Estimated Half-Million Anglers Hit Minnesota Lakes for Fishing Opener

May 14, 2018 01:38 PM

An estimated half-million anglers hit the lakes for Minnesota's fishing opener.

The "fishing season" officially started at midnight on Friday.


At Big B's Bait and Tackle in Plymouth, they opened at 4:30 a.m. to help people gear up.

Fishing is of course big business in the state of Minnesota. In fact, the DNR estimates $2.4 billion in direct retail sales is generated annually. That ranks Minnesota third in the country in that category.

KSTP's 2018 Fishing Opener Guide

At Big B's they have been waiting anxiously to get the season started. The owner, Brian Sularz, said they, like many other shops, lost out on a whole month of business with the winter-like weather in April.

With bait shortage concerns for some shops, Sularz did his own trapping to make up for it. However, on a day like the fishing opener, Sularz said they'll do a lot more business than usual.

"The anticipation has been crazy," Sularz said. "We lost an entire month of April which is usually a pretty good month for croppie fishing and people start to gear up before the opener so everybody kind of got a late start and I think we just left the tackle boxes collecting dust there for awhile not realizing that, hey, these lakes are going to open and when they do it's going to happen fast."


Brett Hoffland

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