Anglers Hit the Lakes for the Minnesota Fishing Opener

Brandon Weathers
Updated: May 11, 2019 07:12 PM

The weekend Minnesotan anglers have been looking forward to for months has arrived.

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Cory Leejoice kicked of the season at one of his favorite spots, a bridge crossing the Island Lake Reservoir, and found that fish weren't biting as much as usual.

"It's been abnormally slow for opening morning on the bridge here," Leejoice said. "Usually you can look around and there's almost always somebody fighting a fish, but it's been a little slower than normal today."

The same bridge was the third stop of the day fo Connor Pennings and Ben Anderson. They noted the same lack of action, and said it wasn't limited to Island Lake. "We fished three different lakes. Started out at Fish, didn't have any luck, then we went to the Rice Lake dam. There were a lot of people there, but no action," Pennings said.

Leejoice thinks recent cooler than average temperatures are to blame for the slow start to the season. He said, "we haven't had two days of the same weather in quite a while."

However, the weather cooperated nicely for opening day itself. "It's a gorgeous day to be out," Leejoice said. Other anglers agreed, recalling much more miserable opening weekends. Kieona Wilford said, "one year it was really cold and windy and foggy, and then the year after that, it was just crap. I stayed in the car because it was too cold."

Ben Anderson said that he was happy to be outside on a beautiful day, whether the fish were biting or not. He said, "Opener you can't really guarantee anything, so hopefully it gets better as the weeks get warmer and everything."


Brandon Weathers

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