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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 scheduled on Minnesota waters on May 12 would move up a week.

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 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.

Slow Ride April 11, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Inaccurate! Here is the language from the proposed bill: Sec. 81. FISHING OPENER; 2012. The 2012 open season for taking fish by angling shall begin on Saturday, May 5, 2012, for the taking of species that would otherwise begin on May 12, 2012, under Minnesota Statutes, section 97C.395, and rules of the commissioner of natural resources. This would not affect the St. Croix opener because of the "that would otherwise begin on May 12, 2012" language. Please revise your article.
Slow Ride April 11, 2012 at 05:42 PM
by the way....this info provide by reference from www.hotspotoutdoors.com fishing forum....thanks guys!
Shawn Hogendorf April 11, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Thanks for the info, Slow Ride. I have revised the post to reflect your information. The MN DNR tells me the bill is vague, so they are not sure how it may impact the fishing opener on border waters. Your information seems to clear that up. I appreciate the feedback.

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