MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — On Saturday, Minnesotans will launch their boats in search of open water for the annual fishing opener.
With a wintry spring, here are some tips to navigate this weekend opener that may involve a bit of ice.READ MORE: Homicide Investigation Underway After Woman Found Dead Inside St. Paul Home
Local guide Steve Carney’s been fishing South Dakota and the rivers the past month. His easy advice for anglers this week? Go south.
“I’m recommending to a lot of people to stick to southern Minnesota,” he said. “Highway 12 — as it goes all the way across the state — stay south of it. Water temperatures will be in the low 40s … that’s going to be a good bite.”READ MORE: Fight Breaks Out At Eastern Carver County School Board Meeting
Carney will start in the southwest Minnesota, where he’s had success before. And he will seek out lakes of a particular size.
“Eight hundred acres, 1,200 acres,” Carney said. “Work these fish who’ve had open water for about a week or so, and that allows water temperature into the 40s.”
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“The bad news is we’re losing a few weeks early, but the good side is I think it’ll get extended into later July instead of tailing off,” he said. “I think we’ll have a good July. “