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Fishing Opener

May 11, 2018
Conservation officer Demo Regas cites Leonard Thompson, right, and Joseph Rousu after they placed a fishing net in Lake Bemidji on Friday, May 11. The 1855 Treaty Authority organized a “Fish Off” for American Indian anglers to assert treaty rights and highlight tribal opposition to Enbridge’s Line 3 abandonment plans and new route project. Jillian Gandsey / Forum News Service
Activists fish ahead of opener in statement on treaty rights, pipeline
May 11, 2018 - 7:13pm
May 6, 2018
Tim Wagner, owner of Hi-Banks Resort on Fish Lake, feels optimistic that the ice will be off the lake and his docks in the water by the time of the fishing opener. By midweek, the ice was already pulling away from the shore. (Bob King / Forum News Service)
All eyes on the ice: Rapid ice melt in recent days may save opener
May 6, 2018 - 6:00am
May 4, 2018
Kelly Morrell to guide Governor on Green Lake for Fishing Opener
May 4, 2018 - 9:23am
May 14, 2017
Fishing: Area opener a ray of sunshine
May 14, 2017 - 10:18pm
May 6, 2017
Briana Sanchez / Tribune 

Anglers are looking forward to a good opener May 13 in west central Minnesota. These fishermen worked the waters of Green Lake for panfish on Tuesday, May 2.
'Weird' spring could set stage for big fishing opener
May 6, 2017 - 11:07am
May 12, 2016
Al Skaar, left, of Alexandria and Dick Dyke were all smiles with a stringer of walleyes they caught on Lake Chippewa near Brandon during the Minnesota opener in 1975. (COURTESY PHOTO)
As opener nears, a look back at how fishing has changed over time
May 12, 2016 - 8:22am
May 10, 2015
Walleye were hard to find opening morning, but Mark Lindstrand and two friends had seven 24- to 28-inch northerns by 9 a.m. Saturday, fishing from the Ringo Lake shore. Lindstrand has opened in the same spot north of Willmar with family and friends for 15 years. (TRIBUNE/Rand Middleton)
Perfect stage for walleye opener, but star actor reluctant
May 10, 2015 - 11:12pm
May 9, 2014
Chuck Eggert, right, a kids fishing event volunteer with the state MinnAqua education program, shows fourth-grader Bennet Capelle, of Nisswa, how to cast Friday on the beach at Grand View Lodge. The event was part of the Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener activities centered around Grand View and Nisswa. (Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls )
DNR crew in a sprint after ice-out this year to prepare public accesses for fishing opener
May 9, 2014 - 10:57pm
Governor looks for fishing luck
May 9, 2014 - 10:55pm
May 11, 2013
Whitecaps foil walleye opener
May 11, 2013 - 4:54pm
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple prepare to fish Saturday morning on Fish Hook River in Park Rapids. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)
MN and ND governors launch on Fish Hook River Saturday morning
May 11, 2013 - 3:04pm
Gov. Mark Dayton poses for a quick snapshot with Micheal White, 8, of Park Rapids Friday afternoon. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)
Gov. Dayton catches first walleye at 12:25 a.m.
May 11, 2013 - 9:26am
May 10, 2013
Gov. Dayton heads to Park Rapids for fishing opener
May 10, 2013 - 7:02am
May 9, 2013
Sabah Mustafa, left, and her husband, J, get bait and fishing supplies ready Thursday at J’s Bait and Sport in Willmar, ahead of this weekend’s fishing opener. Tribune photo by Ron Adams
West central Minnesota could be a hot spot for fishing opener
May 9, 2013 - 9:17pm
January 2, 2013
Editorial cartoon by West Central Tribune
Cartoon opinions of Minnesota in 2012
January 2, 2013 - 7:31am