Drews said that regardless of where they fish, anglers in northern Minnesota can expect to find water temperatures in the 30s and low 40s.
The cold water temperatures also will mean that some waters where walleyes still are spawning will be temporarily closed to angling. Anglers should check the DNR website for those locations.
Finally, noting everything is running about a week later than normal, Drews said anglers shouldn’t be surprised to find some access sites without the customary loading docks or other facilities in place for the opener.
“Given the late ice-out, even with crews working 18-hour shifts, it’s going to be a real challenge to get all of them ready for the opener,” he said.
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