Chris Schultz

Outdoors Column

By Chris Schultz
Herald Journal

May 31, 2004

The best spring ever

It sounds like I definitely missed it. It, being great spring fishing.

This winter I promised myself I would get out there for the spring crappie bite, and get some good use out of the new boat I purchased last summer.

My boat stayed in the garage for most of the spring, but the couple of times I did make it out, I found some decent action fishing from shore.

A bunch of missed opportunities to go fishing this spring didn’t bother me until one night last week when three different anglers told me that this season they had the best spring fishing of their lives.

These guys are good anglers and two of them have been fishing for 50 plus years each.

When guys like that say it was the best spring fishing they ever had you know the fishing had to be good.

One of the anglers started naming off lakes where the action was fast this spring, and I started thinking; I know how, and where to fish that lake, how come I didn’t think of it this spring?

After much thought, I chalked it all up to just another missed opportunity in the great outdoors and promised myself I wouldn’t miss the next opportunity, and that I would get out on the water as many times as possible in June.

The promise helped to ease high levels of angler disappointment.

The next promise dealt with the upcoming sunfish spawn.

Because, like the spring crappie bite, the sunfish spawn only happens once a year, and if you miss it, you just wait another year.

With more thought and even some determination, I decided my girls and I are going fishing no matter what it takes.

I quickly booked two days of vacation in June, cancelled my outdoor column for next week, and put painting the back shed on hold.

The lawn may even have to wait for a bit.

It was simple, a great spring often means a great summer, and the sunfish spawn only happens once a year.

It could be the best summer of fishing ever, and I’m not going to miss it.

Take a kid fishing

The Winsted Sportsmen club is hosting its annual ‘take a kid fishing’ event Sunday, June 13.

To register, or for more information, call Tom Kieser at (952) 955-1704.

The preregistration is Tuesday, June 8.

The event, held on Lake Mary, begins at 1 p.m. with registration, fishing from 2 to 4 p.m., and meal and prizes from 4 to 5 p.m.

117 walleye discovered in car; home search finds 205 sunfish

From the DNR

A recent vehicle stop uncovered a serious poaching incident for a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) conservation officer.

Conservation Officer Travis Muyres of Anoka was contacted by the Lino Lakes Police Department on Tuesday, May 18, that a vehicle stopped along Interstate 35W contained 117 walleye.

“The vehicle had been stopped for speeding when the officer noticed the strong odor of fish,” Muyres said. “We later counted 117 walleye in the trunk.”

Charged with gross misdemeanor overlimit in Anoka County were Bunchan Srey, 51; Dymong Chhoun, 20; Bunsean Lieng, 19; Samnang Pich, 19; and a juvenile. All reside in Minneapolis.

The adults face fines of up to $3,000 each, one year in jail, or both.

The restitution value for the walleye listed in the criminal complaint is $2,790.

One of the adults is being held in the Anoka County Jail on $3,000 bail with a court date set for this week.

The other adults have a June court date.

The juvenile plead guilty to gross misdemeanor overlimit, but was not ordered to pay restitution.

A search warrant executed at the home of three of the individuals found 305 sunfish; 145 fish over the limit with a restitution value of $725.

During an interview, Muyres was told that all eight individuals who live at the home fish.

Charges are pending in Hennepin County Court.

Anyone observing illegal fishing activity should contact their local conservation officer, local DNR office or the Turn-In-Poacher hotline at 1-800-652-9093.

Minnesota state park publication now available

From the DNR

For tips on where to go and what to do this summer for vacation fun or a weekend getaway, pick up a copy of the Minnesota State Park Traveler newspaper.

The publication contains information on what’s new at state parks, a calendar of special events, a map and information about state trails, and a listing of outdoor education programs and activities through September 2004.

Also, there is an article about work being done by state parks to keep Minnesota’s waters healthy and a look at new gift ideas available from Minnesota State Park Nature Stores.

The summer edition of the Minnesota State Park Traveler newspaper is free and is available at all state parks and recreation areas, at tourist information centers around the state, or by calling the DNR Information Center at (651) 296-6157 or 1-888-MINNDNR.

Outdoor notes

• Be prepared for mosquitoes, the cool weather has delayed the hatch, but when the weather warms up they will be out in full force.

• Morels should be out and ready for the picking.

• Don’t forget to dig a few worms.

• Have a fun and safe Memorial Day, and please, find the time to take a kid fishing, you will have fun and so will he or she.

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