The day before the 2013 Minnesota Fishing opener, many northwest Minnesota lakes still had plenty of ice on them. This certainly caused some heartache for anglers as some of the best walleye lakes in Minnesota would be frozen. But it didn’t stop a few thrill seekers from being the first people tubing on Leech Lake. Dodging icebergs and withstanding frigid water temperatures was all part of the fun had by Nancy, the first official person tubing on Leech Lake this open water season. Nancy is an employee at Huddle’s Resort on Leech Lake, which has been a Minnesota vacation tradition for 85 years. Owner, Ron Huddle was the one who towed Nancy on the first tube ride of the summer.
Leech Lake is the third largest lake in Minnesota, covering 102,947 acres. It gets down to 156 ft deep, but most of the lake is under 35 ft deep. The state record whitefish and pumpkinfish were both caught here, and Leech Lake is a popular destination for almost every major gamefish in MN. With that said, walleye is the most sought after fish here. Fisherman go after them in just about every type of setting on Leech Lake.
It may have been a long, cold spring but fishing and water sports (even in icy waters) mark the start to summer.