Colder weather and ice, may have kept some from taking part in the fishing opener, but not Gov. Mark Dayton. He hit Fish Hook Lake Saturday morning in Park Rapids for the 66th annual fishing opener. He caught a nice-sized walleye less than a half hour after midnight Saturday morning.
It’s just two days until the fishing opener. Assuming you go to southern Minnesota to find fish this weekend, it’s safe to say there will be plenty of pressure from other anglers as lakes may be quite busy.
On Saturday, Minnesotans will launch their boats in search of open water for the annual fishing opener.
Minnesota’s walleye, pike and lake trout opener is just around the corner, causing worry for fishing guides and others faced with ice-locked lakes.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is sharing new details into “Operation Squarehook.” That is the codename of the undercover operation that netted at least 31 people in what is being described as the largest fishing bust in some 20 years.
Ten men face federal charges for allegedly poaching walleye and other protected fish from the Red Lake and Leech Lake reservations and selling them on the black market.
Anglers will be allowed to keep fewer walleyes when they fish Mille Lacs Lake this year.
Mille Lacs Lake, one of Minnesota’s most popular fishing destinations, is likely to see tight restrictions this summer to help its walleye population recover.
State fisheries officials meet with Mille Lacs Lake area residents and business owners near Garrison on Wednesday to discuss how to cut the walleye harvest this year.
State and tribal officials have agreed to slash the maximum allowable walleye harvest from one of Minnesota’s most popular fisheries, Mille Lacs Lake.
The best ice fishing in Minnesota? WCCO viewers’ pick is Lake Mille Lacs.
A tip call led to fines for three anglers who caught nearly 70 fish beyond the limit, according to the Department of Natural Resources. The three fishers now face fines in the neighborhood of $3,000.
Matt Brickman has yet to taste walleye. With the help of viewers, he was able to sink his teeth into the “best walleye dinner in Minnesota.”
A day like Thursday only adds to the anticipation of the fishing opener on Saturday. In fact, it is the weather that might dictate success.
However, not the current conditions: an early spring has made for an unpredictable walleye bite.
When your job is keeping tabs on the state’s walleye population you go to work when the walleye do. And an early ice out for most Minnesota lakes means the fish are laying eggs a full month ahead of normal.
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