The 2020 Minnesota Fishing Opener is Saturday, May 9.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is asking people to stay close to home and follow health guidelines this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here's a guide to this year's opener, including what you need to know about the event and how to prepare.

Ahead of the Opener

Purchase a fishing license. Anglers between the ages of 16 and 89 must have a valid fishing license, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The DNR is encouraging purchasing licenses online. Those with questions can also call 888-665-4236.

Understand regulations. Anglers planning to take part in the fishing opener are asked to understand the 2020 Minnesota Fishing Regulations Booklet, particularly noting special regulations that apply to individual lakes, rivers and streams in the state.

During the Opener

Prevent the spread of COVID-19. To help anglers and others engaging in outdoor recreation, the DNR and the Minnesota Department of Health developed additional guidelines for what to do amid the pandemic. The departments said following these guidelines will minimize potential opportunities for transmission:

  • No overnight stays.
  • Bring all needed supplies with you.
  • Only go as far as you can travel and return on a single tank of gas or single charge for EV drivers.

Prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. Boaters are required to clean aquatic plants and debris from their watercraft, drain lake or river water and dispose of unwanted bait in the trash every time they leave the water.

Report fish kills. Anglers and those participating in fishing opener events are asked to report any fish kills they come across. Fish kill events provide information about ecosystem-level issues. More information on contacting the state duty officer can be found here.

Fishing Opener Weather and Traffic

Planning to partake in the fishing opener?

Track weather conditions via the maps below, and be sure to watch 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS for the latest weather reports.



Avoid traffic jams as a result of the busy fishing opener weekend by checking the KSTP traffic map for road conditions:


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