crappies_staatsThe ice is out, spring has sprung, and fishing season has begun once again in Minnesota.  And this year I’ve joined the ranks of Minnesotans with a fishing license!  To be honest, the last time I was fishing was when I was about 13 years old.  But, like riding a bike, it’s something that comes back to you (along with some good coaching too!).   Paddling against wind gusts up to 30 mph and battling  the whitecaps, we put our canoe into Peltier Lake and proceeded to the calmer shore and threw in our fishing lines.  After awhile without any bites, we moved to where a small river enters the lake.  The water was pretty shallow, the sun was nearly ready to set, and the fish were biting!  Within about ten minutes we had caught 6 crappies!  Now that’s an exciting way to fish, and with that success I’m excited to try it again.  Yes, I know fishing isn’t always that rewarding, but it’s a delightful way to spend a warm evening outside.  (And the crappies were delicious the following night for dinner!)

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