A timelapse video of a trip down the river during the Governor’s Fishing Opener Saturday, May 13. It starts south of the rapids near Sauk Rapids, up to the River’s Edge Convention Center.

It didn’t take long after I set the hook before I realized I was dealing with a pretty good fish. Other than some thumping head shakes, this walleye was nothing but steady pressure. It had no intention of leaving the bottom if it didn’t have to.

I quickly warned my fishing partner Charlie Simkins that I was dealing with a thumper when I watched him set the hook. With a grin, he added that he too was fighting a better than average fish.

Thinking out loud, I told Simkins that I hoped these fish each stayed on their own side of the boat. He readily agreed.

Our efforts to keep these fish separated worked for a while, but eventually, they headed for under the boat. A moment later, they had successfully managed to cross lines and we had a mess on our hands.

My fish was the first to tire so I reached the net with one hand and scooped up a big walleye. The next step was for me to hold the net and lay down my rod so I could deal with the dangle. Simkins had his hands full with the fish he was fighting.

With the scissors I carry in my PFD pocket, I cut my line so the other fish could swim free. A short time later, I scooped up Simkins’ fish in the same net mine was in.

After a couple of quick photos, the 23 and 27 inch walleyes were once again swimming on their own. That is definitely the most walleye I have ever had in a net at one time!

Our annual trip to Island View Lodge on Rainy Lake is always full of adventures and memorable moments. This year’s stay was certainly no exception.

The walleyes we found on the reefs were a little bigger than average with lots of fish over 20 inches….