Detroit Lakes Area Fisheries Supervisor Nathan Olson Previews the Walleye Opener
Detroit Lakes, MN — Anglers across the state of Minnesota will return to open water this weekend with the walleye season opener set for this Saturday. Weather looks to be favorable for anglers, especially compared to most fishing opener in recent history. But fishing for walleye and catching walleye are two different things. Nathan Olson, Detroit Lakes Area Fisheries Supervisor, says the ice just came off many area lakes, so he anticipates finding them in the shallows or near where they may have just spawned.
While Lake of the Woods, Upper Red Lake, Mille Lacs, and Leech Lake are popular destinations for fisherman and women across the state looking to catch walleye, Olson says there are number of good walleye fisheries in the immediate area for those looking to stay closer to home.
Even though Saturday is the walleye opener, the walleye bite can be tough this time of year. Olson recommends keeping your options open and maybe seeking other species that may be more active this time of year, such as crappie or trout.
Along with walleye, the season also opens for Northern Pike, trout, and bass. Please check your DNR Fishing handbook for specific regulations, which may vary depending on body of water and species of fish.
Temps across the region will be in the mid 60s with mostly sunny skies, however it could be on the windier side this Saturday and Sunday.
Listen to the full interview Nathan Olson from the KRJB Kaleidoscope Program below and join R & J Broadcasting for live interviews and conversation from Pinehurst Resort in Naytahwaush from Noon to 3pm today and additional coverage throughout the rest of the afternoon.