The Free Press, Mankato, MN

Outdoors

March 24, 2014

Searching for spring -- and open water

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“But the experts who really know the lake are predicting a great year. We hope so.”

Now, 500 miles is a long way to drive to float your boat, all to wet a line.

Understandably, with gas closing in at the better part of four bucks, you might like to find some winter relief a bit closer to home.

Look no further than Red Wing, a mere 90 miles eastward, where downstream from the dam, Pool 4 of the Mississippi River is ice-free and the walleye season never closes.

“The fishing has been decent,” said angler Luke Bollum, who has made several trips to the river during the past several weeks.

The avid angler who also works in the fishing department at Scheel’s in Mankato said that he and some fishing buddies have managed to boat a good number of walleyes by jigging vertically with minnows.

“But the area has been getting a lot of pressure right now,” he said. “Get a 40 degree day and you might have 150 boats out there.”

But hey, having a little company out there is not really a problem, is it?

To finally be able to float a boat, wet a line? Call it a party, a celebration of spring.

And as with any party, the more, the merrier.

John Cross is a Free Press staff writer. Contact him at (507) 344-6376 or by e-mail at jcross@mankatofreepress.com

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