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About Jon Thelen

Jon Thelen has made a career in the fishing industry for over the past 25 years, but has been in love with the sport his entire life. Jon grew up fishing on weekends with his father and grandfathers at family cabins in the Alexandria and Leech Lake areas. During summer school breaks, Jon rode his bike to the Champlin Mill Pond in search of northern pike and cast from the shores of the Mississippi and Rum Rivers in Anoka, MN for anything that would bite! In his early 20’s Jon began fishing tournaments and in 2003 stepped into the Professional ranks of the In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail where he tallied numerous top 40 and several top 10 finishes while qualifying for multiple PWT championships. In 2008, Jon finished 5th in the Professional Walleye Trail Angler of the Year Standings. During this time, Jon also notched many top 10 finishes on smaller weekend based tournament trails like the NAWA, MTT, WWA and MWC. Throughout his career, Jon has been a fishing guide on famed Lake Mille Lacs, sold boats for a large Minneapolis area marine dealership and taken a large role in the day to day operations of the Lindy, Little Joe, and Thill tackle brands. Jon has been on the cover of over 25 magazines and appeared as a source in over 150 articles over the past 25 years. In 2012, Jon became the Field Producer and Host of Lindy’s Fish Ed Television before launching Jon Thelen's Destination-Fish Television in 2021. Jon's greatest enjoyment is sharing information that helps anglers of all skill levels have more success on the water.

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