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Minnesota fishing opener by the numbers

Temperatures will vary from the 60s in north to the 70s in the southern parts of the state.

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Anglers head out on Nest Lake on May 15, 2021 in Spicer, Minn.
Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune
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The Minnesota fishing opener kicks off Saturday, May 14, with mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies across the state.

Temperatures will vary from the 60s in north to the 70s in the southern parts of the state.

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Sturgeon – dozens upon dozens of them – congregated in an obvious act of spawning, the first verified sighting in more than 100 years of lake sturgeon actively spawning in the Red River Basin.
Lake sturgeon were captured on video spawning along the Red River Basin in a Facebook post shared by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Tuesday, May 24. The agency stated the event is the first verified natural spawning to occur with the species in more than 100 years.
Olson has been part of the DNR's Marine Unit for his entire conservation officer career.
Kayaks see use in the lake country for fishing and hunting, as well as sightseeing tours.
It's not your ordinary tournament. Yes, there's a rules meeting and raffle June 4 with fishing on June 5 at Cragun's Resort on Gull Lake in Brainerd. But there's more to it, the panel explains.
Spottail shiners are the go-to baitfish for many Minnesota walleye anglers from the fishing opener through late May into early June, but supplies have been tight this spring.
In Park Rapids, the Let's Go Fishing Headwaters Chapter has been cruising now for over 10 years.
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Complicating the shortage is a Minnesota DNR requirement that minnow dealers who trap spottail shiners in waters designated as infested with zebra mussels must remove their gear by Monday, May 23.
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The action last Saturday was fair – no surprise, considering the weather – but it was good enough to keep things interesting.
My first walleye took the bait within a handful of minutes of dropping a line into Lake Winnibigoshish's 48-degree water.

Troy Becker
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The final hunt of the season with my daughter, who was the one with a tag for the first time this year, ends with a tom at 12 yards in the decoy.
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In late April, Gretchen Mehmel retired as manager of Red Lake Wildlife Management Area at Norris Camp after more than 30 years at the helm.
DNR is offering 30 licenses for the 2022 elk season in Kittson County, same as last year.