Fishing Opener May Not Move Up After All

Monday, April 16th, 2012 at 10:52 am

The idea to let Minnesota’s fishermen hit the lakes a week earlier for the annual walleye opener seems to be losing support at the Minnesota State Capitol.

The Associated Press reports that several key Minnesota senators involved in outdoors issues have suddenly given the idea a thumbs-down Monday. There was no actual vote, but one could come as soon as Tuesday in the full Senate. Several senators who expressed openness to the speed-up a week ago are now on record against it.

Minnesota’s opener is set for May 12. The current proposal would shift it to May 5, partly to keep it from conflicting with Mother’s Day weekend.

Resort owners think the change would come too late for them to accommodate guests. Others expressed concern that it would pose long-term risks to the fishery.

The House backed the change, but it would be a week or more before a law change could occur.

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