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Will Lake Minnetonka Have an Early Fishing Opener?

The House passed a bill Tuesday that would move the 2012 Minnesota Fishing Opener up a week. If Gov. Mark Dayton signs the bill, fishing opener on Lake Minnetonka would be May 5.

Mother’s Day and the Minnesota state fishing opener may not conflict this year, even though they are scheduled the same weekend.

If signed by Gov. Mark Dayton, the omnibus game and fish bill would set fishing opener on Lake Minnetonka for May 5. Minnesota’s 2012 fishing season is officially scheduled to start May 12.

“The fish have done most of the work that they must do to make other fish,” Rep. David Dill (D-Crane Lake) said. “The fish already are moving out (into deeper water). This is a bonus week. We have a constitutional amendment that says we have the right to hunt and fish.”

The omnibus game and fish bill, HF2171, passed by the House Tuesday, and also includes a Minnesota wolf-hunting season coinciding with the start of the deer-hunting season.

The bill awaits action by the Senate. If the Senate fails to pass the identical bill, a conference committee would be needed to work out the differences.

Wolf Hunt

The late-2011 removal of wolves from the federal Endangered Species List resulted in the transfer of management of Minnesota’s estimated population of 3,000 wolves to the state on Jan. 27, 2012.

Under the bill, up to 400 wolves could be taken during the first season, which would begin this year on the same day as the deer-hunting season.

For other provisions in the omnibus game and fish bill, visit the House of Representatives Session Daily.

-- Bob Geiger of the House of Representatives Session Daily contributed to this report.

Barb Mim April 17, 2012 at 01:36 PM
B Mim The wolf hunt!! I think the rules should be if there in an area that they are endangering people or domestic pets then you should be allowed to shot them!! Other wise there pretty much being shot so people can get there kicks!! In this day and age people don't need wolf hides etc!! Think about it!! Thanks!! B Mim
Jay Corn April 17, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Hey everybody, there is an update to this story. Read it here and keep the conversation going: http://patch.com/A-s4fd
Bigdoggs April 17, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Really disapointed if they dont pass it! I cant fish may 5 because of house hold scheduling but still would like everyone else to go!!!! The wolf tags are a back burner for me! They could remove that and wouldnt bother me. Sorry to here it will most likely die!!!!!!! Bummer!!!!
Roy Albert April 18, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Absolutely correct Dan Freeman, logic eludes those in power, they just don't get it!
Jigemup April 20, 2012 at 01:30 AM
If u were a resort owner like I am, an extra week of fishing would be great due to the lack of Ice this year and the early ice off, so anyone that says its like Christmas is not a true minnesota'n. We live and die by fisherman as due bait shops, so let's get that extra week of fun!!

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