Minnesota fishing opener isn't on Mother's Day weekend this year

Moms can still go fishing for free on Mother's Day weekend.

Early ice-out on Minnesota lakes doesn't push this year's fishing opener any earlier. In fact, the 2021 fishing opener is a week after Mother's Day weekend rather than on the holiday for moms. 

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 9, and the Minnesota Fishing Opener is Saturday, May 15. That should be good news for moms who often see their holiday fall second to the fishing opener on an annual basis. 

Minnesota law says the fishing opener must fall on the Saturday two weeks before the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, and this year Memorial Day weekend is May 31, the latest it can be. 

If moms are up for some fishing on Mother's Day weekend, the state is holding its annual Take a Mom Fishing Weekend on May 8-9, which allows mothers the opportunity to fish without a license. 

“We encourage Minnesota moms to get out and fish for free on May 8 and 9,” said Jon Hansen, of the DNR. “Even though the walleye season won’t be open, there are still plenty of fun and easy fishing opportunities for crappie, sunfish, or even under-appreciated fish like buffalo, sucker, bullhead or sheepshead.”

The fishing opener is specifically for walleye, bass, trout and northern pike. 

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