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.
The word is we’ve got a lot of lakes that have been snuffed out by the long tough winter.
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.
Crappie fishing has been good from the word go on a lot of lakes and right now is as good a time as any to check it out.
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.