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Fishing Opener

May 6, 2018
Tim Wagner, owner of Hi-Banks Resort on Fish Lake, feels optimistic that the ice will be off the lake and his docks in the water by the time of the fishing opener. By midweek, the ice was already pulling away from the shore. (Bob King / Forum News Service)
All eyes on the ice: Rapid ice melt in recent days may save opener
May 6, 2018 - 6:00am
May 4, 2018
The roll-in dock sits on shore at the public access on Pine Mountain Lake in Backus on May 3, 2018. You can see ice still covers about half of the lake's surface. In an April 23 Minnesota DNR news release, Nancy Stewart, water recreation program consultant said, “Because of the late ice-out this year, DNR crews will have a shorter window than usual to get boat ramps and docks ready for the May 12 fishing opener, but we will have as many of them ready as possible." Photo: Denton Newman Jr. /
Will ice go out in time for fishing opener?
May 4, 2018 - 11:41am
May 2, 2018
The ice on Green Lake is gone Wednesday at Saulsbury Park in Spicer, Minn. Erica Dischino / Forum News Service
Green Lake sheds ice in time for Gov. Dayton’s fishing opener
May 2, 2018 - 5:02pm
May 12, 2017
Spottail shiner (Notropis hudsonius), Goulais Bay, Lake Superior. By Fungus Guy (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
Walleye/northern pike fishing opener: Shiners may make comeback in time for opener
May 12, 2017 - 5:00am
May 11, 2017
The reason for my exuberance was the fact that Minnesota had experienced an early ice-out and early spring that year. That meant the walleyes and northern pike would have been all through with their spawning cycle and would be awaiting fishermen to drop the bait into their collective toothy mouths. Illustration
The Last Windrow: Let's not brag about an extraordinary fishing opener
May 11, 2017 - 8:00am
April 22, 2017 Illustration
The Last Windrow: A dry line fishing opener
April 22, 2017 - 3:30am
May 18, 2016
Miss Nisswa Hannah Gatton, center, and Princess Taylor Leas prepare a cup of hot coffee to hand to an angler on Gull Lake on Saturday, May 14, as part of the annual Welcome Wannigan, sponsored by the Nisswa Chamber. Photo by Nancy Vogt
Fishing Opener: Welcome Wannigan continues tradition on Gull Lake
May 18, 2016 - 12:09pm
May 11, 2016
Marv Koep, center, often goes fishing with his granddaughter, Nichole Heinen, left, and his daughter, Shelley Bartella.PHOTO BY PETE MOHS
Fishing family: Generations of Koeps share love of angling
May 11, 2016 - 11:20am
May 14, 2015
Miss Nisswa Lizzy Thurlow hands coffee to a fisherman on Gull Lake on Saturday, May 9, from the Nisswa Chamber's Welcome Wannigan pontoon boat. Photo by Nancy Vogt
Welcome Wannigan shares treats with anglers
May 14, 2015 - 10:50am
May 11, 2015
Guest column: This story sounds fishy, but it ain't
May 11, 2015 - 3:44pm
The Last Windrow: This weekend's big event
May 11, 2015 - 3:03pm
May 7, 2015
Fishing opener looking promising
May 7, 2015 - 2:23pm
April 29, 2015
Fishing opener preview
April 29, 2015 - 1:38pm