It's the great Minnesota Fishing Opener and anglers all over the state will be hitting the water in the early morning, hoping to get the first walleye in the boat. And with the late spring we've been experiencing it should be a good one, and the weeks to follow probably even better.

With the crappie bite being great right now it might be a good idea to go chase them after your walleye bite slows, or you get your limit. I've got the reels spooled with new line and the tackle box loaded with some new gear so we will have to see if it works. Now just to decide what lake to hit first. Maybe we will see you there.

And before I forget, last week was the Disabled Veterans Turkey Hunt at Camp Ripley. I got to go down and see some familiar faces and a few new ones. And this year many hunters had stories of the ones that got away and some had great success stories. Two faces you will always see at many events are Randy Falknor and his guide Sam Carlson. This year Randy was lucky enough to fill his tag right away on a nice Tom. It's always fun to hear the success stories but every story you hear is a memorable one, even without getting an animal. It's really about time spent in the woods with friends.

JAMIE DIETMAN, What's Up Outdoors, may be reached at 218-820-7757.