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Fishing Season Opens in MN, Expect to See DNR Conservation Officers

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Updated: May 11, 2019 08:45 PM

Near Duluth, Minn. - The Minnesota Inland Fishing Season is officially underway, having opened at 12:01 a.m. Saturday. Anglers across the state are hoping to make some memories with family and friends and catch some walleyes and northerns too.

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DNR Conservation Officers are out state-wide. WDIO went along on Saturday for a few hours with CO's Kipp Duncan and Andy Schmidt as they patrolled Fish Lake near Duluth.

It seemed like the fish wanted to stay in that lake, as most anglers that were approached hadn't had many bites. But some had luck. For the officers, they like to see success, but they also want anglers to stay safe and stick to the rules.

"Our main focus is just checking anglers and regulatory checks and fishing licenses, but also safety equipment and life jackets and throw able life jackets. We did run into a few things this morning - extra lines, registration issues on boats and we actually had a couple of life jacket issues this morning too," says Schmidt.

For those fishing, Duncan says this what can be expected when a CO approaches your boat.

"We will identify ourselves and we will let you know that we are going to pull up and touch your boats and check angling licenses and safety equipment and sometimes, we will ask you to move your fishing pole and move it to the other side of the boat or maybe we will need you to reel in. It is a quick check and it shouldn't take very long, but it is a regulated check."

Duncan also reminds anglers to have 16 to 89 and over need to have the 2019 Fishing Licenses. He also reminds anglers to have and wear life jackets as water temps are cold, be careful with lines and hooks, and that no lake water should leave the lake.

"If you take your boat out of the water, it needs to be dry and the live well needs to be emptied. No water leaves the lake and the drain plug is out. If you bring water onto the lake, you can't bring it off of the lake"

Fishing might make for a nice Mother's Day activity. According to the DNR, any mother who is a resident of Minnesota may take fish by angling without a license during the Saturday and Sunday of the angling season that coincides with Mother's Day. It is "Take a Mom Fishing Weekend."

To visit the Minnesota DNR Website, click here.

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