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KIMT NEWS 3 -- It is hard to believe that we went from snow one week to fishing opener weekend in Minnesota the next, but yes, many anglers in Minnesota will be out trying to catch the big one.
It has been a weird year for weather in our area. It is almost fishing season opener in Minnesota and there are some unusual issues taking place.
"Minneapolis and further north there are a lot of lakes that are still frozen, can't get out in. The southern part of the state, I think we have enough water in most lakes," said Kavin Dressen, Vice President of the Fountain Lake Sportsmen's Club.
While the lakes may not be frozen in our area, they are still very cold.
Dressen said the cold water has altered things a bit, but they are still looking good.
"I think the spawn is probably a little bit later this year than it was, of course last year was a completely different year and this year is different also, but I think the walleyes have probably spawned by now," Dressen said.
The odd May weather has left tree debris in yards and roads, but it is also affecting the jobs of area safety officials.
"We're struggling to get docks and lifts in the water; we're struggling to get boats in the water. There's also a lot of debris in the water this year, trees down and stuff from the heavy snow, so it's really been an unfortunately slow start to the season," said Matt Levorson, a Water Patrol Deputy for the Freeborn County Sheriff's Office.
Anglers like Dressen will be hitting the lakes this weekend for opener and the Minnesota DNR and officials like Levorson want to remind you to be safe.
"It's a good idea to have that life jacket on or readily accessible because that water's so cold you naturally inhale as you enter the water and if you're under water and you happen to gasp for air, you could end up getting water in your lungs and we could have a drowning situation on our hands," Levorson said.
He said with people itching to get outside and the sheer excitement of the upcoming opener, it is a good idea to make a checklist.
"People always have a tendency to get things going and they forget a few things when they go out there. They forget they need their life jackets or their throw cushions or they forget their fire extinguisher," Levorson said.
Needless to say, those like Dressen will be checking their list because they are ready to hit the lakes.
"We've got plenty of water in the lakes and I think the fish have spawned, so I think this should be a good fishing opener," Dressen said.
Levorson said they will be out making sure people have the required equipment such as life jackets. He reminds us that you must have one for every person and any child ten or under must be wearing a life jacket if the boat is in motion.
Dressen said the weird weather has thrown them off a little at the Sportsmen's Club, but he said they have still been staying busy.
If you are interested to learn more about the Sportsmen's Club visit their website.
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