Minn. fishing opener brings sunshine, not a lot of fish

By KBJR News 1

May 10, 2014 Updated May 10, 2014 at 6:42 PM CDT

Gary New Duluth, Minn. (NNCNOW.com) -- The recently renovated Boy Scout Boat landing in Gary New Duluth, which had to undergo extensive repairs following the June floods of 2012, was filled once again with boat trailers and people eager to catch a fish Saturday morning.

"We are looking for walleyes, um, but we are open to anything. Anytime you catch a fish it's a good day," said Andrew Fraley, who is fishing with friends and family this weekend.

Before heading out in pursuit of the big catch, many made a stop at the bait shop to gather some supplies and a fishing license.

"Actually, we sold about 30 or 40 just this morning, so a pretty good rush for opening day of fishing," said Hayden Dunbar, a cashier at the The Gary Live Bait and Tackle shop.

People were getting their minnows and crawlers, but for Fraley, the fish were not taking the bait.

"It's been a tough bite, I think a lot of it has to do with the water clarity, but yeah it's been slow," said Fraley.

"It's very muddy and full of debris, you are cleaning your hooks off every five minutes at least and it's really hard to sit down and work a spot when all you're doing is cleaning the junk off your hooks," said Rodger Schomacker.

However, one fisherman who was fishing along the shore had a technique.

"We have a feeder creek coming out here which supplies food, you know worms and small animals are flowing out of the creek, and the clear line right here where the fish can sit on the opposite side and wait for the bait like a buffet to pass them. So this is a good interception spot where you can catch them going either way," said Barry Powell.

Travel and tourism generates about 12 billion dollars every year in leisure and hospitality in Minnesota, and fishing is one of the largest sectors of tourism.

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