Put it on your calendar – May 14, 2011 is fishing opener in Minnesota seriously one of our most important weekends of the year!
Minnesotans love the water. We claim to have 10,000 lakes but the actual total of lakes and bodies of water over 10 acres in size is 11,842 according to the MN DNR. Our Lake Superior, one of the 5 Great Lakes is the largest fresh water body of water in the world!
We use our bodies of water year-round. Now that the ice has melted we are getting out our boats and heading out on the water for fishing, inner-tubing, water skiing, swimming, canoeing and just plain fun and relaxation. 1 in every 6 Minnesotans owns a boat which makes our state the largest per capita ownership of boats for recreational purposes in the United States.
Fishing is huge in Minnesota – it is estimated that roughly 1 in 5 adults in the state goes fishing every year which puts our state at number one in the nation for fishing, with a total of some 2.3 residents and visitors fishing here each year! It is quite amazing since it sometimes seems that we only have a few months where the waters are not frozen!
Starting this weekend folks will be making the trek up north to their cabins, lake homes and resorts – experiencing traffic jams, road construction and detours all of which add into the experience of heading up to the lake. Even if you don’t own a cabin or lake home chances are that at least one of your friends or relatives do and you will find yourself heading to their place a few times this summer. If you are not lucky enough to have connections up north, there are plenty of great resorts featuring basic to luxury accommodations or you can go camping in the north woods. Check out the famed Boundary Waters area for hiking, camping and canoeing!
In the wintertime we are out on the waterways as well – we go ice skating, play hockey and then there is ice fishing. This used to be a sport for the diehards but now we have fish houses on the lakes that have as much to offer as your own home. In the winter the lakes turn into temporary small cities. We drive our vehicles out there on ice roads and set up our ice houses complete with heat, tv, food and more – really something you have to see to believe. You may remember the film Grumpy Old Men which was filmed in Minnesota. The ice fishing scenes in the movie were real.
Back to the warmer thoughts – time to check your gear and get your 2011 fishing license so you can go out and catch the big one!