Minnesota Fishing Opener 2016

The 2016 season finally kicked off, and it was a great weekend!

We were out on the water Saturday and Sunday and had nice action for opening weekend. With a cold front that moved in Friday night and a chilly, cloudy, and windy Saturday fish seemed to have pushed into deeper water. There was quite a bit of action with heavy flies in clouser and black leech patterns.

Sunday had an entirely new feeling to the day. Temperatures were a little warmer, about mid to higher 60’s, partly sunny skies and only slight wind at times. Starting out the day right off the bat with a few smallies in the boat on the CK bait fish, that later became the hot bait with a more smallmouth on clousers. Minnow patterns were the way to go. While using the CK bait fish, we stumbled upon a couple unexpected pike that gave us a good fight. The fish all seemed to be more active all day Sunday as water temperatures were slowly warming up. Towards the end of the day, we were beginning to see more smallmouth up in the shallows. With the warm weather in the next week or so, fishing should really be getting good!

And what better way to start the 2016 season, and end opening weekend, than with a 23inch Smallmouth on the fly! Watching that rod bend after a breathtakingly insane eat was something I wish I could re play!

Keep on Livin’ the Dream

-Luke

23 inch Smallmouth on the fly!

23 inch Smallmouth on the fly!