Many a Duluthian’s dreams of late feature tying into ol’ bucketmouth – we’re that excruciatingly close to the season opener here in Duluth. The 2015 season for us starts May 9th, while our neighbors to the west of us can catch and release only for the two weeks until the regular harvest season opens on May 23rd.
Sure, they’re basic, but here are three ways to get ready for the season:
1. Buy a license
Many Duluth newcomers don’t know that they’ll need a license to fish anywhere in the state. To apply, they’ll ask for your name, address, date of birth, social security number and driver’s license number.
You can apply for a license from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources or from local merchants that are authorized by the DNR to provide them. You’ll find a list of the agents located in Duluth here.
2. Get ready
Check your boat and gear. Ah, go ahead – check everything twice – you can never be too safe. The following is a very basic checklist.
- Life jackets – ensure that there are enough for everyone. Check for rips, etc. If you don’t have one, consider adding a throw-able flotation device, such as a ring or boat cushion, for good measure.
- Fire extinguisher – is it charged? Ensure it’s mounted somewhere that is easily accessible.
- Flare kits – if you’ll be fishing the big lake, you’ll want to have these along.
- Batteries – check to ensure they’re charged and the terminals are corrosion-free. Then check that all lights are in working order.
- Check rod tips for cracks.
- Pack some extra sunglasses, sunscreen, snacks and water.
See you out there!