A few anglers braved the conditions today for the fishing openerOtter Tail County WDAY TV) -- To most Minnesotans and the weather felt like Christmas for this fishing opener few anglers braved the chop and high winds and instead turned to the calmer rivers and streams to try and find a walleye.
By: Dom Izzo, WDAY
Otter Tail County (WDAY TV) -- To most Minnesotans and the weather felt like Christmas for this fishing opener few anglers braved the chop and high winds and instead turned to the calmer rivers and streams to try and find a walleye.
The 1st stop of the day was at the Pelican River; where 3 guys who go fishing every year on the opener; had to change their normal venue and expectations.
Patrick Carroll/Plymoth, MN: "We weren't optimistic I'll say that much with all the ice on the lakes we were scouting out the smaller lakes and hoping the ice be out on those; it really wasn't wind picked up today and think it created chaos out there came out to this river and so far had a little bit of luck."
Shawn Arntson of Moorhead also came to the Pelican River looking for his
first walleye of the season; and he had already been out on the boat and was trying to get adjusted to fishing in a stream...
Shawn Arntson: "I'm not really too sure one of the first streams that I fished that I can remember usually the wind works alright to get a little cap not a whitecap something to ripple the water."
I then went north to hit up Lake Franklin; where Dean Lemke and his friends were just returning from a morning on the lake; but with few fish to report.
Guys catch anything?
Dean Lemke: "Few small northerns; small bass; pretty slow; pretty rough out there maybe 3 foot rollers out there on the water."
Lemke's fish total seems to be more the normal rather than the exception on this incredibly difficult fishing opener.
Dom reports a total of 1 walleye was brought in his 4 hours in Lakes Country this morning.