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Cold water deactivates walleyes in windy fishing opener


Tony Kennedy

Walleye fishing was extremely slow Saturday morning in the southeastern corner of Mille Lacs. Veterans of the lake blamed cold water termperatures that ranged from 44 to 47 degrees. Here, anglers on a launch boat in the shallows of Isle Bay caught nothing.

Walleyes showed up for opening weekend on Upper Red Lake and Mille Lacs, but gusty winds and cold water temperatures flattened results in other popular basins, according to summaries provided by state conservation officers.

Fishing was so-so even on Lake of the Woods, where officer Eric Benjamin reported that most walleye chasers in the Warroad area came up short. Further east on the big lake and on the Rainy River, officer Jeremy Woinarowicz said success was very dependent on location and getting to your spot early in the morning.


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