By Kurt Krueger
HAVING spent the past 50 years fishing opening weekends in the North Woods, I can’t recall a more dismal start to the open water fishing season.
I’m not trying to further depress the owners of sport shops, bait stands and other businesses that thrive on fishing-related tourism, but the record has to show the effects of Mother Nature and severely reduced walleye bag limits.
Though lacking solid financial evidence with which to back my claims, I’d say the opening weekend turnout was not even 5% of the modern normal because most lakes were covered with ice.
And last weekend, though slightly better, paled in comparison to any normal May fishing weekend. Most of the lakes that did clear of ice didn’t do so until last Thursday,