“Mom’s Amendment” would move up fishing opener

A proposal to move up the opening weekend of the 2012 fishing season by one week is being introduced at the Capitol. Since the current opener coincides with Mother’s Day again this year, we’re calling it the “Mom’s Amendment.”

We are proposing to move up opening weekend of the fishing season—which is currently scheduled on May 12—one week early. The fishing opener is a great Minnesota tradition and a major tourism event, and our state’s anglers and tourism businesses deserve bipartisan support from the legislature to get this done.

We have just come off an incredibly difficult winter for Minnesota’s resort and tourism industry, which saw almost no snow in most areas of the state and terrible ice conditions with record early ice-outs. Businesses that are dependent on winter tourism had a rough year, and an extra week of the fishing season would give them a big boost.

Senator Tom Bakk met with representatives from the Department of Natural Resources last week to explain the proposal and asked for their support in rescheduling the fishing opener. With the fish spawn projected to be as much as a month early this year, there is no resource reason to not move the fishing season up by a week.

The amendment isn’t just about tourists. In our part of the state especially, there are plenty of people who live here that are always torn between spending Mother’s Day with wives or mothers, or on the lake. Of course, Moms should be the priority, and this amendment would finally give Minnesotans a chance to participate in both without conflict.


Senator Rod Skoe
Rod Skoe represents District 2, which includes all or portions of Becker, Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Otter Tail and Wadena counties in the northwestern part of the state. He chairs the Tax Committee.

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