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Published May 09, 2009, 10:29 PM

Looking for the big one at the fishing opener

Pelican Lake, Minn. (WDAY TV) - Well while some people were concerned about their times and finishing yhe race, others were thinking about catching the big one. Its opening day of walleye season in Minnesota, and WDAY 6 Sports Director Steve Hallstrom hit the water at Pelican Lake. It was a brand new year but it felt a lot like last year's opener on Pelican Lake. Temps about 40, water about 45, the skies were cloudy but our spirits were high, celebrating an outdoors tradition.

By: Steve Hallstrom, WDAY

Pelican Lake, Minn. (WDAY TV) - Well while some people were concerned about their times and finishing yhe race, others were thinking about catching the big one. Its opening day of walleye season in Minnesota, and WDAY 6 Sports Director Steve Hallstrom hit the water at Pelican Lake.

It was a brand new year but it felt a lot like last year's opener on Pelican Lake. Temps about 40, water about 45, the skies were cloudy but our spirits were high, celebrating an outdoors tradition.

We had five guys in our party, in two boats, Darrin Danyo and Bruce Ramlo of West Fargo in boat one and Rick Samson of West Fargo with me and my 10 year old son Aaron in the other.

We concentrated our efforts on weedy spots near first breaks in 10 to 15 feet of water, 8th ounce jigs with shiner minnows seemed to be everyone's best plan.

Bruce got right to work with a couple nice walleyes in the 21 to 22 inch range.

We were ready to take our turn but it was just the pike parade for us, caught about five of them between noon and one. We were looking for a different type of fish, but at least they were pretty good sized.

Finally around one, our first catch worth celebrating.

“Nice walleye!! Finally got one, nice little Minnesota walleye, huh Steve?”

We're on some fish now, anchored fishing jigs and just reeling back slow, slow presentation.

“This time of year you just have to be patient don't you.”

It is it's a slow bite today the water's only about 45, and we've tried lindy rigging a little bit, but jigging seems to be taking the fish today so far anyway, but unfortunately that was the end of the fun. By mid afternoon rain started to fall and that was all we needed to call it a day.

It wasn’t' the prettiest day and we didn't have the prettiest results, but five good friends and three good fish, plus a couple nice sized pike? Probably just enough to get us out again next year if we have feeling back in our fingers by then.

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