It’s the Minnesota fishing opener

May 12, 2016 12:36 pm0 commentsViews: 59

Expect Congestion at Boat Landings & Docks During Minnesota’s Fishing Opener

It’s just like the first day with a smattering of snow flurries…you would think Minnesotans would know how to drive in a little snow. So too you would thinks they would know how to get their boats into the water without a lot of hassles…  Well maybe with just a few.

Those are the times, starting Saturday before dawn, when ramps are busy, boaters are rusty, and anxiety levels are high. Your fellow boaters are counting on you to demonstrate skill and courtesy.

“The opener is the first mad rush of the year,” said Chris Vinton, a state Department of Natural Resources conservation officer stationed in Perham.

Vinton and other DNR conservation officers have seen it all. There is the guy who can’t back up without jackknifing. Someone will forget to untie the transom straps and the trailer will rise up in the water. A driver will back too far into the water and the tailpipe or vehicle will flood. Someone else won’t back in far enough, and drop their boat on the ramp when they pull away. The boat plug is forgotten and the boat is sinking.

“You can have a good day just sitting down there, watching it all,” said Frankie Dusenka, owner of Frankie’s Live Bait and Marine in Chisago City.

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The Weather is always a challenge on the opener, which this year is the weekend after Mother’s day. But it looks like we may be wishing for some of the “hot water” we got when we went fishing instead of delivery those posies to good old ma.


So where is the Governor going fishing this year? (Hey, Mark actually knows how to fish!)

ST. PAUL–McGregor resident and angler Bob Staska will host Gov. Mark Dayton at the 2016 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener on Big Sandy Lake near McGregor on Saturday.

Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, who also is participating, will  be hosted by another McGregor resident — Glenn Lane — who has been fishing Big Sandy Lake with his wife Barbara since 1974. They have spent almost every weekend and vacation day there since buying a vacation home on the lake in 1992. In 2010, they moved permanently into the retirement home they built there.

The Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener has been a tradition in Minnesota since 1948, with fishing is a key part of one of the largest sectors of the state’s economy — tourism.



So what can we expect in terms of the actual fishing?

The stars are aligning for what might be an excellent Minnesota fishing opener come Saturday.

Among those stars: a somewhat later fishing opener by the calendar. A timely walleye spawning run. And decent weather over the past week, which will boost water temperatures.

Granted, it all comes down to weather on opening day. But if you’re an angler, you’re optimistic by nature.See more…


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