May 9 will be here before we know it so now is as good a time as any to predict how the conditions will be for the Minnesota fishing opener.

According to the Minnesota DNR, barring storms, favorable conditions should be on tap for anglers when fishing begins for walleye and northern pike with this year’s season following a slightly earlier-than-normal ice out.

Walleye and northern pike spawning will have been on-track before opener, and anglers have a wide variety of choices this year while planning fishing opener trips.

If you're planning trips or have more questions about the fishing season feel free to visit the link below to get updated information on:

  • New or special regulations
  • Regional fishing outlooks
  • Public water access maps
  • Area fisheries phone numbers

Keep in mind that water levels on many lakes are still below normal following recent drought conditions, so calling a local DNR office is always a great way to play it safe before you head out.