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Anglers Ready to Launch for Minn. Opener

Updated: 05/08/2014 10:36 PM
Created: 05/08/2014 9:52 PM WDIO.com
By: Maarja Anderson

Many Northland fishermen are eyeing up the St. Louis River for this Minnesota opener.

Last week, Wisconsin anglers were forced to head south to find open water. But thanks to the rain this week, many anglers with a Minnesota license will stick around the Northland.

Fisherman say most lakes are fairly clear of ice, but the water is still cold, so the St. Louis River will be a big draw.

"A lot of guys are going out in boats, the St. Louis is going to be a real big destination," said Scott Vanvalkenburg, owner of The Fisherman's Corner in Duluth.

Just in time for opener, the Minnesota DNR said a popular launch on the river will be open again: Boy Scout Landing.

The 2012 flood devastated the launch, but now business owners in Gary New Dululth are happy to see it open again.

Jim Shelton, owner of Shelton Milk House, said it has been closed for more than a year. Boats at Boy Scout Landing mean business for his gas station.

"The first 19 years, opening weekend was our best weekend ever. This past year it was the worst weekend ever in 20 years," Shelton explained.

Saturday, boats will likely crowd the river, but before they hit the water, Fisherman's Corner was busy with anglers getting what they need to land a big one.

"We're picking up a flat of worms, just getting ready for opener Saturday," explained Kelly O'Toole.

Owner Vanvalkenburg said the lakes are looking great for anglers.

Earlier in the week, his crew was a bit nervous with ice still on most of the lakes, but Mother Nature pulled through, and now fishing business is ramping up once again. 

"It should be a really good opener, I think people are getting fired up," he said.

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