Anglers, bait shop owners prep for state's fishing opener

May 10, 2019 07:12 AM

This weekend is a big one for Minnesota anglers.

According to the state's tourism office, roughly 500,000 people are preparing to participate in the state's fishing opener Saturday.


Lakes and bait shops across the state will be busy Friday as people begin their preparations as well as over the weekend.

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Friday, Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan will attend the Governor's Fishing Opener in Albert Lea.

Meanwhile, Sunday, May 12 is Mother's Day and the fishing opener doubles as "Take a Mom Fishing Weekend," according to the DNR. Mothers who are also residents of Minnesota can fish without a license both Saturday and Sunday this year. Fishing for species part of the open fishing season regulation is allowed.

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