Late Memorial Day Weekend Delays Walleye Fishing Opener

Late Memorial Day weekend delays walleye fishing opener

Minnesota’s 2010 walleye opener will be Saturday, May 15, one a week later than usual.

State law sets the walleye opener two Saturdays prior to Memorial Day weekend, which does not occur until the last weekend of May this year.

The later start means that the walleye opener will not coincide with Mother’s Day weekend, which will be Saturday, May 8, and Sunday, May 9.

“Moms still can fish free on Mother’s Day weekend,” said Dirk Peterson, fisheries section chief for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). “But they’re going to have to focus on panfish.”

Stream trout season opens statewide on Saturday, April 17. The early catch-and-release trout season in southeastern Minnesota opened April 1 and runs through Friday, April 16.