UNDATED -- A Minnesota tradition continues Saturday morning when an estimated 500,000 anglers take to lakes and rivers for the fishing opener.

Fisheries Chief Don Pereira says it's a special time of year.  He says "A big part of it is the tradition of it.  After a long Minnesota winter, spring is finally here, we've got the boat out and it's such a deeply rooted part of Minnesota culture.  I mean we have over 5,000 lakes that are accessible for fishing, we have 15,000 miles of streams available for fishing...it's just central to what Minnesota is about."

If you're looking for information about the opener, including regulations, you can visit the DNR's new Fish Minnesota website.