Updated: 05/10/2014 6:20 PM
Created: 05/10/2014 5:22 PM WDIO.com
By: Travis Dill
Winter melted away in time for the Minnesota fishing opener leaving many lakes free of ice, but did the warm weather mean the fishing was hot? Anglers explained the success and troubles they had on opening day.
Boats flooded the St. Louis River at Boy Scout Landing in Duluth, but nobody was reeling in any fish.
“No, I just had a few bites and that was it. I lost more tackle than fish,” Gerald Holeman said.
He said he hits the river every fishing opener, and he blamed the lingering ice for lack of a catch.
“All that ice, I think everything is still floating down river. You can still see the ice chunks and icebergs floating down, a lot of debris. I think we need some warmth and warm rains to warm up the water,” Holeman said.
He said the river was only 45 degrees, but it was a little warmer over on Island Lake.
“Weather's great this year. Finally got good, nice opening day weather. Got the first fish at about 2:30 this morning,” Eric Sarvela said.
Sarvela camps out on Island Lake with his friends every year. He said the weather is a big change from last opener when the lake was nearly iced over.
“Last year I froze my butt off. I was here, stayed Friday night, but Saturday morning I just packed up and went home. I couldn't take the cold it was just too bad,” Sarvela said.
He said his friends and the anglers near the bridge were doing alright on Saturday.
“Walleyes, we've been getting walleyes. They got a muskie over there this morning,” Sarvela said.
But it was a slow start for the opener. Everyone casting a line this weekend hoped the warmth will stick around so the fishing might heat up.
Charge Against Superior Woman in Controversial Arrest Video Dismissed
A judge has dismissed a charge against a woman seen in a video of a controversial Superior arrest. At a hearing Friday, Judge Kelly Thimm approved a motion to dismiss a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge against Natasha Lancour.
Three Attempted Murder Charges Filed Against Woman in Douglas Co. Shootout
Twenty two-year old Jessica Gehl of Lake Nebagamon was charged with three counts of attempted first degree intentional murder Friday after she allegedly pulled a gun on her mother and then opened fire on authorities Wednesday. Gehl was also charged with first-degree recklessly endangering safety.
Reinert 'Strongly Considering' Running for Duluth Mayor
When Duluth Mayor Don Ness announced earlier this month that he would not seek re-election, many people were surprised. On Friday, Sen. Roger Reinert said he is strongly considering entering the race.
Dayton, Johnson Show Fire in Final Governor Debate
Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican nominee Jeff Johnson ended their series of debates Friday much like they began, with the incumbent hailing big-picture successes and his rival saying too many things went awry over the past four years.
KSTP/SurveyUSA: Health Care, Taxes Most Important to Voters
When it comes to making choices for political candidates on Election Day, Minnesota voters say health care and taxes are the issues most important to them.