DNR: About 500K anglers expected to take part in fishing opener

DNR: About 500K anglers expected to take part in fishing opener Photo: KSTP

May 07, 2019 12:07 PM

About half a million anglers are expected to take part in the fishing opener, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says.

According to the DNR, that's about one-third of the licensed anglers in Minnesota.

The opener marks the day fishing can begin for walleye, northern pike and trout in lakes. Fishing remains open all year for many other species, including popular fish like sunfish and crappies.

Fishing contributes $2.4 billion to the state's economy in direct retail sales, ranking Minnesota third in the nation for angler expenditures, according to this 2011 U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service national survey, the DNR said in a news release. Fishing also supports nearly 35,500 Minnesota jobs, according to Sportfishing in America, January 2013, produced by Southwick and Associates.

Complete Fishing Opener Guide

You can find information about new regulations here.

The DNR also offers regional fishing reports, which you can find here.

With the opener falling on Saturday, May 11, the day before Mother's Day, it is also "Take a Mom Fishing Weekend." The DNR says mothers who are Minnesota residents can fish without a license Saturday and Sunday as part of "Take of Mom Fishing Weekend."

The department also reminds anglers to wear life jackets. The DNR says 30 percent of boating fatalities take place in cold water, which is defined as water generally below 70 degrees. Cold water shock can incapacitate even the strongest swimmers, the DNR said, meaning a life jacket can actually be the difference between life and death.

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