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5 facts you probably didn't know about fishing in Minnesota

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The fishing opener begins at midnight Saturday morning, and walleye, northern pike, lake trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass are once again up for grabs.

To get you ready, here are some cool facts about the opener – and the state's fishing scene.


The Minnesota DNR expects about 500,000 people to fish on the opening day for walleye and northern pike on Saturday. That's over one-third of the 1.4 million licensed anglers in Minnesota.

With the Minnesota population at roughly 5.5 million, that means that nearly 1 in every 10 Minnesotans will be fishing this weekend.


That is the number of jobs supported by the fishing industry in Minnesota, according to the American Sportfishing Association.

What is the economic impact? About $2.44 billion in retail sales (which translates to 12 fighter jets or the Mars Curiosity Rover).

The sales tax generated from that alone is over $250,000.


The total number of days spent fishing in Minnesota in a year, with the average Minnesota angler spending 15 days in the boat.

On average, an American worker receives 10 days of paid vacation to spend on friends, family, or most importantly, fishing.

If that doesn't sound good enough, there are 18 weekends before the first of any of the 2016 fishing seasons close.


Although Minnesota is called the Land of 10,000 lakes, not all of them are fishable.

About 5,400 lakes in Minnesota are considered fishing lakes.

But don't feel cheated: There are over 18,000 miles of fishable rivers and streams, including 3,800 miles of trout streams, for a total of 3.8 million acres of fishing waters.

 17 pounds, 8 ounces

That's the record for the largest walleye caught in Minnesota.

It was hooked on Seagull River at Saganaga Lake on May 13, 1979.

The DNR has a list of all the records held in the state.

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