ST. PAUL — Fishing seasons open for walleye, bass, lake trout and northern pike on May 15, the latest possible opener under Minnesota statute.
Minnesota statute sets the fishing opener as the Saturday two weeks prior to the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. This year, with Memorial Day on May 31, that puts the fishing opener on May 15.
Also, there is an error in the printed version of the Minnesota Fishing Regulations book regarding the dates for Take a Mom Fishing Weekend. The correct dates when Minnesota-resident moms can fish without purchasing a license are May 8-9. The event is defined in Minnesota statute as the weekend that coincides with Mother’s Day.
Most years, under Minnesota law, the fishing opener and Take a Mom Fishing Weekend fall on the same weekend, but not this year.
“We encourage Minnesota moms to get out and fish for free on May 8 and 9,” said Jon Hansen, fisheries program consultant for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “Even though the walleye season won’t be open, there are still plenty of fun and easy fishing opportunities for crappie, sunfish or even under-appreciated fish like buffalo, sucker, bullhead or sheepshead.”
Fishing season dates, and the corrected handbook, are available online at mndnr.gov/fishing.