Minnesota Fishing Opener

Updated: 05/15/2013 11:58 PM
Created: 05/15/2013 11:55 PM
By: Eyewitness Sports

For some, the Minnesota Fishing Opener was a 'nopener' as frozen lakes in Northern Minnesota kept some anglers away.

Pokegama Lake in Grand Rapids was among many that was more frozen than open. Mark Colter of Grand Rapids just bought a new boat, but that stayed in the garage.

"Lots of ice. Open spots around the shore a little bit here and there, but for the most part, everything is pretty well froze up," says Colter.

Finding opportunities to cast a line required a little extra work and even extra travel. One of the most popular spots was the St. Louis River in Duluth.

"Given the ice conditions all over the state, I saw people here from Bemidji and Grand Rapids. They were coming from all over the place to fish here," said Mike Maruca Sr., an angler from Duluth.

The Maruca's had some luck.

"It was a combination between my dad and I. We caught a couple of walleye, suckers and had a couple of fish that got off. Just a jig and a minnow and we happened to be in the right place at the right time," said Mike Maruca Jr., also from Duluth.

Overall, the Maruca's have had better openers.

"We usually max out and catch more fish and release them. This is very 'not typical' (for us)," said Maruca Jr. "Typical openers down here, you'll catch 20-50 fish," said Maruca Sr.

For those who braved the elements, which included wind and cold temperatures, they have quite a 'fish story' to tell.

"We just look forward to it all year and just coming out here no matter what the weather is, it is just a blast," said Maruca Jr.

"It is opening weekend, you can't miss it," said Maruca Sr.

For current ice conditions, click here to visit the Minnesota DNR's website.

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