Guinness world record or not, that's a lot of fish

Man catches 2,160 fish in 24 hours

A Minnesota man who caught a whopping 2,160 fish from Lake Minnetonka during a 24-hour period believes his feat — this time — will land him in the Guinness World Records book.

Jeff Kolodzinski used his cane rod and a box of maggots to haul in his catch July 30-31 at the popular Minnesota fishing lake, catching mostly small bluegills and perch.

His previous best was 1,680 fish in 2008, and he was aiming for 1,700 this year.

The man called "Kolo" has tried to set the world record each of the past five years as a publicity stunt to raise money for Minneapolis youth programs and to show the world it doesn't take a pro's touch to enjoy angling.

Guinness officials have so far failed to recognize Kolodzinski's effort, saying they wanted more independent verification to certify the record.

This time, Kolodzinski had official timers, record-keepers and videographers on hand to validate his catches, and he hopes to have the record certified early next year.

Umpqua offers deal for students

Umpqua National Forest officials are giving area kids one more summer present before school starts. The Forest Service has waived its day-use fees at eight sites Saturday and Sunday to celebrate the upcoming back-to-school migration.

The typical $5 fee will be waived at the trailheads for Umpqua Hot Springs, Howlock Mountain and Mt. Thielsen, as well as the North Crater Horse Camp. Fees are also waived for the boat launches at Diamond Lake's South Shore and North End, Thielsen View ramp and Lemolo Lake's Poole Creek ramp.

Camping fees, however, will remain unchanged during the weekend.

For more information, call the Umpqua National Forest at 541-672-6601.

Elk seminar tonight

An archery hunter who also owns an elk-call company will host a free elk-hunting seminar this evening at the Big R Store in White City.

Willy Rogers will bring his "Blue Collar Elk Seminars" series to the store, at 7303 Crater Lake Highway, at 6 p.m.

The seminar will include discussions on the mental and physical preparations for elk hunting, alternative-calling tactics, and how to outsmart other hunters, as well as elk.

Discussions will include the statistical odds of drawing a controlled-hunt tag and improving one's odds for hunting public lands.

A similar seminar will be held Friday at the Big R Store in Redmond.

Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470, or e-mail

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