High Hopes for Fishing Opener in Southern Minn.

Updated: 05/11/2013 8:43 AM KSTP.com By: Kate Renner

Lake Minnetonka is expected to be extra crowded for Saturday's fishing opener; many fishermen who usually like to head up north have to stick around the southern part of the state for the fishing opener because most of the big lakes near Brainard and farther north are still frozen.

According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, boat launches on Minnetonka and across the metro will be hopping.

Mark Schutz, a fishing guide on Lake Minnetonka, advices walleye anglers to stay near rocks and the warmest water in the lake.

For the early morning risers, the weather and water should be very cold tomorrow. For those who are fishing in the mid-section of the state, they may be tempted to ice fish and fish from a boat in the same day, but the DNR says it's not safe.

"There is going to be a portion of the state where they're in the transition mode where the ice is not good enough to be on for sure and there's no open water. So they're either going to have to go further north for better ice or further south for the open water," said Adam Block, DNR Conservation Officer.