It marks the day fishing can begin for walleye, northern pike and trout in lakes. Out of the 1.4 million licensed anglers in Minnesota, about half a million will take part in the tradition of the opener, which this year falls on Saturday, May 11.
The current regulations allow one fish over 14 inches and two fish under 14 inches to be harvested. WFT would like to see that changed to a harvest limit of three fish daily between 15 and 20 inches and no fish between 20 to 24 inches. The change would also allow one of three harvested fish to be longer than 24 inches.