After the winter Minnesotans endured, all anybody really asked for out of the fishing season's opening day was open water. This one produced so much more than that, Dennis Anderson reports from Crane Lake. C16
Also: Doug Smith, from Gull Lake C16
Anderson has been the Star Tribune outdoors columnist since 1993. Before that, for 13 years, he wrote the outdoors column for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. He covers hunting, fishing, camping, boating, paddling and other outdoor activities, as well as natural resource conservation. Follow @stribdennis
Trouble seems afoot with the state's muskies. Smaller muskies seem to be missing from Lake Mille Lacs (and certain other waters) altogether, while the lake's remaining muskies are far fewer — and gargantuan.