have Strikemaster on board
Toyota Texas Bass Classic is coming right up, one show between now and then

Teeg's official Fishing Shirt

Teeg's official Fishing Shirt

Guest Intro / Interview

Carroll Henderson calls himself a “hybrid fisherman” because when he heads out in the boat, he’s got his  Canon 50D digital camera with a great big lens at his side, turned on, lens cap off, and ready to photograph whatever creatures he encounters. He’s an author, educator, angler and a birder, and he’s our guest on today’s Fish Schtick.

Tell us about your favorite annual fishing trip to Eagle Lake in Minnesota.


Let us in on your life story a little – where has your life and career taken you to this point?

You work for the DNR Nongame Wildlife Program – what’s the difference, what do you guys do?

Why is all that stuff important?

You talk about building bridges between fish and game and also “nature in general.” Tell us about the Digital Photography Bridge to Nature.

You have some trips coming up, too, right?

Preferred Adventures Ltd

Preferred Adventures Ltd


Minnesota DNR and Recycled Fish teamed up with Minnesota Pollution Control agency to make SAFE Angling Kits, which builds on the “Get the Lead Out” campaign from the past 10 years.

Many anglers might not realize the impact that lead has on wildlife and waterfowl – share a little bit about that with us.

What can we do about it?

Common Loon pair and chick - © Carrol Henderson

Common Loon pair and chick – © Carrol Henderson


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