MN DNR: Fishing Opener is Still On

By KBJR News 1

MN DNR: Fishing Opener is Still On

May 6, 2013 Updated May 6, 2013 at 1:21 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Minnesota Department of Resources announced Monday that ice or no ice, Minnesota's walleye and northern pike fishing opener is stil on for Saturday, May 11.

The department urges anglers to check ice conditions and availability of public water accesses and roads leading to them. Good sources of information are bait shops, resorts and the Minnesota DNR area offices.

Even if the ice is out, some waters traditionally open may closed to fishing to protect the fish spawning areas. Information on season closures is available by following the seasonal closures link on the Minnesota DNR Website

Water temperatures are expected to be colder than normal and frigid water can affect the bite. It can also have dangerous and potentially fatal impacts. Anglers are urged to use extra caution and wear life vests out on the lakes. Hypothermia can occur quickly in cold water and the shock of falling into an icy river can cause cardiac arrest, even for people in good health.

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