I look forward to every full moon fishing trip, but the October full moon always has the potential to be phenomenal. And this year on Otter Tail Lake was no different. Last Wednesday night, my friend Matt Parker and a buddy of his were able to get out at about 5:30 p.m. The magic hour for them was just as the sun was setting and the moon was rising. The hot lure was a blue X-Rap, trolled in six to 11 feet of water at 1.9 to 2.2 miles per hour.
Sept. 8 marked the first full moon of fall in these parts. For me, that means pulling crankbaits for walleyes at night. I fished the full moon in June, July and August on Otter Tail Lake with limited success, so I was a little hesitant to go again. However, I knew I'd regret not going more than another so-so trip. The nice thing about pulling cranks at night is if you are a family man like myself, it puts less stress on the family unit. You can maybe even leave the house after all the kids are in bed. You might still get in "dutch" with the Mrs.
My Uncle has a cabin on a small lake near Aitkin. He and his wife are gracious enough to let us use it from time to time. It's a beautiful log cabin perched on a hill, surrounded by woods. There's no TV, and it's a perfect place to get away from it all. Recently, we invited some friends and their kids to join us at the secluded sanctuary. I wasn't really expecting to relax as there was going to be seven kids to keep entertained. Upon arrival, my son, age five, asked to go fishing. Luckily my uncle had left a few crawlers in the fridge. We went down to the dock and gave it a shot.
The family and I recently spent a week at a local lake. We were fortunate enough to have our in-laws join us. My role during the "vacation" was to act...
One of the most common questions people ask any fisherman is; "Where they biting?" Some of the more common answers are "Area Lake, Unnamed Lake and Lake X". If the angler is bold enough to tell someone else where they are catching fish, there is usually a follow up; "What are they biting on?" Getting that information out of a good fisherman is like trying to get gold out of Fort Knox. That being said, in my travels, I am usually on many bodies of water in a week. So here's a rundown of what I've witnessed to be working: Walleyes - The transition appears to have started.
There's strong, then there's STEF STRONG. In October of 2011, Stefanie Hurt was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was 24 years old, pregnant and had just found out her dad was terminally ill. The Perham resident survived chemo, a double mastectomy and the passing of her father. Stef credits her faith, family and a passion for the outdoors with helping her beat "the beast." You see, despite all the adversity, Stef continued to hunt and fish. "You get a lot of think time when you are fishing or hunting. It's very therapeutic," Hurt said.
Football has the Super Bowl, golf has The Masters, and NASCAR has The Daytona 500. Here in Minnesota, the sport of fishing has "The Opener", celebrating the beginning of walleye season. This tradition has come to mean different things to different people. For folks in the fishing and tourism industry, it is like putting out an official "open for business" sign. Since 1948 the state has thrown a party known as The Governor's Fishing Opener. This year, the get-together was on Gull Lake, just north of Brainerd.