Minnesota Waters Fishing Opener: Walleye, Sauger and Northern Pikefishing!

May 7, 2023 | events/locations, evergreen

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Whether you’re going out at the stroke of midnight or heading out later into the day, Minnesota’s fishing opener is a can’t miss day of fishing, camping, and getting out to enjoy springtime!

Minnesota’s fishing opener on Saturday May 13th is a big deal. It’s been celebrated annually since 1948, when the first Governor’s Fishing Opener was conducted at Wahkon on Mille Lacs Lake. Every May on the Saturday two weeks before Memorial Day, half-a-million Minnesotans take to their lakes, rivers and streams to kick off the walleye, sauger and northern pike seasons.

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Fish of Minnesota Field Guide (Fish Identification Guides)


To join the fun and be in the know… access the  fishing portal and be sure to get a fishing licence! Check out this years fishing regulations here.

Rember too: Early open water is cold, and potentially deadly. While the best life jacket is the one you wear, inflatable life jackets are not the best option on cold water (including atop the ice). Cold water of less than 40 degrees can hinder the performance of self-inflating life jackets. A float coat or foam-filled life jacket is a better option for early open water fishing and boating. It’s best to save the self-inflating life jackets for warm weather. Wearing a proper fitting life jacket that is in good condition is the best way to survive an unexpected fall into cold water.


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