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Cold Water Bites for Minn. Anglers on Opener

Updated: 05/10/2014 6:20 PM
Created: 05/10/2014 5:22 PM WDIO.com
By: Travis Dill
tdill@wdio.com

Winter melted away in time for the Minnesota fishing opener leaving many lakes free of ice, but did the warm weather mean the fishing was hot? Anglers explained the success and troubles they had on opening day.

Boats flooded the St. Louis River at Boy Scout Landing in Duluth, but nobody was reeling in any fish.

“No, I just had a few bites and that was it. I lost more tackle than fish,” Gerald Holeman said.

He said he hits the river every fishing opener, and he blamed the lingering ice for lack of a catch.

“All that ice, I think everything is still floating down river. You can still see the ice chunks and icebergs floating down, a lot of debris. I think we need some warmth and warm rains to warm up the water,” Holeman said.

He said the river was only 45 degrees, but it was a little warmer over on Island Lake.

“Weather's great this year. Finally got good, nice opening day weather. Got the first fish at about 2:30 this morning,” Eric Sarvela said.

Sarvela camps out on Island Lake with his friends every year. He said the weather is a big change from last opener when the lake was nearly iced over.

“Last year I froze my butt off. I was here, stayed Friday night, but Saturday morning I just packed up and went home. I couldn't take the cold it was just too bad,” Sarvela said.

He said his friends and the anglers near the bridge were doing alright on Saturday.

“Walleyes, we've been getting walleyes. They got a muskie over there this morning,” Sarvela said.

But it was a slow start for the opener. Everyone casting a line this weekend hoped the warmth will stick around so the fishing might heat up.

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