Ready or not, walleye opener arrives Saturday

The Walleye Opener in Minnesota arrives Saturday. For some reason it just doesn't feel right.

Maybe it was the heavy snow that fell in Owatonna last Thursday. Or, it was the cold and snowy weather we endured all April. I'm not sure.

Anyway it will happen this weekend. Here in the south half of the state, all the lakes are free of ice. Some have been clear for a week. Angler's will hit the lakes just like normal with pretty decent day time temperatures.

In the north half of the state it's a different story. Most of the lakes north of Mille Lacs are still frozen over. Warm temperatures are in the forecast as lakes will continue to open day by day. Some lakes will be clear of ice, but more will not.

Those who head north every year may find their lake frozen. They probably still will head up because they have the resort booked for this weekend. They can't change their plans because every weekend in most resorts is booked up. Some will stay home and we may see more pressure on area lakes here. Our lake at the cabin remains frozen and will be day by day. What happens remains to be seen. Anyway have a great opener if you can!

Panfish tourney results

Results of the Phil Simon Memorial Panfish Tournament held by the New Prague Sportsman's Club last Saturday on Cedar Lake are...

1st Place - Mark Lund and Billy Bartusek. They also had the biggest fish of the day.

2nd - Mark Scheffler and Chuck Stans

3rd - Larry Ryder and Richard Vasko

4th - Carmon Malecha and Gene Vavra

10th - Joe Roiger and Mike Allar

Fourteen boats fished and almost everyone caught fish. Congratulations to all!