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OK, I now officially submit to open water

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Yes, I am rather down that this weekend will be my first without ice fishing since December 15th. So, I guess I'll have to garner some enthusiasm to fish open water. I am a panfish freak, but I'm rather excited for walleye opener. Admittedly, I am a walleye illiterate. But, I can hold my own early in the year when the 'eyes will crack a jig and minnow combo.

So, with that in mind, where will all the East Central fisherman be on opening day? What's your never-fail tactic? What's your best opener in recent memory? Let's here it folks.

I'll open on the Cross-Pokegama-Snake River system. Jig and minnow rarely lets me down in those waters. My best opener was 3 years ago when 3 of us boated 39 walleyes (kept 10 for eats), a couple dozen nice crappies, numerous monster silver bass, and a gazzilion sheephead in about 6 hours. We figured we went through at least 12 dozen minnows. We finally quit when we ran out of minnows and could not get a bite on leeches or crawlers.

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You know... that is unbelievable. I ahve tried my haredest to fish those two lakes but to NO avail. I ahve learned to stick to the lakes around my house or head to the "dead sea" or soon will be. If you don't mind me asking... where one those lakes are you catching those fish? I would love to find new lakes around the area that can produce fish like that.

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So, no one is going on the Minnesota opener? Cool, I'll have the lake all to myself.

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B. If I do go out on the opener, it will most likely be to E. and W. Rush. Over the years the Ol Fart and I have fished them more and more. Their close to his place in E. Bethel, and even tho they get a lot of pressure, theres allways a spot to plop a bobber! Last year he put back a 34" eye off of the west lake, it was a gas watching it take him around the boat a few times!!

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34" 'eye. Wow. That's enormous.

You know, normally I'd question the validity of a 34" 'eye, but not out of Rush. There are some absolute monsters in this lake.

Plus, Labrat is not a known FM forum fibber. Now, if he tells us he stuck a 55" musky. Well we might...

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Yeah I did! It was two 22.5"ers dat was fightin ta get dat sucker dat I had on. Oh yeah! I forgot, dat sucker was a 54"er too! and dey was a tryn ta get'em from boat ends! So ifs ya count all tree IT VAS A 109"ER!!!

I did see a nice 40-45" that was caught and released right off the channel a couple of springs ago, the guy worked his buns off trying to revive it, must have taken him twenty minutes and three repositions to grab it again before it would go.

The kicker on the Ol Farts fish.... no camera, and his old DeLiar only goes to 8Lbs. I'm gonna pick him up one of the digital scales as a pre-fathers day thingy this year, and then I'll have to listen to how "in the old days we'd just keep 5 pound rocks in the boat and use the rod as a balance scale" or some such!

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