It was a very successful MN fishing opener for The Trophy Stalkers this year. We sauntered up to Leech Lake near Walker, MN to pursue our golden dreams.

This year was an exceptional year for fishing, not only on Leech Lake, but many other lakes in northern Minnesota as well. Unlike last year, ice-out came very late on most of these large bodies of water. On Leech Lake, the ice receded the first weekend of May. What this means for walleye fisherman, is the walleye spawning occurs later. With only two weeks from ice-out to opener, with the water temperatures remaining cooler, the walleyes move and stay shallow during, and shortly after the spawn.

We were able to take advantage of the colder water temperatures, and fished primarily in 7-9 ft of water, and even shallower in the evening and at night. A 1/8oz – 1/4oz jig, tipped with a nice golden shiner, was the ticket for us. We were able to boat an abundance of fish over 20 inches, not to mention our limits of nice eaters.

Leech has been an amazing success story over the past 20 years. The population of healthy, large, walleyes has increased dramatically, and provided an exceptional angling experience for Minnesota sportsmen. It was just a fantastic opener, and such a great time catching these tasty fish….hopefully more to come!