The fishing opener is in the books and I’d call it a great one! Fish were biting everywhere, with BIG fish caught in 8-10 feet of water and keepers being a little bit deeper in 18-20′. We did best using rainbows but we talked to people who were catching walleyes on fatheads, leeches and even some using crawlers. Probably the best fishing opener since 2010.
The 2015 Minnesota Fishing Opener is Saturday, May 9 and unlike the past two years, we’ll be ice free. Water levels are VERY low so watch for rocks that you may have floated right over in past years, especially last year when the water was very high.
If you are coming up to Kab and need some spots to try, here are a few. The west end will be the best. Try Tom Cod Bay up in the weeds in 5-6 feet with a 1/8th ounce jig and minnow. Three Sisters Island is one of the top early season spots, just look for the boats. Bald Rock Bay in 15-18 feet is a good spot. Harris Island is always a good opener spot, but usually there will be a lot of boats. Fish shallow for the trophies and move deeper for the keepers. Bittersweet Island with a jig and minnow on the north side out to the channel marker is sometimes real hot. The southwest corner of the island can be good for Crappie in the evening.
No boat, no problem! Go out on the point at Woodenfrog and fish with a slip bobber and minnow. Lots and lots of walleye are caught every year around the point. Try setting your depth at about 8 feet.