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And another Rod Benders Memorial Tournament is in the books and my love/hate relationship with the Mississippi River continues to be leaning a little on the hate side. Don't get me wrong, the river is a great body of water to fish for many different species but one of my downfalls is that I try to fish it on memory and really do not spend much time on it. There are so many variables to consider such as water level, water clarity and just plain and simple fish moving and not feeding for no reason. Most people's reasoning for it is simply, it's the river.
And before you know it, Game Fair is here and that means the early goose season is not far behind. I am surprised that I still meet people that have never been there. There is a lot to see, including everything under the sun for the waterfowler as well as a ton of hunting dog supplies. Over the years it has expanded to fishhouses, ATVs and bowhunting. Of course it's always fun to try out one of the new shotguns on a round of trap. But one thing that is really cool about Game Fair is being able to select a custom duck or goose call.
It looks like deer hunters will be in for a "conservative" season this year and one saying comes to mind - "A day late and a dollar short." As most hunters who spend time observing deer and other wildlife know, this is something that should have been done more gradually and a few years earlier.
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.