Mike and Ryan Olson were just little tykes – hardly bigger than the walleye on the stringer – when their dad taught them how to bait a hook and drop a line.
If I had to describe the perfect day to go walleye fishing it would go something like this: There would be a nice cloud cover with no precipitation, the wind would be from the southwest creating a manageable walleye chop and the water temperatures would still be cool enough to support my all-time favorite bait, the spot tail shiner.
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.
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.