By Chris Schultz Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal & Howard Lake Herald, Minn. April 27, 1998
Fishing opener only 12 days away
If you have your yard raked, mowed, and trimmed, the garage and the shed cleaned out, and a long list of other projects on the go - take some time to catch your breath and add a few more things to the schedule.
The crappie bite is on. Catfish are hitting on both forks of the Crow River and the Minnesota fishing opener is only 12 days away.
Boat, trailer, and motor need a pre-season warm up. Line has to be changed, gear and tackle need to be organized, and the overwhelming anticipation of the upcoming season must be dealt with.
All this, and probably much more if you haven't done any yard work yet, must be done in a short 12 days.
Time is short and so is the fishing season. Don't waste it.
Joe's Sport Shop in Howard Lake reported: Anglers heading to Lake Mary are finding good crappie action on the lake's north end. Howard Lake has also been producing a few crappies.
Other reports from the area have Winsted Lake and Swan Lake giving up a few crappies and catfish anglers doing quite well on both forks of the Crow River. The best catfish action has been coming from the south fork of the Crow in the Mayer area.
Look for crappie action on our area lakes to be at its peak in the next week or so.
Also, anglers are very optimistic about the upcoming northern and walleye opener. Water temps have warmed up quickly and if the nice weather holds, fishing on the opener should be excellent.
- The application deadline for the 1998 Minnesota black bear hunting season is Friday, May 1. A record 18,210 permits are available in 11 quota areas for the season, which will run from Sept. 1 to Oct. 18.
- The 1998 Minnesota fishing opener for walleye and northern pike is Saturday, May 9.
- Take the time to replace the line on your fishing reels this spring. Fewer knots and tangles add up to more fun fishing.
- The spring nesting season for waterfowl, upland game birds, and many song birds is here and so far, conditions have been excellent.
- As a part of Governor Carlson's environmental initiative, the Minnesota State Legislature has approved Department of Natural Resources capital investment projects totaling $130 million and a supplemental budget of $11 million. Carlson noted that passage of the bill gives Minnesota the largest and most comprehensive environmental initiative in its history.