Fishing Opener 2012

Wow – already fishing opener weekend!  Last year was a rare year as Mother’s Day did not fall on fishing opener but this year it does once again.  Maybe it is really a gift having all the men out on the lake leaving the women alone???  Some women hate it some love it but it is what it is.

About 500,000 anglers will head out on the lakes this weekend to try and catch the ultimate fish.  This is really nicknamed the Walleye opener but it is the first day where walleye, northern pike, and sauger are legally fished for this year.

A big issue this year will be the spreading of invasive species.  Minnesota is really cracking down on boater and will be issuing more tickets than normal to people not following the rules.  Starting July 1, fines will be doubled – a serious matter!  We need to save our lakes and if people aren’t following the rules our lakes will slowly be ruined.

I thought I would share a few interesting facts about fishing in Minnesota:
– 1.4 million licensed anglers
– 2 million people fish
– Men account for 69 percent of resident anglers. Woman account for 31 percent
– Minnesota ranks fourth among states with the highest number of anglers – the top three states are Florida, Texas and California. Wisconsin is fifth
– Fishing creates Minnesota 43,812 jobs
– Most resident anglers – 755,000 of them in fact – are from the seven-county metropolitan area. The remaining 388,000 resident anglers live outside the Twin Cities
– Most sought-after fish species (in order): walleye, bluegill, northern pike, crappie, bass
– The average Minnesota angler spends 20 days fishing each year, with 86 percent of resident anglers never fishing anywhere else but Minnesota

With all that said, have a safe and successful fishing opener and a Happy Mother’s Day!

About wendycarson

If you're a buyer or seller, relocating from out of state or in town, an investor in a short sale or foreclosure situation, townhome or single family, acreage or development, new construction or existing, I'm here to serve your real estate needs! My main areas of business are residential real estate in the Twin Cities 13 County Metro Area and Western Wisconsin. I sell all types of residential real estate, from first time homes through executive properties, and specialize in relocation services working with various companies, organizations and universities throughout the Twin Cities. Because I pride myself on providing over-the-top customer service, the majority of my business comes from referrals. My educational background includes a BA in Communications from Central College, Pella, IA, and a Masters in Business Communication from the University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, MN.
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