Mom or fish?An earlier fishing opener this year? It’s possible. A legislative proposal passed in the Minnesota House on Tuesday would move Minnesota’s fishing opener from May 12 to May 5 this year.
An earlier fishing opener this year?
A legislative proposal passed in the Minnesota House on Tuesday would move Minnesota’s fishing opener from May 12 to May 5 this year.
The proposal is touted by legislators as a way to minimize conflicts between Mother’s Day, May 13 this year, and the opening weekend of fishing.
The change would apply only to this year.
Two northeastern Minnesota lawmakers, Senators Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, and David Dill, DFL-Crane Lake, suggested advancing the opener a week.
“In what is shaping up to be a do-nothing legislative session, today we are offering a proposal that we hope will give citizens of Minnesota something to feel good about,” the two said in a joint statement.
They call the suggestion the “mom’s amendment.”
The proposal is getting mixed reviews around the state. Some resort owners say it will create problems for them because their guests plan opening weekend stays well in advance. They’re also concerned whether they’d be able to have cabins cleaned and ready a week earlier.
The last time the Minnesota fishing opener was changed was in 1989, when the Legislature moved it to its current schedule, which is always two weeks before the Memorial Day weekend.
Before that, it was the Saturday nearest May 15, which was sometimes just a week before Memorial Day weekend. The change guaranteed that the resort industry would always have three fishing weekends in May.
The Echo Press has a reporter at the Capitol and will continue to follow this story.