Tuesday, May 30th, 2023
Tuesday, May 30th, 2023

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For early-season fishing plans, consider ice-out timing

Given late ice-out in some parts of Minnesota this year, fishing might be taking place in colder-than-usual lake water. That will affect what you use for bait (a jig and shiner is usually a good option, and trolled crankbaits might work, too), where you fish, and even, perhaps, what you eventually fish for. Just because it’s the opener doesn’t mean you must be married to walleyes. (Photos by Matt Addington Photography)
It’s extremely rare for there to be ice on any of the state’s lakes during a May opener, even in the extreme northern portions of Minnesota. Yet, there are still additional considerations when ice-out is just days before we float the lakes it once covered. We’ve all adjusted to what fishing cold water can mean: Shiners will be sold (where available), and jigs will be pitched. But other plans can work wonders.
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