Fishing opener logbook: Bait shops should have good supplies of everything but minnows per opener – Grand Forks Herald


DULUTH — It seems like every year there’s talk of a bait shortage in the days leading up to the Minnesota fishery opening, and this year, with such late ice, is no exception. Lake chub can be rare because even where the ice is gone, the water is too cold for minnows to spawn near the shore, where bait traders trap them. Most other bait should be delivered to bait shops in time for opening, said Wednesday Phil Koep, owner of Urbank Bait in Clitherall, Minn., one of the largest wholesale bait dealers in the world. ‘State.

“Our little lakes (where the minnows are trapped) just lost their ice last week, and the bigger lakes here are disappearing now, so it’s going to be a rush for us,” Koep said. “But we should have most of the bait shops in good shape by the time they open.”
– Duluth Newsstand

Search for last minute accommodation

BAUDETTE, Minn. – Are you about to venture to Lake of the Woods for the opening of fishing? Despite the popularity of Minnesota’s annual spring tradition, anglers who take the wait-and-see approach should have no trouble finding last-minute accommodations, said Joe Henry, executive director of Lake of the Woods Tourism.

Rooms and cabins are available, he said.

“We have people coming for the opener, but I don’t think that’s what people would think,” Henry said. “For some people it’s cold, it’s still spring fishing in many ways, which will keep some people off the water and they won’t go on the big water because of it.”

Anglers looking for last minute accommodation can check the accommodation availability locator on the Lake of the Woods Tourism website at


It’s as simple as entering the dates you want to fish, what part of the lake you want to fish – such as the South Shore, Rainy River or Northwest Angle – and then pressing “Enter”. The message is then sent to all the different accommodation establishments in the geographical area you have selected.

“So you don’t have to dial for dollars,” Henry said. “You can just wait for emails: ‘Hey, we have an open booth; hey, we have an open room’ – and it’s just a nice tool.

–Brad Dokken

ST. PAUL – The most up-to-date information will come from local bait shops, lodges or lake residents, but a statewide list of lake ice conditions is available at

. Most lakes north of Minnesota Highway 200 remained ice-covered last week. Bronson Lake in Kittson County was the first lake in northern Minnesota to lose its ice, being declared ice-free on Wednesday, May 4.
– Duluth Newsstand

DULUTH – Even if your lake loses its ice by May 14, crews are unlikely to have had time to install docks on many lakes. Bring waders or wellies to help launch the boat. Meanwhile, a winter of heavier snowfall and recent spring rains have helped push up water levels, especially along the Minnesota-Ontario border.
– Duluth Newsstand

ST. PAUL – Learn about the different license options and buy your Minnesota fishing license online at

, or purchase a license over the phone at (888) 665-4236 or at many sporting goods stores statewide. The basic adult resident fishing license for one year is $25; $51 for non-residents.
– Duluth Newsstand

ST. PAUL – Get information on specific lakes including regulations, fish species, stocking reports, boat landing locations and lake maps at

. You can search by lake name, on a map, or find lakes near you.
– Duluth Newsstand

ST. PAUL – Anglers looking for local information ahead of the Saturday, May 14, opening of fishing for walleye, bass, northern pike and trout in the lakes, can gain local knowledge by consulting MNR regional fishing reports. Regional fishing reports include details of each region’s waters and can be viewed at

– Herald staff report

ST. PAUL – So you want to go fishing on the Minnesota opening but you don’t have a boat? No problem – the DNR has two instructional videos on how to catch fish from shore. The videos can be found on the DNR website under ‘Fishing’, then scroll down to ‘Methods’ (


Shore Fishing 101

covers the general basics of shore fishing and

Fishing on foot 102

focuses on river fishing from the shore. For fishing grounds statewide, the DNR has a

map of fishing piers and shore fishing spots

– Herald staff report

ST. PAUL – The DNR is offering a hands-on webinar on fishing lures at noon on Wednesday, May 11, as part of its Outdoor Skills Webinar Series. During the webinar, MNR staff members will share some of their top picks for fishing lures and how to use them. Webinars are free, but registration is required. More information, including registration information for webinars each Wednesday through May 25, is available at

– Herald staff report

Fishing regulations translations

ST. PAUL — The DNR has translated Minnesota’s 2022 fishing regulations into Hmong, Karen, Somali and Spanish. This is the second year people have had access to Minnesota fishing regulations in these four languages. The DNR has translated the rulebooks into the four most commonly spoken languages, with the exception of English, in Minnesota. The translated booklets are available digitally at

and in print where they are likely to be in demand, including select MNR offices, license vendors, and select Minnesota state parks.

People can request to have a free copy of the English, Hmong, Karen, Somali, or Spanish rulebooks mailed to them by calling the DNR Information Center at (651) 296-6157, (888) 646 -6367 or by emailing [email protected]
– Herald staff report


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