Well they’ve been stocking the Otter Tail lake/river with lake sturgeon since the ’90’s and I’ve heard a few reports of 50′ fish soooo… I’m off to meet old man Trev at Vacationland Resort this weekend for fun, frolicking and to find me a sturg. (Not necessarily in that order). I know I’ll be up at the crack of dawn (10:30 right?) to head across the picturesque norther lake they call Otter Tail.
To be honest, I’ll be happy if we catch a sturgeon. It’s been over 15 years since I’ve fished non moving water. Yeah, I’m a bit nervous. How hard can it be really? Fish just want to eat and have sex right? Since Sturg aren’t spawning this time of year, that takes sex out of the equation. Fish are stupid…
I’ve done some background leg work with the DNR, and with Eric at the OutDoor Report. While Trev at Vacationland Resort is quizzing his guides to find out were they’re breaching regularly. So now all that’s left is to load up the Solera with 4 sturgeon rods and …what? Only TWO rods allowed?? Well maybe I better read up on the inland water rules before this weekend. It’s been a long while since I’ve been on water other then the St Croix or Mississippi Rivers.
One fella I was talking with about sturg bait was telling me a #5 shad rap is key. I was puzzled and said “for sturgeon?” “No” he replied “for when you get tired of looking for sturgeon and want to catch walleyes.” Now I have to go find my box of raps. I’m sure they’re in the garage someplace.
I might just try for a walleye or two anyway. I think it would be a shame to “go up Nort” and not try to fish for the State Fish.
Well, wish me luck. For the sturgeon, not the walleye in case you were wondering.