The 2019 Minnesota Fishing Opener is Saturday, May 11. 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. Licenses can be purchased at any DNR license agent, online or by calling 888-665-4236.
Understand regulations. Anglers planning to take part in the fishing opener are asked to understand the 2019 Minnesota Fishing Regulations Booklet, particularly noting special regulations that apply to individual lakes, rivers and streams in the state.
Track ice-out conditions. The DNR reports the ice is out on most lakes now in central and northern Minnesota. However, the DNR reports that some waterways may not yet be ready for use during the fishing opener. Track water access here.
During the Opener
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 Events
Thursday, May 9 - Sunday, May 12: 72nd Annual Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener. This year's Governor's Fishing Opener will take place in the Albert Lea area. Information about events part of the Governor's Fishing Opener can be found here.
Saturday, May 11 - Sunday, May 12: Take a Mom Fishing Weekend. 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.
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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