While boats took to Minnesota lakes in full force Saturday for the Minnesota fishing opener, area anglers proved yet again that you don't need watercraft to craft your skills on the water.
According to Nikki Shoutz, DNR conservation officer out of Pine River, Russ Carlyle's catch was the best she's seen on the Pine River on a state fishing opener. Carlyle (left), a former vocalist and big-band leader who performed from Las Vegas to Breezy Point, hoisted a 26-inch walleye he took from the river Saturday while his fishing partner, Wayne Haberman, proudly displayed a pair of nice walleyes he caught that morning - a 22- and 17-incher.
If there was a dock, there were anglers Saturday, including at Pelican Lake/Breezy Point, which a year ago at this time was buzzing with boats for the Governor's Fishing Opener. While there were a few boats in the bay at Breezy on Saturday, most of the anglers were doing their thing from land.
Pelican Lake/Breezy Point
And, of course, the Gull Lake Recreation Area north of Brainerd was a hot spot for the shore thing, with anglers reporting some success.
A few boats - tied up near shore there - were in the mix.
Gull Lake Recreation Area
Obviously for transportation purposes.
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