By Susie Jones

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Sen. Tom Bakk (D – Cook) and Rep. David Dill (D-Crane Lake) are proposing an amendment to move up the opening weekend of the 2012 fishing season by one week.

Dill says the weather is making for perfection conditions for the change this year.

“And the walleye have moved from their spawning habitat, the rivers have slowed down already and the temperatures been incredible, so why not let people go out and fish,” Dill said.

Dill says the official Governor’s Opener would remain. He said some resort owners object to the move because they are not ready.

“I’m not proposing this for resorts,” Dill said. “I’m proposing this for mom and dad and for kids and for people who want to get out into the great outdoors a week early. And we have a unique opportunity. And this is only for one year because we don’t know what next year will bring.”

Bakk is calling it the “Mom’s Amendment,” because the current fishing opener is on Mother’s Day.

“On a personal note, I’m not the only Minnesotan who is torn between the fishing opener and spending May 12 with my mom,” Bakk said. “Of course, Mom’s should be a priority, but this way we can have both.”

Dill said there is a good chance the amendment will pass.

The amendment would allow fishing on May 5 instead of May 12.

Comments (20)
  1. Greg Looseanus says:

    An extra week would be great. Can’t wait to get the pole in my hand.

  2. PowerToThePeople says:

    Surely your pole is in your the moment. No, don’t waste tax payer time and money by debating a 7 more days of fishing. For gawd sakes….won’t the liberal just focus on the people business, versus random, meaningless agenda items?

    1. desert eagle .50 says:

      A pole your hand is worth two poles in JAQ’s hand.

      I am being specific.

  3. John says:

    At least the repubs arent focusing on meaningless agenda items such as gay marriage.

  4. Tenbears says:

    Tenbears wonders what a fishing opener is.

  5. notimeforyou says:

    And these MORONS wonder why no one likes them or trusts them ………. leave the fishing opener as it is and DO THE JOB YOU WERE ELECTED TO DO !!!

    1. jackactionhero says:

      Actually, as an avid fisherman, I would love to have the opener early. The lakes and rivers are open way earlier than usual, and some of the lakes that get socked in with weeds in the Summer are already getting weedy. The water temps are ahead of schedule, and the walleye spawn is done. I don’t understand the opposition to this…

  6. Johnny says:

    No Time for You- So you say the jobs they were elected to do is Gay Marriage, Voter ID and Right to Work? You have a problem with moving the fishing opener one week but dont have a problem with the repubs to come up with a bonding bill to fix our crumbling roads and bridges? What about all the money YOU stole from education and LGA? Think about it.

  7. Tenbears says:

    Tenbears wonders what a limit is.

    1. Bert says:

      The limit is two stupid comments and you have reached yours sir, good day.

      1. Tenbears says:

        Bert not very nice.

        1. jdjsdlsifrjf54 says:

          your right MR. Tenbears… Bert is a grump

    2. desert eagle .50 says:

      desert eagle .50 wants to know why Tenbears speaks with big forked tongue in the turd person. Did Tenbears learn this from JAQ?

      Please be specific.

  8. KEVIN says:

    Leave tenbears alone, he’s busy counting his casino cash.

  9. C D says:

    Keep it open year round. What difference does it make and why would that be bad? Close off the areas that might endanger the resource because of early fishing and let the people fish and spend their money when they can and want to fish. I almost forgot………….please keep liquor stores closed on Sundays too as I need government telling me when I can and cannot buy a legal product.

  10. Dan says:

    This is actually a pretty big deal for tourist areas throughout Minnesota that rely heavily on fishing to generate revenue for the region. As hard as it is to believe, 7 extra days of the fishing season will mean well over $20,000 in additional revenue for my business – and I am just one of many that will benefit. For a tax poor state like MN, the tax revenue alone from tourists coming into our state should be reason enough to make it happen.

  11. Meat says:

    How stupid!!!! How about this for an idea. Raise the non-residents price, lower the limits and leave the opener where its at. Fishing is all I do in the summer from with the family to tournements. Minnesota has great fishing but it could be alot better. If they are going to waste tax money for 7 more days of fishing this year maybe we should not re-elect them again. What a waste.

  12. 9 bears says:

    just canceled my vacation and can’t rebook thanks dill and bakk, great idea you two clowns

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