The Minnesota fishing opener was this past Saturday, and unlike some previous years the weather was lovely.  We headed north to our favorite fishing lake and found an abundance of blue –  the sky, and its reflection in the water surrounded us with this beautiful color of spring.  Uncharacteristically calm and warm, the boat created the only ripples in the water.  It was wonderful to soak in the warmth and the beauty of the day, while we caught our limit of large Northern pike.  Saturday became even more perfect as we also headed out on the lake Sunday morning, but this was a much different day.  The sky was filled with high clouds, and there was a serious wind from the east.  There was no still and calm, no quiet reflection in the water, but rather a heavy chop and even some whitecaps.  Sunday merely helped us appreciate even more that blue sky, blue lake day from 24 hours earlier.

Fishing opener_StaatsYesterday was the Minnesota fishing opener – a tradition celebrated across the state.  It’s the official opening of fishing for walleye and northern pike.  The past few years we’ve joined in this celebration, and we had a grand time again this year.  Here are my top five points about the fishing opener:  (1)  May is not summer yet in Minnesota; long underwear was required this year.  (2)  Prepare for lines at the boat landing; don’t fret, relax, and enjoy your fellow fishermen and women (everyone has stories to tell).  (3)  That new foraging minnow you bought the week before was a winner; the northern pike loved it!  (4)  Northern pike are fighters; you’ll know when they strike your line and that’s part of the fun of catching them.  (5)  A weekend of cabin-life, fishing, loons and eagles, and a campfire are a great cure for stress and the city life.  (Plus, it was a good sign when we won the meat raffle at the bar where we had dinner on our drive up Friday night — we knew the weekend was going to be grand!)