Go Lead Free

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 9:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

I strongly encourage everyone to go lead-free. We’ve made that commitment in Minnesota’s aquatic education program. Our biggest concern are loons and fish-eating raptors, but many other species can be affected by lead in the environment. Check out these pages for more information:



The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has a long list of vendors that provide lead-free tackle: https://www.pca.state.mn.us/living-green/manufacturers-and-retailers-nonlead-tackle

In particular, Water Gremlin, www.watergremlin.com/gremlin-green, ("Gremlin Green" line features several styles of weights made from bismuth, and split-shot made from tin) and Northland Fishing Tackle, www.northlandtackle.com, (The "Nature Jig" is 100% lead free, cast from a nontoxic bismuth/tin alloy) have been our source for most of our split shot and jigs. Here is a contact for Northland:

Kyle Waterman

Marketing Coordinator

Northland Fishing Tackle


1001 Naylor Dr. SE Bemidji, MN 56601





Jeff Ledermann

Education and Skills Team Supervisor | Fish and Wildlife Outreach

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

500 Lafayette Rd N

St. Paul, MN 55155

Phone: 651-259-5247

Email: jeff.ledermann@state.mn.us



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