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Oops! Lake events step on each other's toes

Fishing for all species is now in full swing. I felt bad for the Muskie people that came up for their opening weekend last weekend only to find boat races on Detroit and a 100-boat walleye tournament on Pelican. Both these lakes are the hottest Muskie waters in our area and draw fisherman from all over the state and neighboring states.

I am not a Muskie fisherman, but I can imagine how I would react if that conflict were to occur on walleye opener on my favorite lakes. I know the change of weeks for opening dates, the long history of the Pelican tournament, the excitement of other water sports and the interest it draws to host events, all converged to create this situation.

I don't know what the solution is to make sure it doesn't happen again, other than everyone involved in event planning take time to consider other activities going on, and all adjusting to accommodate others as best as we can. I know nobody intended to step on anyone else's toes, but in this situation it happened. Sorry Muskie people, and I hope it doesn't keep you from coming back to our area to enjoy the resource the lakes have to offer.

I had the pleasure of a couple of trips to Mille Lacs this last week. If you are a walleye fisherman and have not been to Mille Lacs the last several years, plan a trip over to fish the big water. We are two hours away, and the time over and back will be worth it. I fished mainly mud flats with long leaders and leeches on a live bait rig. The best bite was in 24 to 26 feet of water. Leech and Winni are also turning out numbers and size. They are also only a couple hours away. We have good fishing in our area, but these lakes are world class, and our right in our back yard. It is always fun to expand your fishing adventures.

(Laabs runs Brad Laabs Guide Service in Detroit Lakes.)