May 13th, 2005, 12:33 AM #1
fishing opener a week late in Minnesota
Usually, the powers that be started our fishing opener on Mothers day. They got smart ( or smacked ) and changed it to the Saturday OF mothers day. This year, they changed it, or got lucky, to the weekend After mothers day ( which makes the most sense, to be explained later on in my post ).
So, since I got out of the Mothers day pinch this year, My buddy and I are going up north for the opener....going to tent it for 2 nights and three days...sweet!
Usually, fishing opener is just miserable. Rainy, what-not, and the weekend after is just gorgeous. So, with that in mind, and the opener being a week later than usual, we figured this was the perfect time to got to opening day and have a good time.
At the moment, it's rainy, and in the low 50's to high 40's during the day The weekend forecast says sunday will be the better of the 2 days...all the way into the high 50's! Lows are going to be 30-40 degrees...and I'm going to be sleeping in a tent
Of course, South Dakota just got smacked with 9 inches of snow and that system is running my way. The weather is 10 degrees cooler than average, and I'm taking a 14 foot boat with a 7.5hp motor out on a 14,000 acre chain of lakes ( the Whitefish Chain ).
Sounds like fun, I leave Saturday after work!
May 13th, 2005, 01:26 AM #2
Fun fun. Enjoy.
I've been fishing before. A few times. Then I realized that I could stay at home and drink beer with my buddies and be much more comfortable while still accomplishing the same amount of productivity that I would have accomplished during a "cold, wet, damp, soggy, way-too-early-in-the-friggin'-morning fishing trip".
But I'm weird like that.
May 13th, 2005, 07:52 AM #3
- Join Date
- Apr 2004
I've camped out on Lake Vermilion for 4 days...it was snowing. Good thing I packed an extra sleeping bag...would've been a cold night in the tent. Oh yeah...there was a fire ban that year too. Slayed the walleyes though.
May 13th, 2005, 06:05 PM #4
Well, I'll be off tomorrow afternoon. I'm not to worried about the temps at night, my tent retains heat amazingly well. It's the day I'm more concerned about. Hopefully the wind will be calm...that little boat doesn't do so well in the rollers and I'd hate to be stuck in the bays and the shoreline wherever there is a windbreak
Bah, what am I saying. I'm forever the optimist.
May 17th, 2005, 11:30 PM #5
Well, I'm back. Rained the whole way up in the van, but stopped before we got on site. And what a site. Right next to the lake, and the boat access. We beached the boat and set up tent and froze our butts off the first night. Woke up with frozen toes and the need to empty the bladder NOW! Managed to get out of bed and pee.... Got back in the tent and fired up the coleman grill and warmed the place up a bit before I started breakfast. Pretty much the same scenario for both days, except the 2nd night I wore 2 pairs of socks to bed
First day we spent from 9:30am to 10pm on the lake..straight. Ran out of gas on the lake, but had a spare gallon of gas to make it back...great fun.
The cool thing about this chain of lakes..the water was SOOO CLEAR! Our wake was translucent. Not brown or green or whatever color you usually see....like driving a boat in a glass of Avian water...very nice! And this lake is a Loon habitat, so we saw those all day long. You could actually see them swimming under the surface of the water. Plus, we saw a half dozen bald Eagles, one of them hauling a nice Northern in it's talons home to the babies.
Fishing was slow, but if it were bass season, we would have pulled in our limit in an hour. We must've pulled in 50 bass..and we were fishing for Sunfish at the time!
All in all, a very fun trip. I'd do it again. We didn't get home until 11:30pm yesterday, and we finished cleaning and eating our catch tonight.
Take a kid fishing!
May 18th, 2005, 12:40 PM #6
C L Red! I was born and raised in WI before moving east. Opening day of fishing was as sacred as opening day of hunting. Oh the memories! Freezing my butt off for hours, absolutely no action due to weather conditions, etc.
The anticipation was the best. Couldn't wait to get out there and be miserable...hehe.
Glad it turned out good for you. Any pics?
May 20th, 2005, 12:05 AM #7
Hopefully I'll have a couple of pictures. Unfortunately, I was taking most of it all in and forgot to take a lot of pictures. I think we took a total of 3 pictures
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