Updated: 04/21/2014 6:13 PM
Created: 04/21/2014 5:10 PM WDIO.com
By: Laurie Stribling
Anglers across the Northland have one prayer this year.
"I'm hoping big time, everybody is," Fredenberg Minno-ette Owner Scott Youngstrom said. "We don't want a repeat of last year."
Youngstrom is one of many people hoping for an opener without ice. While he's trying to remain optimistic, there's a chance we could have another icy opener.
"The lakes aren't looking very good," Youngstrom said. "We still have up to three feet of ice on them."
Youngstrom said last year's opener was painful. The ice out took place a few days after opener.
"It was horrible," Youngstrom said. "We had hardly any business and it really hurt."
From bait shops to resorts, business owners are carefully watching the ice.
"It needs to thaw; it needs to go out," Hi Banks Resort Co-Owner Kim Wagner said. "People like to get out and fish. They like to enjoy the outdoors. When it's frozen, there's not a lot you can do."
If you're looking to cure that fishing fever before the ice out, head to some of the Northland's raging rivers.
"This weekend the fishing was above average considering the ice and snow and cold," angler Jeff Somrock said. "It was surprisingly good."
Somrock was fishing the Knife River Monday. Over the weekend, he said kids part of a mentoring program fished the river. They'll be out again this upcoming weekend.
While Somrock likes the river, he also enjoys inland lakes. When I asked him when he thought the ice would be out this year, this was his answer.
"May ninth," Somrock said.
The Minnesota fishing opener is May 10.
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