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traveler

Hey, It's almost opener!!

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traveler

Lets hear some chatter here:)!

Seems like just a couple weeks ago we were "suffering" thru the warmest winter/early spring in memory, and that it would be FOREVER till opener:) And...here we are! Boats are in (and running well...whew) the dock isn't quite in place due to really low water in the river, just the opposite of last years super high water. But I'll be at the cabin from opener thru the folowing weekend, so whats the rush, right?

Forecast for opening weekend looks good so far, the legislature is going to vote YES on the Vikings bill today...man, I LOVE spring:) Can't wait for those fresh walleyes frying in the pan!!

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powerpro2

I can't wait to be finished with college finals!!! Gonna be truckin' from Grand Forks straight to Waskish on friday! Perfect way to celebrate polishing off sophomore year of college poundin' walleyes on Red!!! Opener can't come any sooner!!

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traveler

I'm wondering how this low water will affect walleyes in the river. we're used to being able to catch fish off the dock, at least until the boat traffic puts em' down, it will be interesting to see if they're still in the river this year with the (not quite so) early spring and the continued very low water. Looks like it's down about 18 inches from last year (when it was way high) by the looks of my dock...

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MIDNIGHT777

Traveler,

I'll be on red for the 4th year in a row for opener and cant wait. I have never fished the river (never really had to) so dont know what that will be like. I say the fishing will be very good as usual. I bet we start to consistently see bigger fish if this last winter is any indicator. But, doubt we will have a problem filling out with nice keepers. I will probably start early pulling cranks early morn. and slow down when the traffic shows up.

Matt

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traveler

This will only be our 2nd opener at the cabin, but we just fish the river opening weekend to avoid the zoo downstream:) Of course, if we're not into fish we'll be down there in a heartbeat!

It will be interesting to see if the bigger fish we saw this winter will be a major part of the spring catch...let's hope so.

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cookie129

I'll be taking Jim Dusty and Sten out saturday for the day. I never count on the river. For some reason the best year in the river was the first year they reopened walleye.The second year was also pretty darn good.Since then it seems to me it has never been like that again.My plan at this time is to head up on the north shore. With my 20 foot tyee a little concerned about the low water .I'll have to have the guys all sit up in the front going out and coming in I think .The weather looks pretty nice should be another great opener. Gool luck to all and please be safe out there

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cookie129

wow come home for lunch and just like that both my groups for the cabins are not coming. Ouch did not see that coming. I still have a few guys staying down at the lake and I think Sten, jim and Dusty are still coming.

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traveler

Guess that was an expensive lunch!:) Hopefully someone will call last minute for you, but it's getting late in the game.

We really only fish the river on opener cause we can do it from the dock, kind of watch the world go by:) Well, what little bit of the world is 2 miles up river anyway! The river slowed way down last year as soon as the boat traffic picked up, I think this year we might be fishing the lake pretty quickly.

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