Minnesota anglers throw out the lines on the Minnesota fishing openerDetroit Lakes, MN (WDAY TV) - If you weren't running or watching the marathon, hopefully you got a chance to hit the waters for the Minnesota Walleye fishing opener.
By: Tim Frie, WDAY
Detroit Lakes, MN (WDAY TV) - If you weren't running or watching the marathon, hopefully you got a chance to hit the waters for the Minnesota Walleye fishing opener.
For those who love to live in the land of 10,000 lakes, this is a day they have circled on their calendars months in advance.
Jared Barbee/Avid Fisherman: “Minnesota is the state of fishing, in my opinion. Like I said it's the time to kick off the season today. A lot of people don't mind if they catch many fish. It's just a fun time to get in the boat.”
Jared Barbee of Moorhead was gracious enough to be my guide for the morning as we tried to reel in a few walleyes.
We started off on West McDonald just south of Vergas. As you can tell, the action was a little slow.
Barbee: “The water clarity there was about 20 feet and the water temp was in the low 40's and I don't think the fish had spawned yet in that particular lake so that's a big reason.”
So we decided to cut our losses and move on to Lake Sally just outside of Detroit Lakes.
Sally was a much more popular lake than West McDonald but the results were also unfortunately popular.
Barbee: “This particular lake the access was full. We talked to a lot of guys and they hadn't been catching any either so we'll see what we can do.”
Although some of you might just think we are lousy fishermen, fishing opener has rarely been a day famous for producing limits of fish.
Barbee: “You know sometimes we do very well and sometimes we don't. That's a part of fishing. It makes you keep coming back for more.”
Judging by our luck today, or lack thereof, Barbee will be back in the boat soon. Hopefully those of you who also hit the waters today, had a better day than we did.
Although they didn't catch any walleyes today, the two did manage to get a couple Northerns in the boat.