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A great day of Minnesota walleye fishing

by Mike McFeely

Jason Stetz owns Heart O' Lakes Quality Meats in Pelican Rapids, Minn. It is a growing business in Minnesota lakes country that is overcoming a devastating fire that occurred a couple of years ago. Jason is one of my sponsors on "Radio Waves," my boat.

Here is the link to the Heart O' Lakes Meats web site: Click here to see it.

Jason also happens to be an excellent walleye fisherman who knows lakes in the Pelican Rapids area like the back of his hand. So when he called me the other day and said, "Bring your boat down, meet me at the shop and we'll go see if we can't catch a few nice walleyes," I didn't hesitate.

Sunday, we went to a Pelican-area lake (which I swore to not reveal) and went to a small point that dropped steeply into deep water. We started working the 18- to 21-foot depths with Lindy rigs and leeches.

It didn't take long before a fish drilled my leech and, after a couple of minutes, Jason netted a nice 22-inch walleye that we quickly photographed and released. Over the next couple of hours, we boated a dozen walleyes ranging from 18 inches to 25 inches. Jason kept the two smallest fish for supper and we released the rest.

I caught the 25-incher, my biggest walleye of the year so far. It is the second picture below.

All in all, a great day of Minnesota walleye fishing. Especially at this time of the year, because June can be a wonderful time to catch all species of fish.

Here are a few photos: