Karma at work this spring [UPDATED]Published 4:21am Monday, May 6, 2013 Updated 6:23am Monday, May 6, 2013
Every year, my friend from Fergus Falls invites me up to the walleye opener on Lake of the Woods.
Unlike my friend, whose family lives near the lake, the expected quality of fishing is the primary factor in whether I make the three-plus-hour drive north.
If I think the weather will be nice and the fish will bite, I’ll go. If it looks like our weekend will involve miserable hours in the boat or many hours of downtime watching satellite TV in the cabin, I’d rather take my chances here.
Unlike the walleye fishing in these parts, where any number of factors can determine whether you catch fish or not, there seems to be only one factor on Lake of the Woods: water temperature.
When the water is seasonably warm, the walleye bite. When it’s not, they don’t. Last year’s opener was preceded by an early, warm spring, and the weather looked (relatively) nice. It was a no-brainer to go up there, and it paid dividends with nice weather and walleyes.
This year, and I hate to say it, it was a no-brainer to stay here.
One week before the opener, the ice has not yet come off the shallow lakes within Fergus Falls city limits, though we are close. On the lakes we all fish on, there’s a ways to go.
Considering the forecast predicts a warm week leading up to the opener, I would lay even odds that the ice will be out by Saturday.
On Lake of the Woods, I’d put money on the fact that ice angling may be the only option come opener.
If anything, we who live up here can better appreciate September. Most non-residents make Labor Day weekend the last in our area, which means the locals can enjoy lakes country traffic free.
Generally, the last three weekends in September are as nice as can be —warm, but not as blistering hot as July and August, and dry, unlike May. Last year, most were probably burned out by September. This year will be different.
I also liken this spring to the scenario when I bowl a great game or golf a great round, and then follow it up with a stinker. Last spring was too good to be true.
The law of averages says we needed to get some payback at some point. I just didn’t think it would be this soon.
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Instead of fishing on the opener, it looks like I’ll be doing some … duathloning (not sure if that’s a word.)
I have signed up for the second annual Central Lakes Cycle Duathlon.
The event includes a 20-mile bike ride, a four-mile run, and a seven-mile bike ride.
I have to admit, biking is not my best event, and I’m also scheduled to participate in the Fargo half-marathon the following weekend.
I may have to suppress my inner competitiveness and make it a fun thing. This 40-plus body can only handle so much.
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As a long-time Timberwolves basketball fan, I was happy to see owner Glen Taylor replace David Kahn with Flip Saunders. Simply put, Kahn was incompetent. His primary qualification as general manager was a basketball writer for Portland’s Oregonian, which means he had no more basketball acumen than, well, me. He ran the team like a last-place fantasy sports team owner. He got lucky a few times — drafting Ricky Rubio, hiring coach Rick Adelman — but a blind squirrel can always find a nut.
Kahn’s hiring as the Wolves general manager brings me back to a point I’ve made before. I get that, in the NBA, there are only so many people in the world who are tall and athletic enough to make it. But what is it, exactly, that Kahn possessed that made him more qualified than, say, a million owners of successful fanstasy basketball teams?
You tell me.
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