A Tribute To Ron Lindner

Ron Schara

MN-FISH President

“On behalf of our MN-FISH Board and members, we are saddened by the death of Ron Lindner, a fishing legend whose angling contributions go far beyond our Minnesota lakes and rivers. His passion for fishing — any kind of fish, anywhere — was ageless. Ron was always thinking of how to shorten the time between bites. We are grateful now for Ron's brother, Al Lindner, and the entire Lindner family who will carry on his legacy.”

John & Duane Peterson

Northland Fishing Tackle

“North American anglers and fishing industry stakeholders across the nation are mourning the loss of one of the country’s greatest fishing icons and legends of all time . . . Ron Lindner. He was the “God Father of Modern-Day Anglers” and many of us in the fishing industry were blessed to have worked and been mentored by him over the past 4 decades. His infectious personality, wisdom, and vision for the future of fishing had a huge impact on recreational sport-fishing, professional anglers, and U.S. manufacturers. He played a major role in transforming the science, methods, and techniques for catching fish for generations to come.

Ron co-founded, pioneered, and spearheaded the growth of numerous major fishing entities in Brainerd, Minnesota, due to his long list of professional talents. He was a savvy business entrepreneur, educator, innovator, inventor, writer, publisher, television producer, and tournament angler. He and his brother Al built a multimedia empire and a strong following with their visionary leadership focused on education, cutting-edge fishing techniques, new product developments, and grassroots promotional programs. These groundbreaking discoveries profoundly benefitted anglers and the growth and success of hundreds of manufacturers across the country, including Northland Fishing Tackle. Ron’s outgoing personality and willingness to discuss industry trends, issues, and new product ideas with anglers and company executives led to scores of successful product innovations nationwide. 

The energy, enthusiasm, passion, and vision for the future of fishing that Ron brought to our fishing fraternity and industry were life changing. He danced to his own music; always ahead of the curve and thinking “outside the box”. Ron’s faith, commitment to family and friends, and his genuine love of fishing and schooling others had a huge influence on the Peterson brothers and the Northland Fishing Tackle family.  

Rest in peace to our beloved friend. Your fishing legacy will live on for generations to come!”

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