Being a part of the boat building process is very rewarding. This is my second season running a Larson FX 2020T fishing boat and the first season for two of our other guides, Bruce Meinz and Nick Miltimore. Larson has been building boats for 101 years and is now in the fishing boat business. I am not sure why it took almost 100 years to start building fishing boats, but I will tell you that we are very pleased with the product.
The other night I had a couple of hours that weren’t earmarked so my son Mac and I hopped in a canoe and paddled around on a small area lake in search of giant bucket mouths. A bucket mouth is another name for the largemouth bass. This is PRIME time for bass, they are scarfing down anything that comes by their bucket. It was a gorgeous night and rubber frogs were our bait of choice. We were the bait of choice for a deer fly or two and Mac got drilled the worst, on top of his big toe — ”itchy” and distracting!
Our bow fishing trip to the Illinois River was something else! Ryan Dechaine, Kyle Peterson and myself road tripped over there last Wednesday, hunted/fished/filmed all day on Thursday and came home Friday. It was one heck of a trip and one that I rank right up there with some of the most fun I have had on the water or in the woods.
When you spend the majority of your time in the outdoors like I do, you see some pretty cool things. Over the past 10 days I have seen a couple of things that are new to the list. First of all I was on a trip with Ross Boring (who by the way does not fit the definition of the word, by any stretch) and his two grandsons, Jordan and Jason. We were working a stretch of shoreline in Wilson Bay on the south end of Gull Lake and catching a mixed bag of fish.
August already? Hard to believe! It sure has felt more like September and I think the walleyes think so, too. The fishing has really picked up and this always makes it way more fun to be on the water and our customers like it much better, too. I am way easier to get along with when the fish are active!
As I was out on the water the other morning, my family was out in the Wallin’s strawberry patch just east of Nisswa. I got home and the jam was already made, a lot of jam!
What an awesome 4th of July week/weekend! The weather has been incredible and our lakes area has been hopping! Wave runners and every other form of watercraft are all over the place. As I am speaking to you from the pontoon, I am seeing many things out here on Gull Lake. In fact, at the moment we are being drifted upon by a couple of couples in a rental boat who are having a good old time! Pontoons and jet-skis seem to be controlling the water! There are a few anglers that are getting rocked around and a few tubers, skiers and boarders, too!
Water temperatures are finally rising and all species of fish are now on the prowl, even the ones that aren’t supposed to be (around these parts). I say this because I saw a 20-pound-plus musky on one of our local lakes the other day that isn’t supposed to house them. No, not a mountain lion, a musky. I have heard of other sightings and of people catching and spearing them but you know how this is — seeing is believing, right!
Happy Father’s Day to all you fathers that really are fathers (I am most of the time). I was asked what I wanted and honestly all I could think of was some giant Ziplocs for my rain gear and other goods for the boat. Maybe a day off would be good too, a day out on Mille Lacs by myself catching some walleyes and bass. I could handle that! But is that being selfish? Should I not ask Shelley or one or more of the kids to go with? Maybe not this time. How about a full body massage? That would really work for me too, especially with the way my tweaked back is feeling right now.
You just never know what it’s going to be when you check in here to read the Walleyedan column, right? That’s why you read, right? Well, here’s a little curveball for you — read if you would like! Thursday, May 30, marked the last day at Nisswa School for this Eigen family. Mac (our 11 year old) has graduated and Thursday the 30th was the end of a very blessed and memorable 12 years for Alex, Elizabeth, Mac, Shelley and myself.