I live in Minnesota and on May 12, at the stroke of midnight, fisherman galore will be hitting their favorite waters for the opening season of walleye and northern pike. I am hoping to be one of those midnight sailors looking for some pig walters. I am hoping to get up to Mille Lacs Lake which is only about 1 hour and 15 minutes from my home.
Last year, my buddy Koz and I made it up to Mille Lacs for a mid morning opener and about 15-25 mph winds. A little dicey for my 16′ Lund Rebel. About 3 or 4 hours of fishing in 3-4 foot waves can get annoying when you need to retie your line, rebait your hook, or even try to fish for that matter.
Here is a quick clip of Koz holding the camera and Captain Brad trying to keep the boat afloat. Sorry for the audio quality. No budget for nice camera and the power of God’s wind will do that…
As of now, Koz and I have plans to return to the fish bowl they call Mille Lacs, for the 2012 opener, in search of the golden fish. We are talking about staying at a resort this year and getting some more fishing in during the primetime hours. Previously, I’ve only managed day trips while in the boat, and a couple late nights on the ice.
For anyone else who is looking to plan their fishing opener at a popular destination, I would seriously recommend you call your resort and make plans now. It might even be too late for plan A, and time to start plan B. Tonight, or tomorrow night, make your reservation so you don’t have to worry about finding a place to stay on one of the best weekends of the year.
I also want to remind everyone to get your boats out once or twice before the opener and make sure everything is working the way it should. The last thing you want is to be the guy stuck at the boat landing trying to start a flooded motor while everyone is waiting in line to launch. It’s becoming less common with so many newer boats and motors, but do yourself, and everyone else a favor, by making sure you are ready to go.
I’ll hopefully have a checklist of items for everyone to get ready for fishing in the boat this season. If you’ve got a good tip or suggestion for getting your boat/gear ready, please leave a comment below or start a new forum thread. I’d love to hear what you got!
Good luck fish’n
Brad – @SonarFish
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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.