Opening weekend

Joe AlbertWell, that was a good fishing opener.

Couldn’t have asked for better weather, and the fishing was pretty darn good, too. Part of our group spent Saturday on a rather small lake north of Detroit Lakes. The three of them caught and released in the neighborhood of 20 walleyes and kept a few for the pan, too.

My wife would have been thrilled to have me bring home some walleye fillets. But that’s not (yet, anyway) my style. Instead, we’ve got a sack of fresh rainbow trout.

For the past several years, we’ve spent the walleye opener fishing rainbow trout on Bad Medicine Lake near Park Rapids. (The trout season opens the same day as the walleye season.)

The idea is that guys who fish walleyes struggle on the opener, while we troll Rapalas and catch trout to our hearts’ content. Didn’t quite work that way this year, but we did end up with 13 trout for four of us.

Just as I predicted – shameless, huh? – the warm weather so far this year had the trout a little deeper than usual on the opener. The fish seemed to be in 20 feet or so, and our Raps ran 13 to 15 feet. We still caught ‘em, though we probably could have changed things up and caught more. But aside from switching colors, we don’t use downriggers or anything like that, even though it probably would have increased our catch.

In the end, it was another beautiful and busy opener on Bad Medicine.
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