Chris Schultz

Outdoors Column

By Chris Schultz

Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal & Howard Lake-Waverly Herald, Minn.

May 15, 2000

Fishing season soon in full swing

With the walleye and northern pike season underway and all of the commotion of the opener behind us, fishing for another season is off and rolling.

Soon, we will be in full swing. The sunfish will be spawning, providing the best panfish action of the year. The bass season opens Saturday, May 27, and the muskie season opens Saturday, June 3.

By early June, there will be more angling opportunities than even the most avid anglers can take advantage of.

On a special note of interest to sunfish anglers, the spawn will be early this year. Some anglers are reporting that sunfish on several area lakes have already moved into the shallows and could start spawning and getting very aggressive sometime this week.

If you're a sunfish lover, because of warm water temperatures, now is the time to start looking for spawning beds and get in hot pursuit of pumpkin seeds, green sunfish, and big bluegills.

In next week's column, look for a full report on the opener and what lakes or stretches of river provided the best action.

On a final note, the crappie bite on several lakes in our area continues to be good. Lakes to try include Mary, Dog, Winsted, and Swan.

Take a Kid Fishing Day

The Winsted Sportsmen's Club will host its annual take a kid fishing event on Sunday, June 11 on Lake Mary.

Registration is from 1 to 2 p.m., with fishing from 2 to 4. Lunch and prizes will follow.

The club is asking all those interested to register by Monday, June 5. If participants do not register in advance, the club may not have enough boats or equipment to accommodate everyone.

To register, call Tom Kieser at 952-955-1704.

Angus update

In the past few weeks, I've gotten quite a few questions about Angus, my black lab springer mix, that I've included in this column on several occasions throughout his short life.

In late July, Angus will turn two. I also have a two-year-old daughter named Abbigayle. They are buddies, and both define the term "terrible twos."

Although Abbi is nowhere near the speedster Angus is, if you turn your head for a second, they can disappear right off the backyard heading for a new adventure. Not too bad for Abbi - she's easy to catch. Angus is a different story.

Angus has a tendency to run and be very independent in his youth. Some days, completely independent. Put it this way: he knows the neighborhood and maybe, most of town pretty well by now.

Watch for more on Angus and his latest attempts at independence and adventure in another column soon.

Outdoor notes

  • Be courteous and not competitive on the lake this season.
  • Make sure your dog has been checked for heartworm and is on a heartworm preventative medication.
  • The gnats are out; the mosquitoes will soon follow. Dry conditions hinder the pests a little bit, but carry the bug spray and be prepared.
  • The rain we got last week was much needed and was a big boost for morel mushroom hunters. Morels prefer very damp conditions and typically come out when the lilacs bloom.
  • I saw my first gosslings of the season last week. Also, on an evening drive from Watertown to Winsted last week, I spotted over 20 pheasant roosters and many hens.
  • For more fishing fun, keep it simple and put new line on your reels. Replacing line occasionally throughout the season will prevent snags, twists, and knots that can spoil your fishing fun.
  • Take advantage of the longer days and get outside and enjoy spring.

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