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For the last three years me and my buddies have been hitting Vermillion the weekend after opener. We have had pretty good luck, and even found a few nice crappie spots. There is less boat traffic, the bars aren't as busy and the weather is one week warmer. However every year I get a little jealous of all the opener talk, and the guys that get the first crack at those eyes. Here is to one more week of anguish, and checking the clock. Good luck to everyone that is heading out this weekend. Please think of me trimming out my basement as you reel in those big fish.

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i hope we're reeling in big ones. If I don't I may get tired of being out in the boat watching the snow flakes streak by at 33mph.

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You're not alone, it has been the weekend after opener for me and the group of guys that i go with for the last 10-12 years. Sure is hard to read all the posts, watch the coverage on the news, read the paper etc. when im not out on the water with all y'all. At least 'eyes are open on friday when i get to Leech, now if i can just find them....

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guys I am in the same boat as you. I am stuck at school until next weekend. I have been trying to satisfy my cravings down on the river by school, but it just isnt cutting it.... I need to get in my boat and catch some fish!

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I can't resist. For about 6 years in a row I opened at 6 am on opening day and consistently did poorly and caught few fish, the weather was usually under 60 and it almost always rained. I'd even take Friday or Monday off to prepare, scout, prefish sunnies. Every year, I'd always be ticked off when the next Saturday was 72 degrees, and I had it reserved for working on the house, or some other foolish work.

Finally, I decided to never fish on opener again. This year I decided to change that habit and hit it again. I worked three long nites setting up a new rig and preparing things like 4 gauge trolling wire, radios, batteries, new boat seats, etc. I only had one rule, it had to be more than 55 degrees if it rained, and/or the water temps had to be 50 degrees, then I'd go no matter what. I softened the rule to a recommendation and let my girlfriend's 12 year old decide the plan; this is liberating by the way. He was pretty down when I gave him my recommendation to not go, but I told him it was his choice, and we were going. On Friday I got a call; he decided to go see the Twins on Friday instead of heading north. As much as I like fishing, I was relieved and even more so when it rained all day Saturday and lake temps hadn't made 48.

Saturday's current forecast is for a high of 75 and I'm going fishing Wednesday, Thursday, Friday nites, and Saturday and Sunday. There will be no tears come this Saturday, the fish will be biting, and the weather will be grand. I'm jubilant and had to share.

No tears here.

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    • SkunkedAgain
      Yes indeed. We actually bought it together. We wedged the pontoon boat into that lift last fall and hoisted it out of the water. Unfortunately the water came up so much this spring, the pontoon couldn't float with the rising levels. There wasn't much that we could do opening weekend except wait for the water to drop and then assess the damage. It's mainly a garbage hauler so no big loss for a $500 boat/motor.
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    • Mike89
      Glenn will be jealous!!   🤣👍
    • Kettle
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    • cm012419
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      Sizes caught matched most recent survey very closely - a lot of 12-14" fish with a few 15". Three to six feet of water against rocky shoreline at dusk was very productive. Fish still discharging milt. Should continue to be great fishing for next couple weeks along shoreline. 
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      Our group of 6 guys did pretty good. From Thursday evening to Sunday caught a bunch of crappies, 4 walleyes that were to big, a handful of pike and sunfish. One sunfish was 11". All on the west end.
    • ReefWhooligan
      You did a lot better than us...  Did you mostly catch them in mornings and evenings or were you able to catch them mid-day also?
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