Walleye, Here We Come!

The Minnesota DNR estimates some 500,000 hopefuls will be out on the water this Saturday
for the traditional Minnesota fishing opener.

Saturday, May 11th is the first day anglers can start hooking trout, northern pike and
walleye. For the 1.4 million licensed anglers in the state, the season for many other species like crappies and sunnies is open all year.

Here are more exciting facts and figures from the DNR…

Minnesota has 11,842 lakes, 4,500 of which are considered fishing lakes; the DNR LakeFinder provides detailed information about these lakes. There are over 16,000 miles of fishable rivers and streams in Minnesota, including 3,800 miles of trout streams. Although not every kind of fish lives everywhere, 162 species of fish can be found in Minnesota waters.

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. Fishing supports nearly 35,500 Minnesota jobs, according to Sportfishing in America, January 2013, produced by Southwick and Associates.

Anglers can buy fishing licenses at any DNR license agent, online with a mobile or desktop device at mndnr.gov/buyalicense, or by phone at 888-665-4236. Mobile buyers receive a text or email that serves as proof of a valid fish or game license.
In most cases, Minnesotans don’t need a license when fishing in a state park.

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 12, and fishing opener weekend doubles as Take a Mom Fishing Weekend. Mothers who are residents of Minnesota can fish without a license from Saturday, May 11, to Sunday, May 12. Fishing is allowed only for species that have open fishing seasons.

If you are heading out in a boat, wear a life jacket. Good luck!

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