Cold hard truth for anglers seeking walleyes
The weather outside is having a chilling effect on success for anglers in search of the state's prized catch.
A scroll through DNR officer reports adds to the disappointment.
CO Brad Schultz (Cook) reports fishing remains slow; however, a few area lakes had a good pan fish bite going on. Nuisance beaver complaints continue. People are reminded to leave the young of the year animals alone.
While nuisance beavers are keeping things interesting in Cook, fishing still was slow in Grand Rapids.
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids) Angler success was sporadic again, with some walleyes in the live wells. Mosquitoes are thick.
No fish and mosquitoes? Maybe the state should just shutdown the parks. But wait, there are signs of hope in Grand Marais.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports that fishing started to pick up toward the end of the week. Nice catches of walleye were seen in the live wells. The water temps on inland lakes are still cold for this time of the year. The CO and his daughter were out fishing during the week when a moose cow came out along the shore with a new born calf. The moose spent a lot of time along the shore and in the water. The calf was still a little clumsy, but it made for a few nice pictures.
In Illinois and specially in my office the fishing crowd always crow about walleye fishing in Minnesota.
Some of them just returned from their fishing outing in Minnesota. They were not very lucky to have the priced walleye, they were able to fish wide mouth bass, blue gills, and good sized pikes.
They plan to have another go for the walleyes later in the summer.
Your report confirms the current walleye fishing situation in Mn . as noted by the fishing crowd in my office.
Update on comment #1
My office friend Mark Bittner was so excited to book in a famous lodge in Minnesota for 4 of July week to have some R&R along with some great walleye fishing outings.
To his dismay and disappointment ,he had to cancel the trip as the the state Govt shut down and he could not get the fishing license as was told by the lodge folks due to shutdown.
It seems that the politics in MN has no feel for such loss of revenue.
I guess many in the fishing vacations must having similar disappointments.