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10 Things To Know About The Minnesota Fishing Opener, From The Minnesota DNR

On you marks, get set, fish!  The Minnesota fishing opening is finally upon us and as you get your lines out, the Minnesota DNR has 10 things you should know about the fishing opener.  From new piers and improved piers, a LakeFinder program, to a Take A Mom Fishing deal, it's all here.  You may want to make this page a favorite to refer back to.

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Will Ice Out Happen In Time For MN Fishing Opener? View These Webcams of Popular Lakes

Really the only way to know for sure if ice is going to be off the lakes is to see it up to the minute for yourself.  Temperatures have been warming up, and ice has been deteriorating, but so far, you can see ice on just about all of these webcams.  Take a look for yourself at some of Northern Minnesota's most popular fishing destinations.

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2013 Wisconsin Fishing Opener Was A Cold Icy One to Remember

Months ago me and some friends made plans to fish the Wisconsin fishing opener.   We kept the date open, got babysitters lined up, bought our licenses and eagerly waited to get back on the water.  However, it was apparent last week that we were going to have to change plans with the bizarre late spring we've had.

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Will Ice Be Off Lakes By Fishing Opener?

For the first time that I can remember, we are in actual danger of not having open lakes for fishing opener.  No one can say for sure, but we are definitely cutting it close if they do thaw out.  Local reports in the Northland have ice thickness anywhere from 2-3 feet.  That would be comparable to usually mid February thickness.

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Mn DNR Announces Water Closures Due to Late Spring Conditions

With many lakes in Minnesota still ice covered, along with some streams and rivers, the DNR has announced that there will be seasonal closures on some waters to protect certain fish spawns.

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Download Handy Fish Watch Guide From MN DNR

If you're like me, you're probably already itching for fishing season, which in Minnesota is a little more than a month away.   Today I was looking around on the DNR website and found a handy guide that you can download that helps you identify fish and where to find them.  It's pretty neat!

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Brush Up On New Laws For 2012 Fishing Opener

Every year there are new laws added to the book.  This year there is no exception.  Make sure to pick up a booklet so you have it handy for this weekend.  Also a big thing this year is the invasive species prevention push, so make sure to follow those rules as well.  The DNR will be out, so be legal! 

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MN Hunting & Fishing Licenses Go Up, Fishing Opener Stays Put

The MN Senate passed the bill approving license fees for fishing and hunting to increase for the first time in 11 years.  The bill, if signed, will increase the price for residents and non residents for fishing, small game, and big game licenses.  The bill has wide support from many outdoor organizations looking to help fund the preservation and regulating of Minnesota's great fishing and hunting.

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Do You Want MN Fishing Opener A Week Early? [POLL]

There was some talk a few weeks ago about moving up the fishing opener to May 5th because of the record warm March. Well now isn't that funny, considering up North in the Arrowhead there is at least a half of foot of snow on the ground today.

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When Is The Minnesota Fishing Opener? Perhaps A Week Early This Year

This amendment would only impact this year.  It is now in the hands of Governor Mark Dayton to sign.  Proponents of the bill say that it avoids a Mother's Day conflict with the Minnesota opener and it takes advantage of the warmer weather the state has experienced lately.  Opposition comes primarily from resort owners who say this short notice is causing them stress in preparation and meeting customers needs.

What do you think?  Do you support having the Minnesota opener moved up a week this year or do think the state should leave things as they are?

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