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 (admittedly biased) 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 around the end of April on the Whitefish Chain, meaning the chain is ready for boats. Bertha Lake's ice went out April 24 and the ice on Whitefish (upper and lower) went out April 25. Saturday and Sunday are both forecast to be cloudy, with a chance of rain on Saturday. Nonetheless the temps will be in the mid- to upper-fifties, so not too bad!
And don't forget about mom! Mother's day is Sunday, May 12, 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 11. Businesses all over town will have special deals making it the perfect day to hit the town while the anglers are fishing. Though they aren't running local events, the other towns around the Whitefish Chain also have lots of great shops to check out! Be sure you peruse Crosslake, Pine River and Nisswa!
Just a short trip away in Brainerd, the Cuyuna Rock, Gem and Mineral Society will host its annual rock show at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds (2000 SE 13th St, Brainerd). See amazing specimens and enjoy kids activities and the Wizard of Rocks. Admission is just $1. Perhaps the best thing on display are the stunning local Lake Superior Agates, which can be found all around the Whitefish Chain
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.