The Minnesota DNR is asking anglers to practice "resource recycling" this fishing season. DNR Central Minnesota Fisheries Manager Brad Parsons says "resource recycling" means handling catch-and-release fish with care.
It should be a busy weekend at resorts and boat landings this weekend for Minnesota's fishing opener. DNR Central Region Fisheries Manager Brad Parsons with the early ice out this spring, and warmer weather on tap more people are expected to fish the opener
When Minnesota's fishing opener arrives Saturday, as many as 500,000 anglers are expected to wet a line. It represents about a third of all the licensed anglers in the state and also means big business.
My friend, Charlie Simkins and I, have been making an annual trek to Island View Lodge on Rainy Lake with a group of anglers for a number of years. Although Rainy is noted as a quality northern fishery, by the time we get there in mid July, the northern are out of the bays and on the reefs where the walleye are located.
As anglers hit Minnesota's lakes Saturday in the season opener, many will be trying for a tasty walleye. But the state fish wouldn't be in most lakes without a lot of Department of Natural Resources spending to put it there.