Whether you're an avid angler or not, you'll find there's plenty of fun to be had on and around the Whitefish Chain during this year's fishing opener.
Roughly half a million anglers take to the water on fishing opener, according to the MN DNR, and in our (very unbiased) opinion, the Whitefish Chain is the best place to enjoy fishing opener. Why? Fishermen can fish, and those who don't fish still have plenty to do.
For the Anglers
The ice officially went out last week on many of the lakes of the Whitefish Chain, meaning much of the chain is ready for boats. Rush Lake's ice went out May 4, Bertha's went out May 3 and the ice on Whitefish (upper and lower) went out May 7. Saturday and Sunday are both predicted to be beautiful days, with Saturday topping out at 67 and sunny, while Sunday will get up to 73 degrees and sunny- a perfect day out on the water.
And don't forget about mom! Mother's day is Sunday, May 13, and fishing opener weekend doubles as Take a Mom Fishing Weekend, which means that moms can fish without a license all weekend.
Remember that the water is still cold, and a like jacket is crucial to ensuring your safety on the water.
For Those Not Feeling Fishy
If fishing's not your thing, there's still plenty to do. The Pequot Lakes Block Party is a great way to enjoy Saturday, May 12. Businesses all over town will have special deals. Play the Block Party game by picking up an entry card at Lakes Latte. Visit the businesses on the card and have your card stamped at each one, then turn in your card at Leslie's by 5 p.m. A drawing will be held for first and second prizes, with the prize packages valued at more than $650!
There's more, too: Kicks on 66 in Crosslake is having an adult painting party hosted by artist and teacher Kathi Mann, who will lead a guided painting of a piece titled "Eggs and Nest." The springy painting is not only beautiful but suitable for any adult to paint, regardless of experience. The class is $49 per person and includes all supplies, including the oil paints and 12x12" canvas. Visit the website or call Kicks to reserve your space.
Just a short trip away in Brainerd, Brainerd Community Education will host its 33rd Annual Spring Arts and Crafts Festival at Brainerd High School (702 S. 5th St.) from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 13. There will be over 15o exhibitors, free admission and refreshments.
Whether you plan to fish or not, your weekend on the Whitefish Chain- on land or on the water- is bound to be a weekend to remember.