The long wait for the 2015 Minnesota walleye opener is over, with the season opening at 12:01 am this Saturday morning. Approximately half a million anglers are expected to fish the lakes in Minnesota when the season opens for walleyes, northern pike and trout living in lakes.
May is already here and the 2015 walleye opener is a little more than one week away. Estimates expect close to half a million anglers will be hitting the water as the season opens on May 9. One of the major concerns heading into this year’s opener is the low water levels on the lakes. There was enough rain this past week to help green-up the dry brown grass and help reduce the immediate fire danger, but the rain showers did little to raise the water levels in the lakes.
Many public accesses in the Bemidji area and across most of the North Country are low enough to potentially present some problems for anglers trying to launch their boats on the opener. Anglers with large boats on bunk-style trailers usually have the most difficulty with low water conditions. The bunks on the trailer have to get into deep enough water to float the boat off the bunks, hopefully without getting the truck tires wet.
The spring walleye season closed on the Rainy River on Tuesday. The season finished strong, with schools of large female walleyes from Lake of the Woods in the river and feeding. The bite peaking just as the season was closing. Anglers familiar with the Rainy River noticed how low the water was in the river. Usually the best fishing ends prematurely because runoff from the tributaries and spring rain muddies the water and reduces visibility in the water to inches.