2018-04-19 / Outdoors

No boats for walleye opener?

To Lake Leelanau anglers, the walleye opener is an annual holiday.

It may look a lot different this year.

Come April 28, sportsmen probably won’t be in boats. Instead, they may have to bump elbows near the Narrows or along the Cedar River thanks to a lingering layer of ice.

“I’m almost positive (that’ll be the case) unless we get 60 degrees and sun in the next week,” said Greg Alsip, who owns Lake Effect Fishing Charters and manages the Lake Leelanau Narrows Resort. “There’s probably 10 inches of ice still.”

The lack of safe ice and open water has county anglers in an unusual spot, at least for mid-April.

Some found late-season success on Lake Leelanau, but no one was spotted by Alsip on the ice last week.

“Nothing,” he said. “Haven’t heard a word. Everything’s at a standstill. Still ice on the lake but no one is fishing.

“No one’s really getting out.”

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