Saturday's fishing opener: Conservation officers prepare for work in pandemic
May 07, 2020 05:45AM
By Dan Gunderson of Minnesota Public Radio News - May 7, 2020
The Minnesota walleye fishing opener is Saturday, and lakes are expected to be busy. The state Department of Natural Resources says fishing license sales are up significantly from the last two years.
The DNR is encouraging anglers to fish close to home this year, as a way to slow the spread of COVID-19.
DNR conservation officers are looking ahead to the busy weekend, considering how to do their jobs in the middle of a pandemic.
On a busy summer weekend they might encounter dozens of anglers — checking licenses, inspecting the catch, talking about fishing hot spots.
Conservation officer Jacob Swedberg’s territory covers northwestern Minnesota lake country around Detroit Lakes. As he looks ahead to this year’s opener, he ponders how his work will change in the midst of the pandemic — with social distancing in place and a newly issued mask and hand sanitizer at the ready.
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