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Anglers will have options on opener

Anglers are going to have options this Saturday for the fishing opener with crappies still in the shallow bays and the walleye and northern pike opener.

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Jeremy Shuck of Christopherson Bait in Alexandria said the warm weather over the weekend pushed the crappies into the bays. Lakes like Darling, Pocket, Oscar and L’Homme Dieu have all been producing fish.

“The crappie bite is just going to get better with some warmer weather,” Shuck said. “The same with that walleye bite. I expect the waters to be somewhere around the low 50s [degree temperatures], and a little warmer weather will definitely improve that.”

The forecast for the week called for temperatures in the low 60s through the weekend. Rain was possible on Saturday and Sunday, but temperatures were forecasted to remain quite comfortable.

“I would expect it would be a pretty decent bite,” Shuck said. “A lot of fish should start spawning this week, and so there’s going to be a lot of fish up shallow in that 8-15 feet of water. Another thing that’s really popular this time of year is fishing those current spots between lakes around evening and after dark.”

Anglers will want to seek out the common structures that hold a lot of walleyes during the early season.

“You’ll have rock or the bottom transitions,” Shuck said. “Also some of the weeds just coming up will hold fish. Jig and a minnow is going to be a very good technique. The other thing that works well, especially after dark, is throwing Rapalas.”

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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