The first fish came on the first cast and was on as soon as the jig and minnow hit the bottom.
That’s the way to start the walleye season and the action was red hot.
The first fishing excursions of the open water season here in central Minnesota are almost always the ice-out, shallow water crappies which usually signals the beginning of our open water exploits. I look forward to this early season because we are all eager to hit the water and crappies are abundant and easy to catch, especially during the early period of May.
The word is we’ve got a lot of lakes that have been snuffed out by the long tough winter.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources warns ice anglers, snowmobilers, skiers and other outdoor enthusiasts to use caution when going onto any lake covered or partially covered with ice, especially those that feature aeration systems.