What a weird start to the 2013 fishing opener. Plenty of ice still roaming around our larger lakes as our smaller lakes begin to open up.
Recently I have been spending some time reviewing ice out dates for the entire state of Minnesota and I must say we could set a new record here for one of the latest recorded ice out dates in history.
Anglers throughout the Midwest are taking their fishing boats out of mothballs and beginning the task of preparing the boat for the upcoming open water season.
As we continue to suffer with this never-ending winter, we look forward to the day of open water and the walleye fishing season.
It was really great the other day to actually hold a long, real fishing rod in my hands after the last few months of ice fishing with the short sticks. I always keep an eye on the weather during February to make note of those balmy, 30- to 40-degree days where I can grab my waders and hit the rivers for smallmouth bass.
by Jeff Weaver Contributing columnist With the holidays now behind us and the ice on most lakes starting to actually be user friendly, now is the time to get out and try some of the new gear Santa left for you under the tree. Portable shelters, battery powered augers, a hand-held GPS and cameras which [...]