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  1. 1. What species are you targeting for opener?

    • Walleye
    • Northern
    • Trout
    • Panfish
    • Bass C&R
    • Anything that will bite!
    • Other
  2. 2. How do you pick the lake you will be fishing on opener?

    • I live on the lake
    • Tradition and I always fish the same lake each opener
    • Randomly pick a new lake each year
    • I use DNR lake data and make choices off of that
    • Bait shop guy told me to try this lake
    • Weather dictates where I'm going
    • Other
  3. 3. Who's your fishing partner?

    • Relatives
    • Friends
    • Significant other

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Is anyone else as excited as me for opener?  I'm getting really excited and I'm done planting corn for the first time in years so I can actually participate!  I read that people are thinking it's going to be a shinner bite and that they were expecting the fish to be up shallow feeding.  I haven't been fishing yet this spring so I don't have any helpful information on that topic but I'm assuming they walleyes will be chasing after the bait fish.  

Our boat got a new aerator and bilge pump put into it this week so after picking it up I went to the access on pelican to start the motor and visually see that we had water flowing which its been years so I was very excited to see water flowing, I know I'm a LOSER but it's the little things in life some days.  While I was running the motor the girlfriend was on the dock and goes look at all the fish!  I don't know if they were shiners or not but there was a school of 2-3" bait fish maybe 10-12 feet wide by 20-25 feet long just swimming through up shallow near the dock.  I was on the windward side of the lake so I know wind blows some bait fish around but it was cool to see.  It also was cool to see because I think the girlfriend is excited to start out fishing me again this year.

I'm going to try to do a poll if it works but I'm curious what people are going to target for opener.  Good luck everyone and stay safe water temp at the access was 52 degrees.

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    • Josh.P 86
      I haven't fished up there for a couple of years but the first time i fished it was about fifteen years ago and we were on moccasin. We did pretty well caught lots of sunfish but size was nothing special. Crappies were decent with a couple large ones. Since then i have gone back maybe three times and caught more large mouth bass than anything.
    • Josh.P 86
      Anything i can without my wife noticing! lol
    • PRO-V
      Makes sense. I live in northern Minnesota so most of our lakes don't seem to require much stocking other than old mine pits. I'm not familiar with the southern half.
    • OhioVike
      I picked up new rain gear last year.  I took a layering approach and went with Gill. I love the stuff and can more comfortably wear it in warmer climates.   jacket - bibs - bib& insul bib -        
    • h8go4s
      Like stocking walleyes into every mudhole in the state? Yes, I'm exaggerating, but if walleye stocking were ended, lots of lakes would eventually be walleye-free. Stocking fish in Minnesota (walleyes, trout and muskie for the most part) is done to boost tourism and all the various industries associated with tourism. That includes resorts, bait shops, restaurants, boat manufacturers and retailers, tackle manufacturer and retailers, clothing manufacturers and retailers, guides, advertising, publishers, websites and probably others I haven't thought of. It's a big part of the economy, and the popularity of muskie fishing is booming. The state should promote and support muskie fishing just like walleye fishing for the same reasons. No, I'm not a muskie fisherman. I own a few muskie baits and occasionally fling them around, but not seriously. I'm too old and my shoulders are too lame to do that very long. I've caught maybe 6 muskies in the last 15 years, and most of them were caught bass fishing.
    • Wanderer
      I need to pick up 1 or 2 Muskie combos by June but haven’t fully decided what I want. Other than that, I’m taking it easy. My checking account is still feeling the effects Black Friday 2017. 
    • muskie-mike
      A bag of 50 1/16oz jig heads,that's it so  
    • monstermoose78
      Thanks to those who came
    • phishslayer
    • eyeguy 54
      True dat!  Ducer slides right next to the ice. I did fish in a couple 8 inch holes yesturday for a couple minutes after some guys left. Almost felt like i needed a life jacket on!! Lol