Thursday, May 11, 2017

Countdown to MN Fishing Opener 2017

Are you ready for the 2017 MN fishing opener this Saturday May 13, 12:01 am?  We are at Spirit of the Wilderness Outfitter & Outdoor Store, Ely MN.  We have gallons of rainbow & fatheads minnows,  lite northern suckers, crawlers, leeches, wax worms and just delivered today; golden shiners, pike suckers and heavy or large suckers.

Minnows are the bait of choice for the opener....not our choice, but walleyes, smallmouth bass and northern pike are choosey and have requested minnows!

The weather is forecasted to be great; sunny with temperatures in the low to mid 60s. Water temperatures are cold, but make sure you where your life jackets. This is the #1 way to keep yourself safe while fishing or boating.

Fishing license?
Be sure to have a 2017 MN fishing license with you. Forgetting it and claiming you have one back at your camp or cabin is not a good excuse. Other have tried this approach and not gotten very far with a MN DNR Conservation Officer.

Will you practice C.P.R. on your fish this year? 
That is Catch, Photograph, and Release the big ones.  Why? They are smart old ladies, but you out smarted her this time. She may be 10-20 years old and you are going to eat her or turn her over to a taxidermist? She is the good breeding stock for the lake. The big ones deserve to be caught again. So we request you do CPR on your fish and take home the smaller ones which are better for eating.

Spirit of the Wilderness is open 6:00 am - 9:00 pm every day until late October. Visit our bait & tackle shop for up-to-date fishing information.

We also provide complete & partial outfitting, canoe/kayak/SUP board rental, tow boat service on; Moose lake chain, Snowbank lake and Burntside lake to Crab lake portage. Our in-town bunkhouse has been remodeled adding new restrooms with showers, A/C or heat, kitchen facility for light meals, fridge, stove and more. Call for details or make a reservation: 218-365-3149

See you soon in Ely.

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