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Minnesota Fishing Opener for the Grand Rapids Area

This week’s Grand Rapids Area Minnesota Fishing Opener report by Tom Neustrom. Tom Neustrom, owner of professional guide service Minnesota Fishing Connections.

Bang!! The gun will go off this Saturday for the 2018 Minnesota Fishing Opener. It may be slightly cool, but the enthusiasm by hundreds of thousands of anglers all across Minnesota will bring a heat of its own. Tradition and the shear excitement of opening day causes sleepless nights and a notion of success that resembles no other event during the year.

Walleyes are usually the most sought after species for opening weekend and make no mistake there will always be anglers starting off the season just after midnight. With cooler water temperatures greeting anglers this opener, jig and minnow combinations will be the best early presentation to boats walleyes this opener. There are situations where I have seen just a plain hook and a shiner ahead of a slip sinker has scored just as well. Shallow points near deep water can be good starting spots especially if they have  small rock or gravel associated with the bottom. Depths of 6-12 feet are favorite haunts of early, late ice out walleyes.

Crappies can be found in shallow bays with old reed beds from last season in the mix. A small minnow on a light jig or plain hook beneath a small bobber is all you need. Keep moving along the shoreline until you contact fish.

Opening day is finally here so get out and enjoy the hundreds of great lakes in Itasca County that offer excellent opportunities to bend the rod. Good Luck.

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