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

Author:
Updated:
Original:

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.

500,000

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.

35,462

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.

21,702,319

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.

5,400

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.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2020-11-25 at 7.34.43 AM

Watch: Drunk squirrel in Minnesota captures the world's attention

The squirrel was immediately cut off after nearly tipping over.

Screen Shot 2020-11-25 at 7.15.09 PM

Small town gym refusing to close facing lawsuit from attorney general

The gym is facing a lawsuit and a temporary restraining order to halt their operations.

credit card, payment

Money Gal Coaching: Bouncing back after living your best life

Kelly Blodgett started Money Gal Coaching after paying down nearly $50K in debt in 18 months.

flickr-mall-of-america-mitchell-hirsch-march-2019

When do stores open on Black Friday this year?

Many major retailers will be open Black Friday, some for extended hours.

police tape, crime scene

Man found dead outside home near Cass Lake

The man was reportedly shot outside the property.

Minnesota_Welcome_Sign_-_Minnesota_Welcomes_You_-_Taylors_Falls_(28269804891)

Gov. Walz announces $1M in grants to boost Minnesota tourism

The money will be used for marketing efforts to attract people to Minnesota's hard-hit tourist spots.

coronavirus, ICU

Nov. 25 COVID-19 update: 72 deaths ties Minnesota's single-day high

A COVID-19 update will not be provided on Thanksgiving Day.

Texa-Tonka

Revival to open its fourth Twin Cities location

The fried chicken and smoked meat maestros are moving to St. Louis Park.

Duluth and Case Recreation Center

St. Paul to open two extra temporary shelters for homeless people

Mayor Melvin Carter announced the new shelters will be opened in the event of excess demand.

Related