Open water? Not even close with the Minnesota fishing opener just 4 weeks away

Green Lake in Spicer still has 2 feet of ice on it.
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It doesn't happen often, but you might need an ice auger when you hit the lakes for Minnesota's fishing opener on May 12. 

Exactly zero lakes in the state have had an ice-out, and there might not be for weeks to come thanks to the historic weekend blizzard that pounded the southern half of Minnesota and more cold and snow in the forecast. 


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According to the State Climatology Office, via the Duluth News Tribune, there has been ice on lakes for Minnesota fishing openers just seven times in the last 70 years: 1950, 1966, 1979, 1996, 2008, 2013 and 2014. 

The Governor's Fishing Opener is scheduled to be celebrated on Green Lake in Spicer, Minnesota, where there is still a whopping 24 inches of ice, according to the Willmar Lakes Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. 

Organizers for the Governor's Fishing Opener told the West Central Tribune that the latest ice-out on Green Lake is May 8, so they'd have to break the record for it to be a problem this year. 

There might be some good news in the near future, with MPR meteorologist Paul Huttner saying computer models are calling for a big warmup with temps in the 50s next week and up to the 70s by the end of the month. 

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