Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
Sign in to follow this  
LMITOUT

Fishing Openers...different states, different dates

Recommended Posts

LMITOUT    29
LMITOUT

I would like someone to give me a good answer why MN has the latest opener?

SD is moving their's up one week to April 21st.

WI is the week before MN's on May 5th.

MN is May 12th.

ND - season never closes

Why so late? I think the opener is an outdated thing and don't care for it at all. It's obviously all about the mighty dollar and the only reason it exists. If they want to keep the opener, fine I'll play the game, but let's bump it up into April which would avoid the mother's day conflict as well as graduations which start to pop up around then.

Looks to me that SD just gave us an available weekend. wink.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Deitz Dittrich    4
Deitz Dittrich

LM-it is what it is!... In my opinion, MN has some of the best fishing around. Why?.. I think it may have something to do with our later season. Yes, it does have something to do with the mighty dollar, but I think that our DNR also, even though many may not think, has our good fishing at a pretty good place right now.

I know a lot will disagree with me... But I'm one who likes our seasons.. Yes, I would love to be out fishing bass or walleye right now...But will give up a few weekends to let the fish do their thing. I'll get yard work done, chase a few panfish, whatever.... I am also a big fan of the slot limmits... SO,, go ahead and flame me!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Walleye Guy    6
Walleye Guy

I would guess that NoDak is open year around because there are only 630,000 people in the entire state. Where MN has 4.5 million and Wisconsin has 5.3 million people. The strain on the resource in North Dakota pales in comparison compared to what MN and Wisconsin face.

I think that date for the openers in Wisconin & MN is more tradition then anything else.

Like Deitz, I too am for slot limits. The fishing in MN is great right now and I think alot of that has to do with slot limits, reduced limits and catch and release.

The opener also gives us something to look forward to.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
gunflint    0
gunflint

We still have a foot of ice. If you moved opener up to April we'd have to drill holes. But on the other hand! smirk.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Northlander    72
Northlander

I like it the way it is. It protects our resources. Can you imagin how easy it would be to catch fish if we could fish them pre spawn all the time, year after year.

A couple weeks I can wait. There is trout, smelt and panfish to practice on.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
traveler    1
traveler

Same here...leave it alone. We've got it pretty good...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
sdstate    0
sdstate

SD never closes for 'eyes. Just thought i would mention that.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
LMITOUT    29
LMITOUT

A limit is a limit. If we are concerned about resources then the daily limit should be reduced like other states have. Seems conflicting to me. confused.gif

I believe the "to protect our resources" bit is an old wives tale more than anything when it comes to the reason the opener exists and at which date. It's become such a boost to the economy to have a big one-weekend fling that they can't afford to do away with it.

It's back far enough so that the weather is typically decent and then the entire family can enjoy it and is willing to attend....which then means to buy a license (which most who go on the "opener" will never use again for the rest of the year), bait, food, lodging, and misc for said non-fishing family and friends. cha-ching!

If there was no "opener", every weekend of the year would just be another weekend when the real fishing folk go out and do their thing without all the fanfare. All the aunts, grampas and grammas, and other people who normally don't fish wouldn't think anything of it. Well...look at all that lost revenue! Let's create something called an "opener" where everyone get's hyped up and wants to go. cha-ching!

That's my view of it. I think that politics and government have a much heavier hand in this than the DNR and the alleged protection of these "great" resources. I suppose if you've lived with it your entire life it's just something you take year after year without much thought. smirk.gif

As you can probably tell, this time of year drives me nuts sitting on my hands and waiting.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
GlassEyeangler    0
GlassEyeangler

i'm somewhat in the middle about the 'season' issue. i see where you are coming from, and i see the other side of the issue too...walleyes spawn in the spring time. sauger usually spawns a little later than walleye's. here's what i'd like to see, and i've been saying this for a long time - the DNR has been around for 60 years (give or take a few) and the indians have been around for 1000's of years - i'd like to see our DNR pay more attention to the indian community and ask good questions of them. i'm sure we'd learn a thing or two!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
croixeyes    0
croixeyes

You guys can always go ply the mighty Miss if you need to scratch that itch.There are options for those who cant wait.If it was about money wouldnt it make more sense to have no closed season,seems to me that the state would make more money having fishing opened sooner so I dont get that part of your theory.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
hanson    1
hanson

Quote:

There are options for those who cant wait.


I agree. Lots of options- bluegills, crappies, catfish, roughfish, the river. I'll have a blast fishing for anything, and thats what its about for me. The walleyes can wait, cause there is better fishing for other species right now. smile.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
LMITOUT    29
LMITOUT

There's species other than walleye? I thought they don't count if they don't have teeth?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Scott M    3
Scott M

Fishing is pretty good in Minnesota and part of that is probably due to our conservative nature in management. Seasons, bag limits, and slots are more conservative than most states in the nation. A good deal of that has to do with our population. We rank 21/50 in population in the U.S. and have the second highest percentage of anglers behind only Alaska. We are blessed with a rich and beautiful resource and I like our conservative approach.

As has been said, there are still plenty of opportunities to fish on border waters, rivers, or for underutilized species.

I do understand Limitout's idea about the economics of opener. I worked a few openers at a tackle shop. It's a bonanza, licenses, bait, drinks, equipment, you name it. There is something about opening day, kind of like opening day for your favorite sports teams. You are more likely to open the wallet and splurge if you have been waiting for it and anticipating it.

I do also understand the weather factor. Most of my memories of opener are of crappy, windy, and rainy weather. Move it up any earlier and it will just get colder and wetter most likely. Not that weather should ever dictate the fishing opener. You are either going to go or you aren't. It takes some nasty weather to keep me off the lake on opener. Call it my duck hunter's mentality.

I didn't understand the logic about the DNR turning to the Native American community. They have their successes and failures along the way of natural resource management. Also, Minnesota has a population over 5 million, Native Americans make up about 50,000 of that, or about 1.1% of our population. Historically their population has been even smaller. I believe the DNR should work with Native Americans on treaty rights, land and waters in a cooperative spirit as they have of late been doing, but I wouldn't compare the two pound for pound. What could they really teach the DNR about fisheries management that they don't already know or won't learn through time via science? I think their culture could teach MN citizens a great deal about respecting and conserving nature and the environment, but Native Americans nor the DNR are going to make individuals change behaviors.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
slipperybob    0
slipperybob

Exact reason why I tell people, don't waste my fishing time telling me to wait for you while you go run out and get a fishing license on the opener weekend! grin.gif

I'll be on road driving far off to some not so secret place to beat the crowd! laugh.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Coach1310    1
Coach1310

We have the privilege to fish some of the best waters in the world. Not to mention, we have 1000's of spots to pick from. The seasons we are allowed are more than enough to stratch that itch. I am just thankful for all the opportunities we have. If it is so bad, either MOVE or run for State office and try to change it... or we could just open up the season for the entire year, spend a ton more $$ on fish management to make up for the increased pressure and harvest and then we could start a thread titled- TAXES...FISHING LICENSES...Why are they so high???? Be Thankful for the tens of thousands of opportunities we have in MN, not complaining about the couple we don't!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Wayne Ek    0
Wayne Ek

You people (always politically correct) are no fun. I wanted someone, anyone to flame the Deitz'ter. grin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
LMITOUT    29
LMITOUT

For those who like the protection of our resources, there sure are a lot who like to go raid the resouces of those states who's season opens earlier. Kinda odd since we have all these other species to fish for here to hold us over until MN's opener.... blush.gif

Just food for thought. smirk.gif Not trying to be a wise-acre, but rather throwing something out there for debate.

Hutchinson is on Highway 7 and can't keep count of the number of rigs that are heading west on SD's opener and that's just in the short time I'm near the highway during daily errands, etc. I'm sure it's the same heading east the first weekend in May as well.

Oh well, thought I'd get an honest, logical, answer but I don't think I've heard one yet. I guess I'll quit questioning authority and fall back into the herd and take my lumps. grin.gif

How many days left???????

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
GlassEyeangler    0
GlassEyeangler

Quote:

Fishing is pretty good in Minnesota and part of that is probably due to our conservative nature in management. Seasons, bag limits, and slots are more conservative than most states in the nation. A good deal of that has to do with our population. We rank 21/50 in population in the U.S. and have the second highest percentage of anglers behind only Alaska. We are blessed with a rich and beautiful resource and I like our conservative approach.

As has been said, there are still plenty of opportunities to fish on border waters, rivers, or for underutilized species.

I do understand Limitout's idea about the economics of opener. I worked a few openers at a tackle shop. It's a bonanza, licenses, bait, drinks, equipment, you name it. There is something about opening day, kind of like opening day for your favorite sports teams. You are more likely to open the wallet and splurge if you have been waiting for it and anticipating it.

I do also understand the weather factor. Most of my memories of opener are of crappy, windy, and rainy weather. Move it up any earlier and it will just get colder and wetter most likely. Not that weather should ever dictate the fishing opener. You are either going to go or you aren't. It takes some nasty weather to keep me off the lake on opener. Call it my duck hunter's mentality.

I didn't understand the logic about the DNR turning to the Native American community. They have their successes and failures along the way of natural resource management. Also, Minnesota has a population over 5 million, Native Americans make up about 50,000 of that, or about 1.1% of our population. Historically their population has been even smaller. I believe the DNR should work with Native Americans on treaty rights, land and waters in a cooperative spirit as they have of late been doing, but I wouldn't compare the two pound for pound. What could they really teach the DNR about fisheries management that they don't already know or won't learn through time via science? I think their culture could teach MN citizens a great deal about respecting and conserving nature and the environment, but Native Americans nor the DNR are going to make individuals change behaviors.


When I mentioned the Native Americans I was referring to your last comment of respecting and conserving our natural resources, and truly believe we can learn a lot from them. It's funny, but valid to mention this...every guide I've ever had in Canada has been Native American...and we've always caught fish. Just one example, and probably not the best one either. I can't stand politics nor science! The Native American community has to have an opinion on this issue and I'd like to hear it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
shae1986    0
shae1986

Im gonna head to ND the week before MN opener, am i misusing their resorces, no because their game and fish department believe and have studied that there will be no negitive effects coming from non res or res people fishing during the spawn.

There are other species in MN, i will be crappie fishing here shortly in MN, just like some people from North Dakota will too.

I will say that if we could fish before mid may, i would have alot of walleyes on my wall instead of the zero i have now, does that bother me, not at all, there is a reason, and thats what people have to understand.

A. Shae

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Nate McVey    0
Nate McVey

I look at this in a different way, I grew up in MI where the season always opens on May 15, it doens't matter what day of the week it falls on, that's the way it is. Many people complain when it falls midweek, many don't. I personnaly liked it when it fell midweek because it meant less people.

Awhile back I listened to some old timers talking about the 3 openers (MI, WI and MN) and the fact that they were all close together. After a lot of talk, they decided it was probably due to the fact that many people will buy licenses in all 3 states (especially the border folks). This way those people fish 3 openers and flood local economy's with much needed revenue. I know there are many places between Duluth and Bessemer, MI where some small towns are dying due to lack of tourism. If this is the rational behind the openers for the 3 states, then I applaud the DNR's for doing it this way.

I personnaly think it has to do with the fact that walleye spawn at different times in the 3 states and that is the main reason. Regardless of the resaoning I will continue to fish all 3 states and spend my money in the bars, gas stations and bait shops when I do.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
fishinpapa    0
fishinpapa

Who are you people and how much time do you devote to fishing!!! Last year I probably spent 100 hours on the water and never, never caught a limit of eye's or northerns. And I fished leach, cass, winnie, etc.,. Either you all are very good at fishing or just spend a lot more time at it. For us AVERAGE people who get out on on Memorial, Fourth and labor the fishing is not THAT GREAT nor are we the ones pulling all the fish out of the lakes!! Cmon, don't make it sound like everyone is getting limits!! If the fishing is so great, then why are the numbers declining in the state and if the number of fishermen is declining, why do we still need all these regs?? Maybe this is why pleasure boating is rising instead of fishing. Ok let me have it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Sutty    0
Sutty

When you only fish the holiday weekends of the year you are fishing when every tom ,harry, dick are fishing and riding jet ski's. You are fishing after the bait fish have hatched and the food is more plentifull thus making the fishing harder. You are fishing those weekends no matter what the weather is doing and you might be dealing with adverse front conditions. You are limiting your chances of catching fish by going out only on the holiday weekends. That doesn't mean that fish cannot be caught than or you can't catch a limit than just more difficult.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Coach1310    1
Coach1310

Fishinpapa- I too am the "average" fisherman. I don't get out near as much as I would like and I rarely catch a limit. Why are numbers of anglers declining? First off, there are fewer kids fishing/hunting. There are so many kids that spend countless hours playing video games, at some kind of sport practice or tournament. This goes on all year. Along with that, who do you think is bringing these kids to all of this stuff??? Their parents, thus taking away another group of potential anglers. In today's society there are so many things for people to do. Many work 2 jobs, and don't have a lot of free time, hence less time to fish. People are just busier and the outdoors are less important to a lot of people than before. I'm sure someone will tell me I am all wrong, but that is what I see anyway.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Scott K    28
Scott K

Everytime I go to the lakes I dont think there are less people fishing. Hell I used to fish alot of different lakes that never had other people then the locals on it, now they are full! Landings are always full. Ice fishing is redicules! You cant tell me there are less ice angelers! The dnr just wants more money, thats all. I can see that there are less kids on the lakes as for vidio games and sports, but the lakes dont look that way when Im fishing them. I think the dates for mn opener is set just right, let the fish have a few months to do there thing, a little less pressure. Let the fish forget about my favorite lure for a few months, so after opener its a supprise to them again. If I get the urge to fish before the opener, I target carp, crappies, sunnies, bull heads, sheapshead, whatever is biting. If I have to go catch walleye I can go to red wing for a weekend! MN has alot of good fishing lakes that are taking a break for a couple months, and of this time, there is alot of unsafe ice. If seasons were open in this time I think there would be a few people risking their lives for a couple fish during this time of year.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Duffman    0
Duffman

It's a misleading statement to say that the number of anglers are down in the state of MN. Percentage of the population wise, yes numbers are down. But if you go by the number of fishing licenses sold, there are actually more anglers every year, about 5000 more fishing licenses per year the last ten years in MN. So they wil sell about 50,000 more licenses this year than they did ten years ago. It all adds up, we only have a limited number of lakes, and adding 5,000 more anglers every year will have an effect on the resource. Put me down as another supporter of seasons and slot limits.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Posts

    • Meterman
      I noticed this spring that the higher end Shimano Stradic and others have eliminated the ability to back reel (no reverse) which I believe is a huge mistake, I don't like it!    any others have comments?
    • bbfenatic
      Been out chasing crappies again in the DL area..been a while...finding some nice ones in mouth of a river...pic of a couple
    • monstermoose78
      Went up north grouse hunting it was fun. I must say having a dog makes it better.  This weekend is duck opener and I am jacked up for it. 
    • SkunkedAgain
      The public launch at The Landing on the west end stays open until the ice sets in, but they do pull the dock sometimes around the end of October / beginning of November.
    • KidMoe
      Just curious if people are finding fish moving into fall patterns yet or still finding them in more summer locations?  I've been finding good sized panfish in deeper water myself around more mid lake structure. Most of the lakes I've been on are still pretty green with algae and weeds. 
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      Captain Acorn, I use Gamagatu  octopus hooks. Size 4 for crawlers and size 2 for minnows. Red, black, chartreuse, and pink , mostly red and black. I use orange and green glow soft beads at times. (Worked today!) Cliff
    • Barrington
      NOW BOOKING FOR THE 2018 ICE FISHING SEASON!!
      LIMITED SPOTS ARE AVAILABLE..   Barrington Lake camp will now be offering remote ice fishing for the very first time thanks to its unique train access. You can also come by ski-doo from the town of Savant Lake. Its a 30-45min ride. Ice fishing with us at Barrington r Camp will be one of the coolest fishing trips you ever experience! Pristine snow covered lakes in the rugged Canadian Shield. Remoteness! Where the fish are plentiful and tasty! During our ice fishing season, we use the main lodge for accommodations. The air tight wood stoves in every room keep you  toasty warm and the propane lights make it cozy and rustic. This is remote ice fishing at its best. At camp you will have a heated room, Wi-Fi, full kitchen with propane fridge and stove, a newly built heated outhouse, and electricity on demand to charge batteries and extra lights. A flat screen TV for hockey games is also available. We access numerous lakes by snowmobile, ATV and even snowshoes. We travel with portable ice huts to keep us mobile and on top of fish.  Water will be available through the lake but there will be no running water for showers. The fishing has been outstanding all summer long so why not extend it year round. Main species in the lake are walleye, northern, white fish, and some perch. There has been numerous 26"-30" walleye's caught on a weekly basis through out the summer. This camp and lake have been private up until this past summer. 90% of groups who came for the first time this year have already booked for next year. References are available.
      Limited spots available for ice-fishing. Only 2 rooms available in the winter months. You will have 1000's of acres of water at to your self.   ******4 Man Sunday to Monday Special $600/Person******
      Included in the package.. -Accommodations
      -Train tickets
      -Ice auger
      -Ice Shelter
      -Quad or Ski doo for traveling the late All you need is your equipment & Food. Our ice fishing packages are very flexible and can be customized to suit your requests. Come try one of our Northwestern Ontario winter getaways, ice fishing remote waters! The train departs either Armstrong Ontario north of Thunder Bay, or Sioux Look out Ontario 2 days a week. Its a 1.5 hour ride direct to camp from either direction. Dates can be re-arranged to suit your needs.
      Call or e-mail for more information.
      Tonnes of new reviews & references available from this year.
      Check out our website at www.barringtonlakecamp.com
      or our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Barringtonlake/ Jonathan & Lyndsey
      807-584-2202
      807-407-4202                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      807-407-3997
      You wont be disappointed!! No one has been yet!
    • Hoey
    • Captain Acorn
      I was up for a long weekend this past weekend. For us the only thing that was working leadcore with cranks 18-24fow looks of eaters but not one over 18" couldn't get the digging raps rigs or jog and minnow to go but I'm sure it's not far off caught about half of mine on cranks when I was turning and didn't seem to matter weather the pole was on the inside or outside 2.2 2.4 was our speed flicker shads and deep runner raps #5 and 7. Cliff what style and size of hook do u use for your minnow rigs? Any beads used? 
    • monstermoose78
      This weekend near grand marais on thursday and Friday the no see ems were out. A few skeets but once it cooled down the no see ems were gone. Fished a lake that known for horrible bugs and it was not bad.