Plenty of walleyes being caught now on the Missouri River and area lakes.
May 10, 2023
The Red Lake Tribal Council announced, on April 19, a 2023 elk hunt for tribal members with a lottery system of 30 permits. This is an increase from five permits in the 2022 elk hunt.
Al Pemberton, Red Lake DNR director, emphasized that the Red Lake Band wants to protect the elk population just like anyone in Minnesota, but they want to be able to hunt in a similar fashion just like what the Minnesota DNR offers each year.
Most turkey hunters know the basic calls, but they often don’t know how to use them effectively enough to lure in a tom once the season has passed its midpoint. By now, turkeys have heard enough of our talk to get a little call-shy.
Couple this with the reality that the truly action-packed days of the early season are in the rearview mirror, and the challenge is real. That doesn’t mean there isn’t a good shot to have a killer hunt in May, however.
Spring is here and I’ve been in the woods every morning for the past 10 days hunting spring gobblers, but turkeys aren’t the only thing I’m after.
While prowling the woods in May I’m constantly on the lookout for something more elusive than a wild turkey, more mysterious than a Sasquatch, and more difficult to pin down than a unicorn. Morel mushrooms have been my Achilles heel for decades.
Another long winter has come and gone. In its wake have been flood-stage river waters and a quick transition to warm weather. Stream trout season is upon us, turkeys are gobbling, crappies have moved into shallow bays, and thousands of anglers will take part in the tradition of chasing willing walleyes on the Minnesota fishing opener.
Yes, it seems everything happens at once.
Nearly 2,000 anglers entered the contest to give themselves a chance at catching one of the 10 tagged walleyes worth $41,000.
None of the 10 tagged walleyes were caught when the weekend’s contest ended with the noon Sunday banquet and awards ceremony. That quickly changed when Dennis Weerheim caught one of the tagged walleyes off his dock on Big Spirit Lake on Sunday night around 10 p.m.
I love watching daybreak as much as anyone, and seeing the sun rise in April or May can be a near-religious experience, especially after a long Midwestern winter.
But there’s a price to be paid for witnessing those gorgeous spring dawns, and it gets steeper as the season progresses. Punching the alarm at 4 a.m. is exciting on the opener, something less so on Day Two, and by the third morning, I’m groaning and swatting at the clock like it’s a pesky fly.
The DNR is asking the public to report any fish kills. Why this is important and how you can help.