Up North, resorts see revenues going south

  • Article by: DOUG SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 6, 2013 - 6:30 PM

Ice is likely to take a toll on the earnings of opening weekend.

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fishanhunt2May. 5, 13 9:37 AM

The Minnesota Inland Fishing Opener is a big economic shot in the arm for the Northern half of Minnesota. Resorts and small businesses did not need this setback. It has been a long winter and an almost non-existent spring. This is sad to see not only for MN. tourism and Minnesotan's personal recreation, but for our farmer friends too.

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tombusterMay. 5, 13 7:45 PM

I live 7 miles north of Brainerd on North Long Lake. As I look out the window the panfish fishermen are still out there on the ice. I seriously doubt that the ice will be out by the opener. The ice has not even recided from the shoreline yet.

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alagnakMay. 6, 13 7:23 AM

Well, if we got rid of this silly 'opener' that has no scientific reason behind it since fish spawn at different times all over the state- the revenue would be spread out over a few weeks of 'the first trip up north of the season' and not tied to the 'opener'/rookie weekend/traffic/idiots at the landings and more people could spend money and enjoy the first trip up north without everyone piling on one single weekend. Get with the times DNR. It's time to get rid of this silly 'walleye opener' and get with the times. There's quite a few more people who have a player in this game than back in the day when the 'opener' was randomly picked on the calendar.

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ebongoMay. 6, 13 2:54 PM

Ice on Bad Medicine (By Itasca State Park northwest of Park Rapids 25-miles) is 27" thick with the snow almost all gone today. I'll be on that lake with the auger next weekend fishing two holes!

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