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Walleye Opener '07!

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Other than the wind today, which was tolerable, I don't think we could have asked for nicer weather this past weekend. It's been quite a few openers since gloves were optional and people being seen with no shirts and shorts. And, I'll tell you, the fish did not disappoint either. I will say the action was not what it was last year but the quality was there and when you were "on" fish, you were definitely "on" them. The schools of fish, for us, were not as concentrated but more than willing to chase, so that helped with the search.

I started Saturday with my mom and dad on the sand S and W of Malmo Bay. We immediately found ourselves smack dab in the middle of a school of post-spawn females in the 24 - 27.5" range. In order to stay with these fish, we worked an outside turn off a break line in 19 - 21' of water with leeches behind 6' snells, a red hook and glow bead. Once this bite subsided, we slid out deeper to take a look, but again adjusted our presentations. We went to lighter sinkers (i.e. 1/4 oz) and longer snells (i.e.~10') and just a red hook w/o a glow bead. With the low winds, we were able to stay right over top the presentation and give the fish a good look at what they were deciding to eat. This proved to be the "show-stopper" for our slot fish, which all fell in that 18 - 19" range. Today, we adjusted our game plan, mainly because of the wind, and ventured S of Fisher's Resort. Boat traffic was next to non-existent when we first arrived at our location but after sticking a few fish, it didn't take long to have a little company. In any event, we put together another nice day of fishing and the presentation remained the same as it was for our slot fish in the sand. The only difference was we went to heavier sinkers (i.e. 1.25 oz) to compensate for the chop and we also targeted shallower fish, in that 15 - 17' range. The quality of fish was down just a touch from what it was in the sand but the numbers made up the difference. For awhile this morning, you didn't even need to give the fish any line. It was like jig fishing with Lindy Rigs. grin.gif

I have included a few photos from the weekend. Enjoy!

My dad got things rolling within the first 5 minutes we arrived to our spot Saturday morning with this 24.5" bulldog.


My mom quickly answered with this beautiful 26"er.


I had to do better. This one went 27.5" and proved to be the biggest of the weekend for us.


My sister got today going quickly too. A 25.5"er, her largest to date!


My mom and dad with some of our better slot fish from Saturday.


I stuck this one just before moving to the slot fish on Saturday. Just a touch over 26".


These 23 - 24" "models" dominated at times today. They are just viscous!


My dad and sister with some of our better slot fish from today.


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Nice pic's and great report! Good to see someone have some good quality family time!

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great report! ditto on the family trip. we couldnt decide between the southwest corner and northeast. the wind made our decision. it looks like they are just plain hungry from the reports. what a great time to be fishing walleye on mille lacs!



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It's tough not to love The Freshwater Giant!

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Awesome report. Heading up Thurs. Predicting South wind 10-15. Fish Fischer's and just south of there (I think I know where your'e talking about). Then head up to the Sand?? How far up ?? Barnacles??

I guess most importantly how deep???

What point do you throw out your drift sock for drifting ? Winds over 10 mph??Seems like when I get up there it's usually calm or 3 ft swells. Then its a "no brainer"

Thanks!! grin.gif

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The Carlsona area would be a good starting point before heading up that direction. Look in 19 - 22' for starters and then go deeper from there if nothing unfolds.

Unless it's dead calm, I almost always use a drift sock (or two). The slower, the better.

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    • Brianf.
      Hard to imagine an ice-out anytime before the month of May with that 10-day forecast and how much ice/snow still exists on the lake.  If ice out happens just prior to the opener, I do feel like that could be a good thing for the overall bite.  Let’s hope that is the outcome here and not an opener where we are ice fishing.   Remember the ice out date in 2012?  April 2nd...  Amazing to think it was ever that early!   Jeff and I will be up this weekend, retrieving our boats from winter storage and chasing some whitefish, Tullies, jumbo perch, and maybe even a crappie or two.  The bite for all species is usually really good this time of year so we’re looking forward to that. 
    • SkunkedAgain
      It's my favorite time of the year, looking at the forecast and trying to figure out when the lake will truly begin its annual change. Daytime highs will be above freezing 8 of the next 10 days with refreezing at night. Maybe 7-8 inches of snow next week, but that precipitation forecast is too far off to be accurate. It's slightly more reliable than my prediction of a hurricane hitting the lake! I do see sun forecasted for 5 of 10 days with temps above freezing. The sun is starting to get pretty strong even when air temps aren't that high. If that snow doesn't hit mid-week, I could see a portion of the snowpack melting.   I'm heading up tomorrow to *inspect* the lake in person  
    • jparrucci
      Below zero lows...we are going the wrong way.  Not looking real good at the moment for an ice free opener. Things can go fast like last year with a handful of very warm days, but we better start making progress soon. 
    • Keev12
    • Keev12
      Y'all tried wild rice walleye cakes ?   Here is the link to the full recipe and you can order minnesota wild rice as well  https://wildrice.com/blogs/wild-rice-recipes/wild-rice-walleye-cakes
    • Keev12
      I just order minnesota wild rice online and get it shipped to me via WildRice.com 
    • Keev12
      may 16th     
    • monstermoose78
      I think it should be all froze up after tonight it say -2 this morning on the truck.
    • leech~~
      He wanted his fish Back!  
    • Hookmaster
      I noticed something in the pictures of the fish in my previous post that show up on my phone but not here. The little icon in the lower right. When I touch it, up pops the email of the author of the newspaper article that the phone detected. Maybe the phone is too smart!!😜
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