Slow Opener

22 05 2011

An east wind 4 days in a row may have something to do with a slow start to walleye season.  The majority of fisherman I have talked to in the area all had the same story yesterday, TOUGH.  The bite on Pickerel was slow until 4pm and anglers that were still out salvaged the day.   (WI) and Butch Schultz (WI) boated and released 7 walleye over 20″ along with enough smaller fish for a Saturday night feed during the afternoon bite on Pickerel.  I don’t believe it was a matter of finding fish yesterday, I really don’t think the fish were feeding, the fish had lock jaw.  The Robinson group(MN) took a one day trip to the Outpost and tallied 70 walleye, not to bad considering a tough bite.  Most of the fish caught have been small males.  Ray Smith and Bill Sorensen(IL) fished the Wabigoon River and tallied 3 dozen fish all of which were under 17 inches.  Female walleye seem to be resting and may be a week or two before they start to feed again.  Stable weather looks to be in the forecast on Tuesday and hopefully the fishing will pick up.  Water temps are perfect, high 50’s to 60 by the afternoon.  Water levels are still low despite a soggy opener.   

A few days before the walleye opener the Ludwig group found these trout in 15 ft of water.

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