Catching Fish and Being Courteous
As I am preparing all of my gear for the Minnesota walleye opener this weekend, I am also planning on picking out many locations on my lake map to try out before I get there. As I circle spots on the map, that look like great spots to try for walleyes, I know there will be other fisherman fishing those same spots. This will lead to being pushed off of spots by other fisherman, or being crowded, which isn’t always fun. I encourage everyone out there to take a deep breath, relax, and go with the flow out there. Don’t be bullheaded and push your way into a fishing spot. Be a little curteous and respectful of other fisherman out there.
It happens all the time, you found that great dropoff where the walleyes are holding, and you are catching your fair share, then someone comes right in next to you and starts catching ‘your’ fish. Be civil and polite, and don’t worry about them fishing near you, they have every right to be there. If you feel you are being invaded, nicely ask the fisherman to give a little space. If they don’t, and you are really bothered by it, move on to your next spot that you can catch fish. Who knows, maybe the next spot will hold bigger and more walleyes, giving you another honey hole to try next time.
On the opening day of the season, there will be lots and lots of fisherman out there trying to get on the bite. Many of these fisherman are inexperienced and often don’t use what you might call, common sense. By being courteous, you can help show other fisherman that the fishing experience can be enjoyable for everyone. No one likes to get angry out on a fishing boat, so don’t anger anyone else.
Another situation that many fisherman are going to come across this weekend is a long wait at the landing. The wait might be caused because of lots of other fisherman, or it might be caused by a few inexperienced drivers with trailers. If you are a person that easily gets annoyed by a long wait, do everyone a favor and get out there extra early so you don’t have to deal with it.
I am planning on a having a great opener, and with a little luck and know how, I should catch some fish. If I don’t, I’m sure I will still have a good time. If things aren’t working out for you, stay positive and remember that you are out there doing something that you enjoy, fishing. Hope to see you out there!
Good luck fish’n
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My name is Brad Bolton, a husband and father of four. I live in Minnesota and I enjoy spending time in the outdoors and also spending time with my family. If there is water nearby, I want to fish it.