Fishing Opener offers productive catch for excited anglers at Anchor Inn

Fishing opener 2018 brought out the winter weary anglers.  Ice went out of Little Sand Lake on May 1.  Anglers were ready for the liquid water.   Water temperatures are cold, but the air temperatures are pleasant this week and the cool nights make for great sleeping.  The walleye and northern pike season opened on Saturday, May 12 at midnight.  A late night fishing experience is always  popular after waiting for  winter to disappear and spring to arrive.  Early this week the air temperatures were in 80’s, but that soon disappeared with several days of cool wet days and downright chilly evenings. 


Regulars every year return to their favorite fishing hole on the Sand Lake Chain of lakes in Itasca County to tempt the walleye and northern pike.  The bass anglers will have to wait a few weeks to harvest their catch, but catch and release are still available.  Pan fish; black crappie, yellow sunfish, and bluegill, are dispersed until the water warms up in late June.  But you can still catch some nice ones if you are diligent and resourceful.  Nice perch have been caught throughout the lakes.  The Bowstring River at the Anchor Inn bridge is a popular spot for the opener.




The docks and fish cleaning house are awaiting your arrival.  If these photos of happy anglers at the yearly fishing opener ritual tempt you, it is not too late to plan a trip.  Check out available cottages which await you.  You will find the accommodations comfortable and the weekly Wednesday fish fry a delight to your palate. 


A trip to the north woods and a stay in the Chippewa National Forest is a delight.  Other activities await those who are seeking other alternatives to angling.  Come enjoy nature through wildlife viewing, hiking, photography, biking trails; all are abundant in the area.  Check out the local attractions and day trips which are unique opportunities for all.  We hope to see you soon!