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Anglers Celebrate Minnesota Fishing Opener Despite Cold Temps

Created: May 09, 2020 07:00 PM

Offering on and off-shore fishing opportunities, Island Lake was a popular stop for Saturday's Minnesota fishing opener. It's one of many fishing holes in the Duluth and St. Louis River area where walleyes, bass, pike and other species can be reeled in.

While the skies were overcast, spirits of thousands of anglers were high as they hit the waters. 

"Once you're outside and get some fresh air-- there's no better place to be than out on the water or in the woods as far as I'm concerned. I think that's why so many people bought licenses and got out," said Minnesota native Larry Erickson at Island Lake. 

License sales are up 40 percent from last season, according to the DNR. One factor in the rise is that fishing is an approved outdoor activity during the coronavirus.

Anglers are being asked to fish closer to home to help slow the spread of the disease. Those looking for spots near home can use an app on the Minnesota DNR website called LakeFinder.

"It has almost 5,000 different lakes in the state where it tells you everything from what kind of fish are in there, whether they've been stocked, if there's any special regulations, and if there's any invasive species in there. This is really an opportunity to possibly find a new favorite lake," said Rodmen Smith, the Minnesota DNR Enforcement Director.

Additionally, this week marks Take a Mom Fishing Weekend, where Minnesota mother's are allowed to cast off without a license for Mother's Day

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