• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

    Class of 2012
    Ely, MN
    Elementary education

    Amanda's Bio:
    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

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    Harare, Zimbabwe
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Fishing Opener

For all you recreational enthusiasts, this weekend marks the Minnesota opener for Walleye, Pike, and Sauger fishing.  This is a big deal, especially for towns that are home to lakes and rivers.  Tourism tends to thrive in these cities, and fishing and hunting sports seem to be one of the primary drives for their success.  Hence, this weekend also marks the official beginning of summer for many regions across the state who will be relying heavily on the business they receive as a result of opener.

Are you planning on getting out on the water and doing some fishing?  You should!  However, there are a couple of things to keep in mind before you do:

First, remember that you need a fishing license before you can launch onto your favorite lake.  You can purchase these online at http://mndnr.gov/buyalicense or just go to any nearby convenience store that sells.  For a basic angling license, it’s about $18.00.  Make sure you have your social security number and photo ID to get your license.

Second, keep the state regulations in mind.  While this is “fishing opener,” it is only for walleye, northern pike, and sauger and nothing else yet.  If you catch bass or pan fish, you are still required to throw them back until their opening weekend.  There are also some new regulations in regards to the number of hooks used when angling and the overall limit for fish, which can be found on the DNR website at http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/rlp/regulations/fishing/fishing2012.pdf#view=Fit&pagemode=bookmarks

Third, we have been having lots of issues in our state with invasive species.  The types and range of these little pests has increased and diversified each year, and this year is no exception.  It is vital that boaters remove visible plant species from their boats after docking, drain livewells and equipment holding water before leaving the area, and dispose of excess bait in the trash (rather than dumping it back into the lake as many of us have in the past).

Finally, remember to be prepared for your trip out on the water.  Bring sunscreen and a first aid kit.  Also remember to bring lots of water or other hydrating beverages to prevent dehydration…food is always a good idea, as well!

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