State Senator wants early start to Minnesota fishing season

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Mar 28, 2012 at 7:20 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KNSI) - A Minnesota state Senator said he planned to introduce legislation next week that would move up the start of the state's fishing season by a week from May 12 to May 5.

Sen. Minority Leader Tom Bakk, D-Cook, said between an early spring thaw that started fish spawning ahead of schedule as well as a tough year for tourism-based businesses, an early start would be a welcome boost to an industry that generates nearly $3 billion annually in retail spending in Minnesota.

"This would add a week to the state tourism season," Bakk said.

In addition to the lack of snow this winter that stymied winter tourism, Bakk said tourist businesses in the state were also still recovering from money lost during last summer's state government shutdown.

Bakk said he had not spoken with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources about the feasibility of his proposal. Under the proposal, the Governor's planned fishing opener event on Lake Waconia May 12 would still go on as planned.

Bakk intended to introduce the bill in the Senate next week.

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