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MN fishing opener Saturday and resorts are excited

Detroit Lakes, MN (WDAY TV) - Lost in the shuffle of the marathon and Mother's Day, the Minnesota fishing opener is tomorrow.2 / 2

Detroit Lakes, MN (WDAY TV) - Lost in the shuffle of the marathon and Mother's Day, the Minnesota fishing opener is tomorrow.

The businesses that depend on the opener, and good weather, say there's reason for excitement this season.

Chris Holland-Mehlhaff/ Owner, Lodge On Lake Detroit: "It's been a long winter."

Few cities rely on tourism as much as Detroit Lakes and few businesses as much as Resorts.

With the start of the season just days away, "The Lodge on Lake Detroit" owner couldn't be happier that weather is a few degrees warmer than last year.

Holland-Mehlhaff: "Last fishing opener I recall we still had some ice on the lake and people were wondering if we'd be able to actually have a fishing opener. This year thankfully despite the cold temperatures the ice has lifted. And the birds are out and the lake is ready and boats are already starting to come on to the lake. We can't wait to kick off the summer season."

With lakes free and clear of ice, resorts like Holland-Mehlhaff's have been able to get ahead of schedule, from landscaping, to providing tools like boat slips to lure in this weekend's fisherman.

Holland-Mehlhaff: "We're in a better position to accommodate them now."

The weather is so different now from this time last year that here at the Lodge on Lake Detroit, this dock wasn't even in yet coming in to mother's day weekend.

It's amenities like these drawing a spike in phone calls and bookings at the Lodge, along with some entertainment Saturday night to get both anglers and holiday guest in these seats for Mother's Day Weekend.

Jim Brogren/ Sales Director, Lodge On Lake Detroit: "From 6-9 we have the elevators, great band from Fargo-Moorhead, along with wine sampling."

Events Lodge on Lake Detroit believes will keep the front desk busy, making this summer one of its best.

Holland-Mehlhaff: "We're hoping that trend continues into the summer, we can make up for a long hard winter."

Not all resorts in Detroit Lakes have come out of winter unscathed, Shady Grove says its remodel is on hold, because of deep frost.

Brian Abel
Brian joined WDAZ in October of 2014, after reporting and anchoring at WDAY in Fargo since October 2013. He currently co-anchors the 6 and 10pm WDAZ News weekdays, and co-anchors the Saturday 6 and 10pm WDAY/WDAZ simulcast news. He was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan and graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in Journalism. Brian has traveled across the country as a spokesperson for the automotive industry. He has also lived in Los Angeles, working in entertainment before pursuing his career in broadcasting. It’s experiences like these that give him a unique perspective when reporting. Brian is a Michigan Wolverines fan with an avid interest in politics and golf.  He is thrilled to be sharing stories with the Greater Grand Forks community working at WDAZ and looks forward to hearing any of your comments, concerns and story ideas.