Minnesota DNR talks late ice outs ahead of Saturday’s fishing opener

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The Wisconsin fishing season is underway and this Saturday, May 13 the Minnesota fishing season opens.

While most lakes in the state are now free of ice, late ice outs have impacted bodies of water in the northeastern region.

DNR Fisheries Section Manager Brad Parsons shared what that means for anglers.

“We really hope that most lakes will be ice free, people will be able to get to them. We do have several walleye spawning lakes in the northeast, as well as we do in other parts of the state. The fish are moving so things are active. We’re a little behind but not that far behind.”

Before departing for the opener the DNR recommends anglers double check they have proper safety equipment, such as lifejackets, and know the regulations for their area.

Head to the DNR’s website for more information on rules and regulations for 2023.