With the countdown on for the Minnesota fishing opener on May 11, fishermen are eagerly awaiting the chance to fish their favorite lakes. It has been an odd spring here in Minnesota with some lakes in Northwest Minnesota and Northeast Minnesota still waiting for the last bit of ice to melt off. But with temperatures slowly rising anticipation for the May 11 Minnesota fishing opener is in full swing.
Fishing is a way of life for most Minnesotans with over 1.2 million fishing licenses purchased in 2012 according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). With over 3.8 million acres of fishing waters, there are always big fish just waiting to be caught.
As the state fish, the walleye is always one of the most sought after fish. As the opener approaches, Minnesota Fishing Hall of Famer Al Linder provides some great tackle tips for hooking that big, golden-bellied ‘eye’.
Tackle Tips for Fishing Great Al Linder
When targeting walleye, Linder says it is important to have the right bait. He advises one that offers enticing action and an attractive presentation. Linder’s go to lure is the new patent pending Rapala Scatter Rap Minnow or Shad. Linder says “this new lure creates the most evasive, erratic, aggressive action I’ve has ever seen.”
The Scatter Rap series brings game-changing action to the water with its effortless swimming pattern. The lure is available in 16 different finishes, which gives Rapala’s latest invention added versatility.
Jigging has become quite a popular technique and Linder provides two key factors when rigging up: fishing line and lure. When Linder is out on the water he uses the Sufix 832 because it allows him to feel the slightest bite but is strong enough to tangle with the toughest walleye. As for the lure to use while jigging Linder goes wit the Rapala Snap Rap because it creates an attention-grabbing darting action with each flick of the rod.
Although just being able to hit the open water after a long few months of ice will be enough for Minnesota fisherman, nothing could make the experience better than reeling in a trophy fish during the Minnesota fishing opener. This opener, Linder’s tackle tips should provide Minnesota fisherman the advantage over the elusive walleye.