Take Your Mom Fishing this Weekend, but Not for Walleye
Detroit Lakes, MN — This coming weekend is Mother’s Day weekend and most year’s that means it would also be the walleye opener for the state of Minnesota. This year, that’s not the case and anglers will have to wait another weekend to cast a line for walleye, bass, and northern pike. Detroit Lakes DNR Fisheries Supervisor Nathan Olson says they were hoping a late start to the season would mean a more active bite, but if the weather remains cool it will likely be similar to most years.
Another Mother’s Day weekend tradition is Take a Mom Fishing Weekend, which allows Minnesota resident moms to fish without a license. Although the walleye season won’t be open, there are still great opportunities to fish for panfish such as bluegill or crappie. Olson says panfish should soon begin setting up in their shallow bays.
Anglers looking for local information before the Saturday, May 15, fishing opener for walleye, bass, northern pike and trout in lakes can gain local knowledge from regional fishing reports by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The regional fishing reports include details about waters throughout each region, and can be found on the DNR website at mndnr.gov/fishing by clicking on “Fishing outlooks by region.