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DNR Proposed Fishing Opener Date Change

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Anybody hear or read about this topic, just caught the tail end of the story on the radio. Something about moving the opener date up one week, something about it conflicts with Mothers Day???

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Seems like this is being discussed on quite a few forums:

Make fishing opening earlier, lawmaker proposes

BY DENNIS LIEN

Pioneer Press

Article Last Updated: 12/19/2007 03:33:24 PM CST

A key Minnesota lawmaker has proposed moving up the state's fishing opener a week, in part to reduce conflicts with Mother's Day.

State Sen. Satveer Chaudhary, DFL-Fridley, sent a letter this week to Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Mark Holsten and to members of an upcoming DNR roundtable. He said he plans to introduce the change during the upcoming legislative session.

"The benefits of this change include bringing the fishing opener to a date consistent with border lakes and border states, benefit resort activities, and reduce conflicts with Mother's Day,'' Chaudhary, head of the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee, said in the letter.

He also unveiled plans to set a statewide daily limit on walleyes of four, instead of six.

The DNR was not immediately available for comment.

In an interview, Chaudhary said moving up the mid-May opener a week is a proposal worthy of discussion and he welcomes the opportunity for feedback from the DNR forum in early January.

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The date of the fishing opener is based on the typical Walleye spawning time, is it not? I don't know if it will happen because of this reason, but a week longer fishing season would be nice. It would also align the inland opener with some of the border water openers. I'd say it's a win-win in most areas.

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I would think that many of the spawning areas that we are used to fishing on the opener may be closed to fishing in some years because the spawners will still be concentrated in those areas!

I am not in favor of this change.

Cliff

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I agree with ya Cliff. I can just see Pike Bay being closed alot! frown.gif I don't like it.

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Go somehwere else and fish then, lots of lakes up there, I LIKE it!

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I'm on board with River Rat. Open the season a week earlier. Lot's of water to fish on Vermillion besides Pike Bay. My Mom really misses not seeing me on Moms day!!!

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