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.
Keetac Expansion Off the Table
U.S. Steel has confirmed they are no longer pursuing an expansion at Keewatin Taconite. It was first announced in 2008.
Last Defendant Sentenced in 'Last Place' Case
Joseph Gellerman has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for his role in the sale of synthetic drugs at the former Last Place on Earth store in downtown Duluth. Gellerman is the son of store owner Jim Carlson, who is appealing after receiving a 17-year sentence.
Wilf: 'We Made a Mistake' on Peterson Decision
Vikings owner Zygi Wilf says the team "made a mistake" by bringing back Adrian Peterson following his indictment on a felony child-abuse charge in Texas. In a reversal announced early Wednesday, Peterson will not play this Sunday.
Wisconsin, Michigan Among 4 States to Cut Food Stamps
Wisconsin and Michigan are among four states nationwide that is enacting cuts to the food stamp program.
Police: Duluth Man Admitted to Killing Mother
A 37-year-old man called police early Tuesday morning and told dispatchers to send officers to a Lincoln Park residence. The man allegedly met officers at the door and told them they should arrest him because he just killed his mother.