Minnesota walleye fishing opener is just a few weeks away (May 13, 2017 to be exact). Where will you be? If you’re smart like the generations of seasoned fishermen that frequent our Minnesota fishing resort, you’ll be on Lake Winnibigoshish enjoying one of Minnesota’s favorite pastimes.
If you’re really smart, you’ll be staying in one of the beautiful cabins at Northland Lodge the night before so you can beat the crowds to the early morning bite. You’ve probably heard about and seen photos of the legendary lunkers that have been pulled from Lake Winnie’s waters throughout the years. But did you know that there is a highly complex and meticulous process that is occurring right now, producing more than 10 million walleye fry each year?
Cut Foot Sioux (located just a few minutes north of our Minnesota fishing resort) is a natural spawning location since walleye are attracted to the warmer, flowing water. The Cut Foot Sioux Walleye Hatchery is located here and we are fascinated by the scrupulous job the men and women do there. The crew is busy prepping for fishing season by assisting in the production of walleye eggs all this week, and you can read more about the process here.
If you want to be the subject of fisherman’s tales for years to come, plan to spend your Minnesota walleye fishing opener on Lake Winnie this year. We still have cabin and campsite rentals available so book now before they’re all taken. The walleye slot limit on Winnie has changed in recent years, so be sure to brush up on that before you go. You can also check into fishing with one of our recommended fishing guides.
Other northern Minnesota resorts boast about their walleye fishing, but don’t be fooled. The walleye are all here on Lake Winnibigoshish, and that’s where you should be too!
Although it’s technically spring on March 20th, winter has its way of sticking around until the bitter cold end in northern Minnesota. The month of March can be a strange phenomenon around northern Minnesota fishing resorts. One year we fished on the ice in 70 degree sunshine for St. Patrick’s Day. A few years later it was 30 below that day. If you’re doing the math, that’s a 100 degrees difference!
Without further ado, here is Northland Lodge’s list of ways to breeze through the final weeks of Minnesota winter.
#3 Get a Tan (Get Outside)!
Can’t afford a tropical spring break or a tanning membership? Grab an ice auger, a fishing pole and a bucket and head out on the lake for some good old fashioned bucket fishing on a sunny day. Northern Minnesota resorts and other Lake Winnibigoshish resorts are still reporting decent ice and fishing conditions . Plus, now that we’re past daylight savings time, we are enjoying prolonged hours of glorious daylight. The sun’s reflection off the glistening ice will reflect the sun rays, maximizing your sun exposure. Studies show that sunlight helps boost your mood, too! A few days of this and your friends will assume you just returned from the tropics.
**Disclaimer - practice safe sun by applying SPF 30 sunscreen prior to exposure.
#2 Get a Hobby!
Finding a hobby you enjoy will not only give you extra motivation to get out of bed on chilly mornings, but keeping yourself occupied with something fun also makes the time go by more quickly. Become a whitetail deer shed hunter! In Minnesota, late winter and early spring are the best times to look for antlers that have been shed by bucks, because the snow is melting and the underbrush hasn’t grown over them yet.
If you’re not into shed hunting, make walking your hobby. Try to take at least a 15 minute walk around your neighborhood every day if you can. Challenge yourself by increasing your walk time by one more minute or one more block each day. Walking increases circulation, making you feel warmer in the long run, and increasing serotonin and dopamine levels. Bonus points if your hobby brings you outdoors!
#1 Get On Our List!
Book your Minnesota resort vacation at Northland Lodge now! Reserving your spot early will increase the likelihood of securing your favorite cabin or campsite. Having the upcoming date circled on your calendar will give you and your family something to look forward to and will seemingly make the winter go by more quickly.
You’ll be enjoying our Minnesota family fun resort in no time! See you when you get here!
It might seem premature to start thinking about summer vacation, but now is the perfect time to plan your getaway to one of the most inclusive Minnesota family resorts! Located on beautiful Lake Winnibigoshish (Lake Winnie to the locals), the historic Northland Lodge offers a little bit of something for everyone. Boasting more than 10,000 lakes, it’s rare to find a Minnesota resort with a swimming pool, but we’ve got you covered! Families can enjoy swimming in the waters of beautiful Lake Winnie, or splashing in our heated swimming pool complete with a waterslide.
Lake Winnie Resorts have the advantage of being located on one of Minnesota’s largest and most popular fishing lakes. Our guides can help you navigate the waters to find a “hot spot” throughout the season, recommending specific bait and tackle to catch that trophy walleye. Combine that with the peaceful setting of centuries-old pines nestled in the Chippewa National Forest, and you’ve got it made in the shade...quite literally.
This fall, our classic-yet-modern cabin interiors were updated with blue-stained red pine paneling, crafted from local timber. These upgrades add a stunning splash of style to our clean cabins, contributing just the right amount of “rustic” to our Lake Winnie resort. We also offer a well-kept campsite complete with RV hookups if that’s your style.
Whether you’re looking for an action-packed family escape or a relaxing fishing getaway, we hope to see you along the shores of Lake Winnie this summer! Book now to secure your spot before they fill up.