Brute’s Bleat

This 22-inch walleye brought a smile to my brother, Marlin’s, face Sunday evening when the three Brutlag brothers, Marlin, Charles and myself, began the 2017 season. Besides having the largest fish, he also caught the first walleye, good for a $1 from Charles and myself. To add insult to injury he caught the first fish again Monday morning for another $2. We kept four walleyes Sunday evening and another two Monday before they shut off when the wind settled in the east. I brought up the rear with only one walleye, but it was a good opener. We woke up to rain on Tuesday and didn’t go out.
Daryl Hennen said his group of Hennens fished Lake Vermilion where they found the walleyes hungry even though it was cold and windy in the north country on Saturday. He said the lake was like glass Monday morning and no rain which was a great way to wind up their opener.
This year’s opener was kind of a crazy weather week with very warm and dry air on the weekend, that started deteriorating Tuesday and got downright nasty with rain and wind right through the weekend. Maple Lake got roughly 4 1/4 inches of rain. This was the first opener in my lifetime that I used an umbrella in the boat Saturday afternoon to keep cool while I was fishing for sunfish on Maple Lake. I found a hot spot and had 17 keepers in the live well within a couple of hours.

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