It was a typical fishing opener for northern Minnesota. It was cold, rainy with some snow and sleet thrown in.
But that didnt stop Governor Pawlenty or the many other anglers from getting out on the lakes on May 14th.
The governor and his wife were on Vermilion Lake that day and caught about 12 walleyes. Next fishing opener Pawlenty says he will be heading over to International Falls and Rainy Lake for the Governors Fishing Opener there.
It seemed like there were less boats out on the lakes this opener. The west side of Basswood was producing quite a bit more than the east side. Fishermen really had to work to catch a shore lunch.
Minnows were the preference for most but a few were using leeches. The complaint of the day was mostly cold hands and wet clothing.
Some nice sized smallmouth were caught that weekend, a number of them over 5 pounds.
Randy Smuk of Brooklyn Park was fishing in Shagawa Lake and caught a 5 lb 2 ox smallie, 19.5 inches long using a shiner minnow.
Auggie Richter, 6 years old, caught a 22 inch smallmouth while also fishing on Shagawa Lake. It weighed in at 4 lb 13 oz and he caught it on a rainbow chub.
David Shober, 13, of Ely was on White Iron Lake, jigging and he landed a 20 inch smallie, weighing in at 3 lb 12 oz.
Mason Burd of Ely came in on Saturday evening with a 10 lb lake trout he found in Burntside Lake. Mason was using a Rapala.
Snowbank Lake produced a 7 lb 9 oz laker caught by Gene Bobick of St Paul. Gene was also using a Rapala.
7 lb 1 oz was the laker caught in Snowbank by Wes Stocks of New Ricmond, WI.
The weather is beginning to warm up and the walleyes should start hitting and moving up to the more shallow waters.
If you've got short, stubby fingers and wear reading glasses, any relaxation you would normally derive from fly fishing is completely eliminated when you try to tie on a fly. ~ Jack Ohman, Fear of Fly Fishing, 1988