Walleye Opener - Soggy but successful

By Bill Bartusek

As anglers readied for the opener on Saturday, they faced cold north winds and rain. The weather seemed to deteriorate all week as we approached Saturday. Anglers headed out in anticipation anyway. We also packed our gear and headed north for the cabin. Arriving there about 10 p.m., we visited for awhile, readied our gear and hit the sack. Joining Brenda, Grandma Bev and me for the weekend were Tom and Kerry Ohnstad, Billy Bartusek and Chuck Fenger.

We awoke Saturday morning to a howling cold wind and rain. I cranked the boat up and headed for a windy point across the lake. Unlike last year I headed for a sandy bottom and no weeds. Our spring at the cabin was behind compared to last year. We started working around the point. I caught a small bass right away, then Tom hooked up. His fish stayed deep and soon our first walleye was in the boat. In about an hours time, we had six nice fish in the boat. We then moved to other areas on the lake and found more fish. Tom landed the best fish, a seven pound, four ounce beauty. Slowly but surely we put a nice string of fish.

It did get so windy Saturday afternoon we just came of the lake until it settled down. The evening brought some more walleye before dark. We headed out Sunday morning and it was still windy but the rains had stopped. We only needed a few fish to fill the limit. It only took a couple of hours to get them.

Most of our fish came from nine to 13 feet of water over a clean, sandy bottom. The most productive presentation was a bobber and leech combo. Other anglers on the lake also caught fish. If you’re wondering, all the bigger fish were released quickly and unharmed.

I'm anxious to hear how area anglers fared this weekend. We'll talk about that next week.

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