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Title: Fishing opener
Post by: glenn57 on April 04/28/22, 01:14:28 PM
Any chance the DNR might delay the opener in the northern part of the state to protect the spawning walleyes? I stopped to check the creek that runs from spring lake to Jessie, twice and didn't see a fish. Our lake shows no sign of opening up soon unless the weather changes fast.
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Post by: Steve-o on April 04/28/22, 01:24:18 PM
Glenn, who would take walleyes when they're spawning?   :scratch: :doah: :angry:
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Post by: Jerkbiat on April 04/28/22, 01:51:12 PM
Mother nature may delay it. But the DNR sure won't.
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Post by: Boar on April 04/28/22, 02:24:17 PM
3t of I ce cap yet
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Post by: glenn57 on April 04/28/22, 02:28:45 PM
Glenn, who would take walleyes when they're spawning?   :scratch: :doah: :angry:
boar!!! :confused: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Fishing opener
Post by: LPS on April 04/28/22, 02:47:33 PM
They let people harass them up here in the spring so doesn't seem to matter to the DNR
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Post by: Jerkbiat on April 04/28/22, 03:39:45 PM
As Much as I like to fish on late ice. I wish they would close the season on LOTW March 31st and not open it until the Saturday of Memorial weekend. And drop the limit to 4 of any combination. And limit the ice roads to no more than 10 miles off shore.
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Post by: dutchboy on April 04/28/22, 03:45:11 PM
As Much as I like to fish on late ice. I wish they would close the season on LOTW March 31st and not open it until the Saturday of Memorial weekend. And drop the limit to 4 of any combination. And limit the ice roads to no more than 10 miles off shore.

I'm guessing the resorts would contribute a BIG pile of money to stop that. I wonder what they pay Joe Henry to be pumping LOTW all over the media?
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Post by: Jerkbiat on April 04/28/22, 03:56:54 PM
ya, no kidding. That is one guy I would like to put a gag on.
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Post by: dutchboy on April 04/28/22, 04:24:06 PM
He's doing what they are paying him to do, although I think ultimately they are hurting the resource. A lot of pressure up there, especially in the winter.
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Post by: Boar on April 04/28/22, 07:09:56 PM
Opener gona be interesti g
Title: Re: Fishing opener
Post by: Jerkbiat on April 04/29/22, 06:49:49 AM
Yuppers. The boats will be packed in the gap like sardines like 2013.
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Post by: roony on April 04/29/22, 07:01:56 AM
Fishing Opener to a fisherman is like New Years Eve to a drinker. Amateur Hour
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Post by: Pulleye16 on April 04/29/22, 08:20:26 AM
The older I get, the more "fair weather fisherman" I've become. Not a fan of opener (we typically go the second weekend) and it's never "great" fishing. I prefer a mid June to July 4th.

I have a turkey tag to fill so I'm kinda hoping for ice up north still so I can get out in the woods vs the lake. Yeah...I'm that guy!
Title: Re: Fishing opener
Post by: LPS on April 04/29/22, 08:33:25 AM
Hopefully it is nice out on the opener.  The wife usually sits in the boat with me and the boys here close to home for awhile and then she gets antsy and likes to build a fire.  Some years we catch fish some we don't.  When I see the smoke I know she is in her element.  I eventually go and sit with her by the fire.  Makes for a great day!
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Post by: Gunner55 on April 04/29/22, 08:44:13 AM
We will go for a boat ride if it's a nice day, just to get out. May even wet a line if 1 of my early spots isn't too busy.  :fish2: or no :fish2: isn't really a deal breaker for us.
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Post by: Jerkbiat on April 04/29/22, 11:06:09 AM
Haven't been out for opener in about 20 years. Maybe some year we will again.
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Post by: Gunner55 on April 04/29/22, 04:01:54 PM
Ever since we got the Zeebs, the single day visitors have gotten fewer here. Lots of bars, humps, & flats here too so the lake has a reputation for often being tough to fish. Besides, Bowstring is just a hop, skip, & a jump away. It gets pounded all year long as it's known for being pretty easy to figure out.
Title: Re: Fishing opener
Post by: LPS on April 04/29/22, 04:34:19 PM
Ottertail had lots of humps, ridges, flats etc.  I really like fishing that stuff.  Not a lot of that on the river or the lake neither actually.  A 2' change in depth is structure here.  Kind of boring for a guy like me but it is all fun. 
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Post by: Jerkbiat on April 04/29/22, 06:44:04 PM
There are actually a fair amount of reefs on this side of the lake. Some even semi close. Like Graceton, Zipple. Long point has 4 or 5 reefs. Then you head west and north from there. And then up at the angle. It is a long haul for you though LPS.
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Post by: LPS on April 04/29/22, 07:20:24 PM
I want to get out on the lake a few times this summer.  Wait for a nice day and bring lunch along too. 
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Post by: glenn57 on April 04/29/22, 07:40:58 PM
i didnt think they delay opener..its all about the $$$$$$. the resorts would throw a fit....but if all this 4 limit talk, and  people whining about red and LOTW's being beat up...................
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Post by: Boar on April 04/30/22, 08:45:36 AM
Red ia fine. LOT is hurtin.
 
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Post by: dutchboy on April 04/30/22, 08:49:37 AM
I want to get out on the lake a few times this summer.  Wait for a nice day and bring lunch along too.

How busy is the river in the summer? Any good Pike areas or do you need to fish the lake for them. I'm guessing most of the summer river traffic is locals, guys that live on the river?
Title: Re: Fishing opener
Post by: LPS on April 04/30/22, 08:52:33 AM
Can be busier some days but not like the lake.  Can catch pike while fishing for walleyes or near shoreline weeds.  I usually find a place to anchor and fish with jigs and frozen shiners.  Keep moving around hoping to find them.  Best bite is right before dark.  That is pretty late in mid summer so I like it best in the fall. 
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Post by: dutchboy on April 04/30/22, 09:26:12 AM
Thanks.

Although I've fished a lot of Mille Lacs, Kab, Namakin & Rainy the last 20 years my heart really is in fishing rivers. Hard to beat a slow lazy drift downstream on a sunny day. Catching is always secondary for me anyway.
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Post by: LPS on April 04/30/22, 02:26:48 PM
Yup I just like being in my boat. 
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Post by: Jerkbiat on April 04/30/22, 06:32:44 PM
Mee to. Even just sitting in the garage sometimes.  :rotflmao:
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Post by: glenn57 on April 04/30/22, 06:57:52 PM
Mee to. Even just sitting in the garage sometimes.  :rotflmao:
:rotflmao: :rotflmao: I like fishing to but not that much!!! :shocked: :rolleyes: :rotflmao:
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Post by: Bobberineyes on April 04/30/22, 11:13:38 PM
Yep, you guys stay home, I'll let ya know if der bitin!!  :happy1:
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Post by: glenn57 on May 05/01/22, 07:26:26 AM
Yep, you guys stay home, I'll let ya know if der bitin!!  :happy1:
:rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: i havent fished opener in years.....i avoid amateur weekend!!!!!!!  :rolleyes: :evil: :happy1: :rotflmao:
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Post by: dutchboy on May 05/01/22, 07:31:25 AM
It's amateur hour anytime I go.
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Post by: snow1 on May 05/03/22, 11:13:21 AM
Hot summer day at any public launch with a cooler of cold beverage's is a great past time,amazing how many trailers are afraid of water... Been years fishing opener,sodak walleyes open year around,back in my mille lacs days we would launch after the crazy crowds around 10am,no lines easy peasy.

Dutchy,what's the word on your trike....yah or nah? bet it's sweet.
Title: Re: Fishing opener
Post by: dutchboy on May 05/03/22, 11:32:32 AM
Trike is in the garage. Trying to decide if I put snow tires on or wait. After the trailer ride home in the rain & slop it needs a good bath. Maybe later this week.
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Post by: glenn57 on May 05/03/22, 11:54:33 AM
 :happy1: looks like a fine I-Falls cougar magnet to me!!! :sleazy: :happy1: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
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Post by: snow1 on May 05/03/22, 12:02:26 PM
LOOKS SWEET DUTCH,I see you have a spot for glenn to ride bitch eh? lol. :happy1:
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Post by: dutchboy on May 05/03/22, 12:03:13 PM
Once the cougars realize I'm broke they will be a non-issue. With diesel over $5 a gallon it will become my grocery getter i'm afraid.
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Post by: mike89 on May 05/03/22, 12:41:45 PM
kids out horsing around???    :confused:

all lucky at least.... 


https://bringmethenews.com/minnesota-news/five-people-rescued-after-boat-flips-over-near-spicer-mn
Title: Re: Fishing opener
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/03/22, 02:24:14 PM
Once the cougars realize I'm broke they will be a non-issue. With diesel over $5 a gallon it will become my grocery getter i'm afraid.
:rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Fishing opener
Post by: Steve-o on May 05/03/22, 02:37:08 PM
Once the cougars realize I'm broke they will be a non-issue. With diesel over $5 a gallon it will become my grocery getter i'm afraid.
Hate to brake 'dis to youz, but 'dem Cougars ain't after y'er money.   :sleazy:
Title: Re: Fishing opener
Post by: LPS on May 05/03/22, 03:35:24 PM
kids out horsing around???    :confused:

all lucky at least.... 


https://bringmethenews.com/minnesota-news/five-people-rescued-after-boat-flips-over-near-spicer-mn


Kids having too much fun and not using their brains. 
Title: Re: Fishing opener
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/13/22, 07:59:08 AM
for anyone going out tomorrow..keep that rig between the ditched, the boat in the water....good luck and be safe!!!!!!!! and catch a biggin.......no..not an AL bundy biggin!!!!!!! :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
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Post by: HD on May 05/13/22, 12:41:29 PM
I'm just going to be sitting on the dock....
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Post by: glenn57 on May 05/13/22, 12:54:59 PM
 :happy1: little more water in there then when I was there last fall!!! :happy1:
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Post by: HD on May 05/13/22, 01:00:34 PM
:happy1: little more water in there then when I was there last fall!!! :happy1:

Yup, it's back up to full (as a matter of fact, I'm raising the dock right now)

I'm going to grab my casting net and take a couple pulls. I'm hopeful that all my fish didn't die.
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Post by: GrandpaTom on May 05/14/22, 03:30:03 PM
Anybody ever use one of these for an opener??
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Post by: glenn57 on May 05/14/22, 05:58:33 PM
 :rotflmao: :happy1: yep back in da old days. Think I still got one in my tackle box and tool box!!
Title: Re: Fishing opener
Post by: LPS on May 05/14/22, 07:45:43 PM
I have two chipped teeth from when we just bite them off.  My Dentist didn't know what to think of that.  LOL
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Post by: Steve-o on May 05/16/22, 08:12:08 AM
'Da opener came and went and I paid no attention to it.  Way to much stuff to catch up on around the yard after one of the crappiest springs in recent memory.
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Post by: snow1 on May 05/16/22, 08:50:21 AM
Agreed steve-o,been a long time since I fished mn opener,yard detail most of saturday ...been fixing my walleye itch fishing the missouri near chamblain SD,plenty of action,walleye sheephead,white bass,catfish,never know what lurks/bites fishing the river.

I was surprised mn bass season was open already,fishing panfish last week near my house in hugo,bass were on nests in the shallows,easy pickens for folks meat fishing.
Title: Re: Fishing opener
Post by: LPS on May 05/16/22, 09:29:49 AM
Can't keep bass till after June 1 south of some line in mid state.
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Post by: mike89 on May 05/16/22, 09:35:50 AM
yes catch and release only till Memorial weekend...
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Post by: snow1 on May 05/16/22, 10:23:49 AM
Hmmm,thanx for the info guyz,always thought fishing outof season game fish was illegal ,harrassing spawning fish in minn,not so these days I guess
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Post by: Boar on May 05/16/22, 11:47:19 AM
Mo money mo money.money money money!!!!