Have warm temperatures led to thinner ice?

NORTH DAKOTA (KVRR) – Warmer temperatures have caused lots of melting of snow and ice. Lake ice thickness still seems to remain unaffected. “We are about average and that’s just really a mathematical equation of extremes. Where we are at in the mid-part of February in terms of ice thickness and into snowpack, while it may seem that some areas…

Anglers prepare for Saturday’s Minnesota fishing opener

It's another reminder summer is nearing as anglers in Minnesota get ready for the fishing opener.

MINNESOTA (KVRR) – Get your rods and reels and life jackets out as Minnesota’s Fishing Opener starts Saturday and people across the state are excited to get back on the water for another season of catching fish. It’s a unique Minnesota tradition and experts were initially worried about ice on many lakes in the state after the cold, wet and…

Over 11 Anglers Rescued from Upper Red Lake

Several reports of people who were fishing and became stranded when the ice broke away

BELTRAMI COUNTY, Minn. — Over eleven people are rescued from Upper Red Lake. The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office responded to several reports of people who were fishing and became stranded when the ice broke away. Eleven people were rescued by a fire and rescue team while others were helped by local resorts. The sheriff’s office put out a warning to…

Bait Shops and Anglers Prepare for Minnesota Fishing Opener

There is a shortage of minnows and leeches in the area

MINNESOTA — After months of cold weather, it’s time for anglers to hit the lakes for Minnesota’s Fishing Opener. Even though the weather may be less than ideal tomorrow, anglers are still expecting the event to be a busy one. 500,000 people are expected to go. Walleye, Minnesota’s state fish, is the most sought after. “People just want to do…

13th Annual FishFest is Reeling People In for the Start of Fishing Season

Over 70 different vendors are selling the latest in fishing gear

FARGO, N.D. —¬†Area anglers are getting ready for the start of fishing season in Minnesota, which is a little over two weeks away. Anglers of all ages are casting their lines and checking out the latest fishing gear at the 13th annual FishFest. Scheels and fishing equipment partners have the most recent models of rods, tech and clothing on display….

41k Fewer People Buying Fishing Licenses in Minnesota This Year

It's down and a half three percent

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – The Land of 10,000 Lakes is selling fewer fishing licenses this summer. KVRR’s Danielle Church found it’s the second fewest sold in the past 20 years. Clay Schultze has enjoyed fishing for as long as he can remember, turning nature into his playground. “I personally like coming out and not just fishing but just anything. Just…

Tip Leads to Out-of State Anglers Violating Bluegill Numbers

They face combined fines and restitution of over $2,200

  OTTER TAIL COUNTY, Minn. — Three out-of-state anglers had one expensive trip to the land of ten thousand lakes. The DNR cited them for possessing 130 bluegills over the limit on a central Otter Tail County lake. They face combined fines and restitution of over $2,200. Conservation Officer Troy Richards says a tip from the public led to the…

Anglers Prepping for Minnesota Fishing Opener

DNR officials say the Mississippi has catch rates similar to many of the state's best fishing lakes

MINNESOTA — Thousands of anglers are getting ready for the 70th annual Minnesota Fishing Opener which casts off tomorrow. Anglers in the state will be able to catch walleye, pike and trout. Governor Dayton will host the opener along the Mississippi River in the St. Cloud area, a first for that part of lakes country. DNR officials say the Mississippi…

Minnesota Anglers Encouraged to Remove Ice Houses

Due to rapidly deteriorating ice conditions, anglers are being encouraged to remove their shelters now and not wait for the deadlines

  MINNESOTA — It might be a good idea to get those ice houses off of the ice a little early. In northern Minnesota, dark houses, fish houses and portable shelters must be off the ice of inland lakes no later than midnight on Monday, March 20. For Minnesota-Canada border waters, the deadline for removal is March 31. But due…