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Super Sales at Blue Ribbon's Open House, Saturday, April 14th!

Super Sales at Blue Ribbon's Open House, Saturday, April 14th! 0

FREE admission and access to super sales, free prize drawings, and one-day-only inventory of new products at our 11th Annual Blue Ribbon Open House. Top guides and other guests will be present as well. You won't want to miss it! For those of you not in the area, we'll have online sales as well, more details below!

To see who's coming, see the Facebook event & share with your friends!

This event is the biggest party we throw all year, with some of the biggest sales & unique product opportunities we offer. As you can tell from past years' photos, we have a great time with no shortage of things to do, see, and shop!
Join us on April 14! Between our store and a 20' x 30' tent outside, we'll have plenty of retail space to display lots of wildly popular fishing tackle, including
  • Super tackle sales (10%-50% off) & free prize drawings
  • 1-day inventory of the newest Lake X Lures, Kramer Brothers Tackle, & others
  • Skeeter Boats on display from Skeeter Boat Center
  • Delicious grilled food available 11am-2pm from Jordan Meats & Deli
  • Guest List:
  • John Kleczewski- (Guide & Owner of Lake X Lures)
  • Mike Kramer- (Owner of Kramer Bros Tackle & Detroit Lakes Fishing Guide)
  • Noah Binsfield- (Owner of Get the Net Guide Service & Tackle Manufacturer)
  • Jake Nelson- (18 years experience guiding Fishing, Grouse, Bear, Turkey)
  • Dick "The Griz" Grzywinski- (Pro Fishing Guide, National & MN Fishing Hall of Fame)
  • Josh Stevenson- (Pro Fishing Guide, Blue Ribbon Owner, MN State record Tiger Musky Holder)

We'll see you Sat, April 14th!
Blue Ribbon Open House Fishing Sale
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle Saint Paul minnesota bait shop owners Josh and Laura Stevenson
Blue Ribbon 2017 Open House The Griz Twin Cities Fishing Guide
Blue Ribbon Bait & tackle Open House
Past Blue Ribbon Open House Photos


Blue Ribbon Open House Fishing


Many of our friends & family come out to celebrate the open house with us, such as the below cake delivery from Sunny Celebrations from Mazomanie WI, at our 2016 open house, excited to see what 2018 Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle open house has in store!

2016 Blue Ribbon Open House Cake


Blue Ribbon Open House 2018

Share the Facebook event invite with your friends:


We'll see you Sat, April 14th!

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Come See Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle at Minnesota's Largest Muskie Show!

Come See Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle at Minnesota's Largest Muskie Show! 0

Minnesota's Largest Musky Show is March 9th-11th and Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle wants you to come visit!

Hosted in Saint Paul Minnesota for 22 years, the event runs Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and attracts the biggest brands, names, and retailers in the world of Musky Fishing.

Blue Ribbon will once again have a massive selection of rods, lures, and other tackle.

Visitors of the Blue Ribbon booth will also have their first opportunity to purchase our new Custom lure colors only found at Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle and www.BlueRibbonBait.com/Custom-Lures!


Blue Ribbon Musky Fishing Expo Minnesota


Musky Expo Info

More info can be found on the Expo Website: http://www.mnmuskieexpo.com

 Blue Ribbon Musky Expo


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ESPN Calls Up Blue Ribbon for Ice Fishing Guides

ESPN Calls Up Blue Ribbon for Ice Fishing Guides 0

Twin Cities Ice Fishing with ESPN

Knowing that 1 million+ visitors were expected to visit the Twin Cities for the big football game this February, Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle Owner Josh Stevenson was anticipating even more ice fishing guide trips than usual, but he wasn't expecting this...

"I got a phone call a few weeks ago from someone asking about my guiding availability during the week of the big game. They said they were with ESPN, so I figured it was a corporate team outing. But then they started talking about keeping it quiet, as there was a chance it may involve filming with some of their TV personalities. It was an awesome surprise to learn I'd be on national TV with the hosts from Sunday NFL Countdown!"

We're proud that our very own Josh Stevenson put former Pro QB Matt Hasselbeck & former Pro Head Coach Rex Ryan into some nice ice fishing right here in Minnesota! Check out a highlight video below:

Full NFL Countdown video segment below:








To Cap It All Off

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Top Ice Fishing Products of 2018

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Which Ice Fishing Products Are Driving Results? Let's Ask a Pro!

Blue Ribbon's very own General Manager & Pro Staffer, Dave Christenson, has assisted countless numbers of ice fishermen as the Midwest's ice fishing bite continues to go strong. Dave has compiled a list of the hottest products, and more importantly, the most productive products of the 2018 ice season thus far:


Venom Spoons & Jigs

Amazingly long lasting glow epoxy. Order Online HERE, or shop in person at Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle in Oakdale, MN. It's the top-selling ice fishing item on our website this year.

    Venom outdoors inferno ice fishing jig

    Bait Up Bait Container

    Bait container that keeps your hands dry and warm in cold weather. Two sizes available at Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle.


      Bait Up Minnow Holder dry hands


      Strikemaster Lithium 40 volt Auger

      Blue Ribbon has been selling a lot of these augers, and Strikemaster can't keep up the production. One 10" is still available at Blue Ribbon.


        Strikemaster Lithium 40v battery

          Marcum Lithium Shuttle

          One of the top new ice fishing sonars on the market! 40 hours of continuous run time, 12 volt 12 amp hour Lithium ION battery, fast recharge, dual USB power ports, dual rod holders built into the device handle, inverted transducer rest eliminates freeze up. Overall, a very lightweight sonar unit. There's still one available at Blue Ribbon.


            Marcum Lithium Shuttle


            Dave's Wedgees

            Scented plastics with great action and glow colors- Available on our website HERE.


              Dave's Wedgees Ice fishing plastics


              Engel Coolers

              Great for keeping your minnows alive and traveling. Various sizes available at Blue Ribbon.


              Engel Bait Cooler for sale

              Vexan Rods

              Some of the hottest ice fishing rods we've ever carried. Pro-Staff recommended. Available at Blue Ribbon.


              Vexan Ice fishing Rods

              Limit Creek Rods

              Great balance of sensitivity and power, at a great value. Available at Blue Ribbon.


              Limit creek ice fishing rods


              New customers are frequently shocked at our great propane prices. Who doesn't want to enjoy some of the best local prices on propane? Available at Blue Ribbon, and don't forget your punch card!


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                Hard Water Ice Fishing Expo- Nov 17-19, Blaine MN

                Hard Water Ice Fishing Expo- Nov 17-19, Blaine MN 0

                Come See Blue Ribbon at the Ice Fishing Expo 

                Are you as excited about ice fishing season as we are? Attend the expo and stop by the Blue Ribbon Booth to see our new custom ice rods, show specials, and more. Visit the Expo website with questions or give our shop a call! 


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                Fall River Smallmouth Strategies

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                Fall River Smallmouth Strategies

                By Scott King, Blue Ribbon Pro-Staff

                As our water temperatures continue to cool, opportunities increase to capitalize on aggressive smallmouth bass.  They’re easier to catch for awhile right now folks, so follow these tips until you put the boat away for winter.

                Early to Mid-Fall

                Fish will be shallow when the water temperature is in the low 60s. You can fish the banks if there’s something unique to it.  Riprap is good, as is any change from rock to sand.  I stay away from uniform looking banks.  Points off the bank are the best piece of structure.  Fish are often on the shallow portions of these points right now.   Connect with them by throwing topwater baits in the lower light hours, or if it's calm and overcast.  Rapala Skitter Walks are awesome walk the dog baits for these conditions.  During the daylight hours, fish may be a bit deeper around shad schools, and jerkbaits like the Rapala X-Rap work well. Smaller swimbaits on jigheads can really produce, too.  Try the Top Water Tackle swimbaits found at Blue Ribbon.  

                Mid to Late-Fall

                Smallmouths and their forage will be well off the banks again (like they were in the heat of the summer), relating to the bigger points in the rivers.  Use the areas where the points break into the deeper water. When bass are chasing shad, the topwater baits can still work into the low 50-degree water.  However, the swimbaits fished slower (often ticking the bottom on the retrieve) and jig/plastic combos often produce the most fish.  White and silver colors that mimic shad will get the most grabs.  The Rapala X-Rap produces into the latest weeks of the season, but longer pauses are often necessary.  Think slower and lower in the water column, as the temperature dips.  Live minnows can be the key at this time of year, too.  Dragging them on the rocky spots of these points is dynamite.  The crew at Blue Ribbon will hook you up with the live meat you need.

                Keeping it simple on the rivers with these strategies will produce good catches for you this fall.  I look forward to it each year, and you certainly don’t contend with as much fishing pressure or recreational traffic on the water.  Good luck out there.  

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                About the Author: Scott King, Blue Ribbon Bait Pro-Staff

                Scott enjoys fishing in northern Wisconsin, Mille Lacs, the St. Croix, and various other metro waters. He has fished for trophy bass (both largemouth and smallmouth) for the past decade, participating in several bass tournament circuits from 2001−2006. He’s also fished muskies for nearly 30 years.

                Ice fishing four or five days a week for crappies and walleyes on the St. Croix has given Scott his winter fix since 1998.

                Another of Scott’s specialties within fishing is youth education. He relates well with kids, and has helped with several kids tournaments and derbies with the Cub Scouts.

                Scott also enjoys writing, and has a few fishing-related articles under his belt, which include publications in Fish and Game Finder Magazine and Musky Hunter.

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