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So this week has offered nothing exciting, although I have been thinking about a few things. After spending so much time on the water this summer and realizing how much more expensive things are - gas, ice, etc. - I was really debating spending some money on one of those new "super tough" coolers but didn't think they were worth the $300 price tag. Still, I am sick of spending money every day just to watch it melt away by noon. The roto-molded coolers are nice but, lets face it, most of us are not going to drag it behind our vehicles or throw it off a bridge.
It's hard to believe the 4th of July is already here. That means we are getting closer to early goose hunting and fall fishing but, until then, we have a lot of summer fishing to do. Normally I spend more time chasing walleyes but this summer I have been trying to catch a little bit of everything. After spending the last week on Gull Lake guiding, we definitely caught everything under the sun. We found the Walleyes in 17-25 feet and a Lindy rig with a leech was getting some biters.
It looks like all of our seasons of extremes are right on course. After a super cold and long winter we now have rain, and more rain. Lakes from Canada to the southern part of the state are flooding. Not only is this causing "closed throttle" on some lakes because of erosion, but another danger is debris. This is especially true on Rainy Lake and Lake of the Woods. I have talked to some guides and they say it is the highest water they have ever seen. At least an 80 year flood. And what does this mean?
It looks like all of our seasons of extremes are right on course. After a super cold and long winter we now have rain, and more rain. Lakes from Canada to the southern part of the state are flooding. Not only is this causing "closed throttle" on some lakes because of erosion, but another danger is debris. This is especially true on Rainy lake and Lake of the Woods. I have talked to some guides and they say it is the highest water they have ever seen. At least an 80-year flood. And what does this mean?
All the plans for last weekend’s Teen Challenge fishing tournament were starting to fall apart — my partner couldn’t make the trip from Iowa and the weatherman was predicting thunder...
Although the summer warm up seems to be taking forever to get here that’s OK. For those who are just getting out of the turkey woods you didn’t miss much.
I have to say, Grand View Lodge as well as the whole Brainerd/Nisswa area put on an amazing show for the governor’s fishing opener. From the community picnic to the shore lunch on Gull Lake, people were very happy to be there — it wasn’t a dreary opener, it was sunny and warm and overall a great day. As for the fishing, many of the people that went out at midnight did very well and everyone got a few fish, or at least got to drown some minnows.
It’s that time of year. Yep the opener has snuck up on us again. As many outdoorsman, I keep busy with whatever season is open. So as usual I was too busy turkey hunting to get my boat ready for opener. Thanks to the Power Lodge for letting me use a boat for the Governor’s Opener on Gull Lake.
On Easter, when most people were getting their ham ready for dinner, my niece Haley Dietman and I were chasing turkeys. It was pretty miserable the first day — with 30 mph winds and rain we didn’t have very high hopes — but I knew with the forecast for Easter Sunday our luck would change. The morning started to the sound of turkeys in the distance, song birds doing their mating dances and we even had a coyote come check out our decoy.
When I woke up at 3 a.m. I was glad to be out of the routine of putting on my ice fishing suit and hitting the lakes. On this day I was woke up to the sound of pheasants cackling and thousands of waterfowl making their spring migration north.