Last week was the Minnesota fishing season opener and, like most of the fishermen here in Minnesota, I was out on the water. The majority of those anglers were trying to catch walleyes, many of them starting right at midnight Friday night to get a jump on everyone else. Twenty years ago when my grandparents had cabins on Leech Lake, we would participate, too. These days, however, I’m not much of a walleye fisherman. Instead, my main focus is on northern pike. They are by far my favorite fish to catch and are equally good table fare—they just require a little bit more effort to clean.