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DNR Large Lake Specialist Doug Schultz gently squeezes the eggs from a female walleye into a dish at Boy River near Hackensack. (Jason Durham / For the Enterprise)

Fish affected by early spring, ice out

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The 2010 open-water season has arrived with some interesting circumstances.

Ice on many lakes melted in record time, the 2010 walleye opener is a week later than usual and seasonal temperatures have been consistent and above normal.

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This year's walleye opener is a little atypical too. Because the walleye and northern season begins two Saturdays before Memorial Day weekend, the 2010 opener will land on May 15, missing Mother's Day by a week.

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