Paul Nelson column for May 1: Walleyes spawning as anglers prepare for opener
The ice is gone from lakes in the Bemidji area. Anglers have one week to get ready for the opener. The season for walleyes, sauger, northern pike and trout living in lakes opens at 12:01 a.m. on May 9.
The bass (May 23) and muskie (June 6) seasons open later in the spring, to give them a chance to spawn before anglers are allowed to pursue them.