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Bookend walleyes

We are back to the beginning - 175 days later. Today is the Minnesota rifle opener, and the deer are there, but relegated to the back of my mind. The walleyes, as they often do, have won the battle for my time. The boys and I started the open water season on the St. Louis River upstream of Boy Scout Landing. Today, nearly seven months later, we will wrap up our open water season on this same stretch.

We pull into the landing mid-morning; the parking lot is surprisingly full. The docks have been recently removed for the year, adding to the adventure of launching and loading our 20-foot Lund Ala...

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