May 15, 2007

Minnesota Fishing Opener

Gull Lake sunset, BrainerdGolden Shiners on a Lindy Rig with a 6 1/2 lb test line, slip bobber and red hook... Confused yet? I was when I was told this was how to catch a walleye on Gull Lake (thanks, George!) My youngest son actually used a floating red jig instead of the red hook, but he still managed to catch his first walleye this year. That seems to be some kind of right of passage in the Cashman family. He still has to learn how to filet the fish, but that can wait a couple years.

Fishing opener is serious business in Minnesota, and this year was better than most. It was unusually warm, with temperatures in the mid 70's, compared to previous years' temps in the 40's and 50's. Fishing is much easier when you aren't wearing winter coats and your fingers aren't too cold to put the bait on the hook. According to the guys, it was a good opener for walleye, perch and crappies. I stayed home, and it was an incredibly relaxing and quiet Mother's Day weekend.

Thank you to Don Cashman for the picture of the sunset on Gull Lake.