Ron Anlauf

Even with the late spring, it looks like we’ll have open water on most if not all of our major walleye lakes. Last year was a different story and my opener was delayed by a week because the lake we wanted to fish on (Leech) was still locked up. A person could have tried a southern venue and still have gotten out but that’s not what we wanted and delaying it a week wasn’t that much of a hardship.

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You could wait for the big Minnesota opener to go walleye fishing, but if you’re the impatient type there are some great options with red hot action going on right now.

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It’s been a tough winter but warmer temps have finally arrived which really knocked down the snow pack that had hampered mobility and kept a lot of anglers off the ice. There are those that believe the integrity of the ice has been damaged as well but it’s simply not so.

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It’s that time of the year and things have definitely slowed a down a bit, at least when it comes to walleye fishing. Perch, on the other hand, start to pick up the pace and is when some of the season’s best catches are made.

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It was bound to happen, with the onset of early ice and plenty of snow the walleye action has definitely slowed down a bit. No need to get overly discouraged though because there are still plenty of walleyes to be caught, it’s just that you might have to adjust your tactics to match up with their less aggressive attitude.

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By mid to late winter more and more bluegills and crappies show up in deeper water and can make for some easy pickins. They’re easy because they show up on good electronics and can usually be caught, as long you’ve got “right stuff.”

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