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Fishing Opener a “Mixed Bag” With Windy Conditions

Officials with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources say fishing was quite good in places and slower in others on the opening weekend of fishing on Lake of the Woods. 

Conservation Officer Ben Huener in Roseau says violations included angling without a license, angling with an extra line, and other minor equipment and license violations. Assistance was given to a boater whose boat slid off of the trailer on the boat ramp. A cease and desist order was issued to someone dumping concrete and gravel in a wetland.

Conservation Officer Tony Hams in Warroad says anglers reported “limited success and stayed in close due to windy conditions”. Violations encountered included no throwable on board, no license in possession, and displaying expired registration.

Meanwhile, Conservation Officer Jeremy Woinarowicz in Thief River Falls says anglers were out in good numbers, but walleye success was limited. Enforcement action for the week included angling without license, angling with extra line, boating equipment violations, no helmet on juvenile ATV passenger, and operating an unregistered ATV.

Sarah Jahn in Thief River Falls worked the fishing opener and spent time working ATV and trapping enforcement. 

A friendly reminder is given to check your boat prior to going on the water to ensure you have all the required safety equipment.