Updated: 05/09/2014 6:21 PM
Created: 05/09/2014 5:26 PM KSTP.com
By: Tom Durian
It's estimated nearly 500,000 Minnesotans will take to the lakes this weekend for the state's fishing opener.
Bob Sonenstahl has owned Wayzata Bait and Tackle for the last 40 years. He told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS this is the first time that he'd have the time to stop and talk to us on opening day "eve." Why? While customers are preparing for the fishing opener, his store is not nearly as busy as years past.
Sonenstahl blames the weather for the lack of fishermen. "When you've got rain, cold, rain cold, rain, cold, they just stay on the couch. Their minds do not push them to say let's get the boat, I gotta get this, I gotta get that. It's all put on hold" Sonenstahl said.
Customer Dave Olson says while "winter seems so long, but last year was worse." Olson was getting new line put on his reel and excited to go fishing early Saturday.
As far as business goes, Sonenstahl is not worried. He thinks the season may just stretch a bit longer into the fall.