Minnesota's 2013 fishing opener
Hypothermia occurs quickly in cold water, and the shock of falling into icy water also can cause cardiac arrest.
Mille Lacs rewards
Anglers who catch a Mille Lacs Lake walleye with an orange tag on its body can receive a free fishing lure if they return that tag to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The offer is part of a broad effort to better understand the lake's walleye population.
DNR fisheries biologists are tagging and releasing 20,000 walleyes in the lake. A new walleye population estimate will be based on the number of tagged fish captured in survey nets after spawning is completed. The tags will be labeled "REWARD."
Anglers who catch a fish with such a tag should remove it from the fish, even if the fish is released. Tags should be returned to DNR Fisheries, 1200 Minnesota Ave. S., Aitkin, MN 56431. Tag return boxes also will
be available at several businesses around the lake, or anglers can simply mail them to the address on "REWARD" signs posted at the boat accesses.