Remembering Legendary Angler Ron Lindner

Ron Lindner, who founded In-Fisherman with his brother Al in 1975, passed away Nov. 30, 2020, at the age of 86.

Remembering Legendary Angler Ron Lindner

When it comes to fishing icons, few rise to the level of Ron Lindner (above). I first met him in 1987 when I went to work for the summer in northern Minnesota at Camp Fish, which was owned by Ron and his equally famous brother, Al Lindner.

On several occasions Ron and Al told me that the work done at Camp Fish by staff instructors and the In-Fisherman crew, which focused on teaching kids ages 8-16 how to be better multi-species anglers, was one of their proudest achievements in the fishing industry.

Ron had a passion for fishing, and teaching fishing, that burned until his final days. God bless the Lindner family today and in the future. Ron will be greatly missed.

Ron and Al Lindner started teaching anglers how to catch more and bigger fish in early 1970s. For a half century the two have represented the fishing industry with integrity and class.
Ron and Al Lindner started teaching anglers how to catch more and bigger fish in early 1970s. For a half century the two have represented the fishing industry with integrity and class.

Check out the video below from April 20, 2020, when Al Lindner tells his brother Ron that he’ll be inducted into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame.

The text below appeared this morning on In-Fisherman’s Facebook page.


At In-Fisherman, we pause to offer our condolences to the family of In-Fisherman co-founder Ron Lindner.

Lindner passed away on Monday at the age of 86. Lindner is survived by his wife of 66 years, Dolores, and their seven children and numerous grandchildren.

The brother tandem of Ron and Al Lindner were the masterminds behind the creation of the In-Fisherman Communications Network, which launched in 1975. At first, it consisted mainly of a magazine, focusing on multispecies fishing. Eventually, a nationally syndicated television show and radio program joined the mix, along with a series of books and videos, all geared toward introducing anglers to new fishing tactics and equipment.

Later, the In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail was launched by the Lindners as a means to promote competitive angling and create marketing opportunities for various manufacturers in the industry.

Ron and Al were the perfect team, both visionaries playing off each other’s strong points. They moved to Minnesota from Chicago in 1968 and opened a thriving fishing guide service known as the Nisswa Guides League focusing on trips in the Brainerd Lakes area. Later, they competed in fishing tournaments before shifting their focus to the creation of In-Fisherman.

They invented and marketed a number of lures that remain fixtures in tackle boxes around the country, including the Lindy Rig. They developed the “Fish+Location+Presentation = Success” (F+L+P=S) formula to help simplify fishing methods across the seasons.

A co-author of several books and owner of multiple patents, Ron was always measuring the pulse of the fishing industry in order to stay a step ahead of the crowd. That was in large part what made In-Fisherman such a popular entity among a hardcore group of anglers. “Teaching North America to Fish Is Our Business” was the In-Fisherman call to action and it served a generation of anglers and industry insiders well.

The Lindners sold In-Fisherman in 1998 to Primedia and later launched a new television show named Lindner’s Angling Edge under the Lindner Media Productions umbrella.

Al and Ron Lindner
Al and Ron Lindner

Ron Lindner is a member of several fishing halls of fame. He was a 1991 inductee into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. In 2007, both Ron and Al were inducted into the Normark Hall of Fame, a recognition of their contribution to the growth of Normark’s brands, including Rapala. Ron was also a member of the 2020 induction class for the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame.

Rest in peace, Ron. Your accolades are too many and varied to be captured here, right now, but will be revisited as we move forward in a fishing world much influenced by your life of service to the cause.


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