This year for the Camp Ripley disabled veterans deer hunt I didn’t have to pack any orange. Instead the muskie rods were loaded.
A new addition to the hunt was offering a lucky group of veterans the chance to hit Lake Alexander for the fall muskie bite. And since I’ve kind of been in fishing mode it only seemed fitting.
After a great dinner provided by Brainerd Sunrise Sertoma Club we put together a game plan for the next morning, and of course got to hear some great hunting stories from the day’s hunt. After an early breakfast we loaded up four boats and eight anglers and headed out to see if we could convince a muskie to get into the boat. With a follow right away and the best weather day we’ve had in weeks the day started great. But muskie being muskie we fished hard all day and ended up with three follows and a nice fish spitting the hook at the side of the boat. Which for muskie fishing is still a good day, and pretty exciting at times. Which, if you chase muskies, you know that’s all you can ask for.
And now it’s back to Gull Lake for some walleye fishing, which after being so elusive have now decided to go crazy. And soon enough all you will be hearing about is, yep you guessed it, elk.
JAMIE DIETMAN, What’s Up Outdoors, may be reached at 218-820-7757.