In a not so distant frozen land 30 Veterans brave the cold in search of the elusive MN walleye and a few days of relaxation and good stories. At the end of January 2015 the DAV of MN Outdoors program went out to do a little ice fishing with a group of great Veterans. The cold weather made it very easy to find plenty of ice but made for a tough bite. But despite the tough bite we were able to find some fish and find a great deal of enjoyment with the friends we made and the stories we heard.
Our first day as we headed out on the ice we had beautiful weather and a very enjoyable ride out to our ice houses despite all of the ice heaves and obstacles around the lake. Once we got settled into the houses it was game on and lines were in the water looking for fish. After a little bit of time we did start to bring some fish up though the holes despite it being a very light bite. Even with the slow bite we had a blast getting to know one another throughout the remainder of the trip and many of the Veterans I met I will never forget.
Throughout the week we didn’t set any records on the amount of fish we caught but we did catch enough to have a fish fry so that we could have the taste of fresh walleye in our mouths and in our bellies. We did manage to bring up a 24.5” which was the record for the trip but due to slot limits he is still swimming around for someone else to catch him on another day.
Overall we had an amazing time on the ice and we can’t wait to get back out and enjoy some more time with new friends and old. Every trip we do seems to be a great time relaxing and getting to know one another and we are always looking forward to our next trip out.
If you have any questions or know someone who would benefit from our trips please feel free to contact our Dept Headquarters at 651-291-1212.