For the first time in recent memory ice will play a factor for most anglers in the Minnesota fishing opener, including Governor Dayton. Most northwest Minnesota and Northeast Minnesota lakes still have ice, which is something locals have not seen in decades.
Dennis Macadenz is in charge of planning Governor Dayton’s fishing opener in Park Rapids. He has said that instead of fishing on Fish Hook Lake, which still has some ice, they have gone to “Plan B” and will be fishing on Fish Hook River. Although the ice is breaking up on many of the smaller lakes due to the warm temperatures, they are still not safe to fish. This will be the latest ice out ever recorded on Fish Hook Lake since the DNR recording started in 1983. Some locals haven’t seen ice on the lake for a Minnesota fishing opener in 60 years.
Guiding Governor Dayton on Saturday will be Jason Durham who thinks he will be able to get Dayton on to some open water on Fish Hook Lake. But the pair will be spending the majority of time on Fish Hook River . Durham says the river should have a good walleye bite as the current is strong due to the late spring.
But the late ice out will not effect other plans for the event which will attract hundreds of visitors to Park Rapids for the Minnesota fishing opener festivities. For more information on ice out conditions on your favorite lake click here.