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This forum has been quiet for awhile. How about another shot at sharing plans for opening?

I'm staying home and opening my season on Clearwater.

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Hey, D-man -- If the high was 35 here, think what you missed by not staying on Mille Lacs.

If it's possible for a 130,000+ lake to be too crowded, I'd say Mille Lacs comes close on opening day. (I'm not saying there won't be plenty of folks on Clearwater, however.)

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Thats why iam glad iam at a private access. Once you get on the water, its easy to avoid the crowds. You have no problem with your access as well. Thats what gets me the most is the guys who are out for the first time of the year and they forget how to back a trailer in....

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I will be at Mille Lacs as always. I did fish Clearwater for opening two years ago and the high was 35 with a windchill in the high teens. Sunday was better and fished crappies on the main lake with great success. Even though the weather was cold, still alot of people out.

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I think I've seen just about every kind of situation at boat launches, from fist fights to domestic tension likely to cause divorce, to trucks and cars rolling into the water, etc.

However, my biggest peeve is with those clowns who back into a ramp, THEN proceed to remove travel cover, tie-downs, etc. WHY will these inconsiderate slobs not realize there are staging areas for preparations before launch, just as there are places to button down after boat retrieval.

D-man, maybe we should start a launch ramp stories thread.

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Hey guys, do I ever agree with you on the boat ramp people. Every opening day it happens. If I don't beat the rush I end up having my blood pressure raise about a hundred points, as the people in line can't figure it out you can actually take the strap off, raise the motor and put the gear in the boat before you back onto the ramp. My blood pressure went up already and there's still snow on the ground. I'm fishing some small lakes by Marcell on the opener as I don't have the "ramp" people at those lakes. After the opener they seem to get fewer. I guess that is the only time of the year a lot of these people fish. Thanks for getting me worked up. I guess I'll go get a beer and settle back down. Good luck on the soft water, can't wait.

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I for one won't be fishing on the opener simply because of the hassle trying to get my boat into and out of the water. I guess that I just gor spoiled having property on the lake for so many years that now the launch issue with the crowds on the opener is too much. Personally I have always done much better the weekend after anyway.

Clayton, I like your idea about landing horror stories. I'll post it on the open water forum.

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