The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reports a goof on the dates for the annual Take a Mom Fishing weekend as printed in the state’s annual fishing regulations booklet. The correct dates this year are May 8-9, when Minnesota-resident moms can fish without purchasing a license. (The booklet wrongly says May 15-16.)
The special weekend is defined in Minnesota statutes as the weekend that coincides with Mothers Day. Unfortunately this year, due to a quirk of the calendar, Mothers Day and the free fishing weekend falls a week before Minnesota’s May 15 walleye fishing opener, so mom will have to fish for panfish or trout or something else.
The fact the walleye opener is not on Mothers Day weekend this year should make some moms happy, however, with their angling offspring able to be home to celebrate for a change.