Brute’s Bleat May 18, 2016

These three boat trailers were parked in the Maple Lake public acccess off Hwy. 55 at about 7 a.m. and the anglers were toughing it out on the lake for what I think was the most foul weather fishing opener in my lifetime. I’ve put up with cold weather before, but nothing that matched the conditions Saturday morning when the wind howled all Friday night and most of Saturday. I haven’t a clue if any of the anglers on Maple Lake caught anything Saturday, but if they did they certainly paid the price. One boat was tied up to the dock and the anglers were out shopping for a fuel line according to the boat checker at the access who was inspecting boats for aquatic invasive species. The DNR hires a crew of seasonal watercraft inspectors each year to inspect watercraft for aquatic invasive species and
watercraft when necessary, identifying potential invasive species, predicting their spread, and developing and implementing solutions.
Sunday was a better day for fishing, but it was still a cold day and I elected to watch Sartell and the Maple Lake Lakers duel it out for nine inninngs. The Sartell team put together 10 runs and defeated the Lakers 10-1. The Lakers play again Friday night when they host the Cokato Kernels in a 7:30 game and Winsted here Sunday afteroon. Dale Decker, who was manning the Laker gate, said his boys caught 6-7 walleyes on Collinwood Lake Sunday. Big O Paumen fished on Ramsey Sunday morning and caught one Northeran and three Bass before he showed up for the Amereican Legion Post breakfast. Kayla Erickson said her husband, Jeff, caught a Walleye, a Crappie and a Sunfish on Saturday fishing in Ottertail County and several walleyes on Sunday on Buffalo Lake.
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My postponed Walley opener is still on for Tuesday last and while there isn’t a heat wave in the forecast I think I’ll be able to tolerate the middle 60s with not much wind predicted.
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I noticed the beautification effort by the city along Highway 55 has included lots of trees and shrubs and they should bode well for dressing up that right-of-way in the years to come and made our city more attractive than it already is.