I'M OFF THE HOOK GOOD ONE, JASON PROBABLY A LOT MORE OF THOSE COMING THIS MORNING HALF A MILLION MINNESOTANS ARE GEARING UP THE LATE ICEOUT SHOULD MAKE FOR A GOOD START TO THE SEASON YEARS LIKE THIS, 2013-18 WELCOMES THE LATE ICE, WE HAVE REPRODUCTION FOR WALLEYE ONE BIG CHANGE THIS YEAR, REGULATIONS CHANGED FOR NORTHERN PIKE, THE DECADES OLD BAG LIMIT OF 3 AND ONE OVER 30 IS GONE PIKE POPULATIONS DIFFER IN VARIOUS REGIONS AND HAVE THREE DIFFERENT SETS OF RULES FOR SOUTHERN, NORTH CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST ZONES THIS YEAR THE GOVERNOR'S FISHING OPENER IS IN THE WILTON LAKES OPENER THE GOVERNOR WILL THROW HIS FIRST LAKE IN TO GREEN LAKE TOMORROW MORNING THIS IS VIDEO OF THE LAKE JUST OVER 3 WEEKS AGO CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? THERE WAS STILL A BIT OF ICE ON THE LAKE, THEN THINGS SHOULD BE MUCH BETTER THIS WEEKEND DNR REPORTS MAY 3rd WAS THE ICEOUT DATE THERE THE FISHING IS IMIG MONEY FOR BUSINESSES AROUND THE STATE, GENERATING 25 BILLION DOLLARS EACH YEAR MARY MCGUIRE IS HELPING US GET READY AT BLUE RIBBON BAIT IN OAK DALE Reporter: GOOD MORNING YOU GUYS, WE ARE JOINED BY A COUPLE OF THOUSAND FRIENDS I'M JOINED BY BERNIE, FISHING EXTRAORDINARY AND SALESPERSON THIS IS GOING TO BE HOT THIS SPRING I WAS SHOCKED WE HAD SHINERS WE WERE TOLD BY DISTRIBUTORS WE WOULDN'T HAVE ANY THAT HE IS ARE THE LARGER ONES THAT ARE MOSTLY FOR BASS AND NORTHERN THE ONE THAT PEOPLE ARE GOING THE BE AFTER TODAY ARE THE SMALLER [TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES] [NO AUDIO] Reporter: LET'S SHOW THEM WE DON'T HAVE A BIG SUPPLY AND I RECOMMEND IF YOU WANT SOME, COME ON AND GET IN HERE EARLY WE CAN PUT THEM ON OXYGEN FOR YOU YOU WILL GET NICE TASTY MORSELS Reporter: WHEN PEOPLE GET THE BAIT, HOW MANY DO THEY TYPICALLY GET FOR A FISHING TRIP? IT DEPENDS ON THE FISHERMAN IF WE HAVE OUR HALL OF FAME FISHERMAN, HE WANTS 10 DOZEN MOST PEOPLE PROBABLY, A SCOOP OF FAT HEADS, MAYBE A DOZEN SHINERS, A SCOOP YOU ARE PROBABLY LOOKING AT 6 OR 7 DOZEN OF FAT HEADS, MINIMUM Reporter: WE HAVE A VERY LARGE FISH BEHIND YOU THAT'S AN ABSOLUTE MONSTER WHERE WAS THAT ONE CAUGHT AND WHO CAUGHT IT? JOSH STEVENSON CAUGHT IT ON LAKE ELMO HE GOT GREAT TIPS FROM HIS MATH TEACHER, HOW TO CATCH MUSKIES THAT'S THE STATE RECORD IT'S A BEAUTIFUL FISH HE HAS IT IN THE CASE THERE AND WE ARE VERY PROUD OF IT Reporter: DO YOU THINK THAT'S WHAT THE FUTURE IS GOING TO HOLD THIS WEEKEND OR TAKE YEARS OF EXPERIENCE? THEY BETTER NOT BE FISHING MUSKIES THEY DON'T OPEN FOR ANOTHER MONTH I HAVE BEEN WALKING AROUND THERE IS SO MUCH COOL STUFF IN HERE I FOUND A FEW TACKLES THAT COULD DOUBLE AS EARRINGS IN HERE ESPECIALLY ON THE COUNTER A LOT OF FEATHERS WHEN WOMEN COME IN, I SAY YOU SHOULD PUT THOSE IN FOR EARRINGS THAT COULD DOUBLE AS A MOTHER'S DAY GIFT I HAVE A FEELING THAT A COUPLE OF FAMILIES ARE GOING TO HAVE TO MAKE PRETTY TOUGH DECISIONS WHEN IT COMES TO WHAT THEY ARE GOING TO DO THIS WEEKEND MARY, ONE YEAR MY DAD GOT MY MOM A TACKLE BOX FOR HER BIRTHDAY [TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES] [NO AUDIO] IT KNEADS TO BE ON THE LIST IS VERY COLD, WEAR A LIFE JACKET WHEN YOU ARE IN YOUR BOAT THIS WEEKEND LIVE TO MARY MCGUIRE WHO IS AT -- YOU HAVE GOT THE BEST GUY TO INTERVIEW AT THE FISH AND TACKLE SHOP IN OAK DALE, RIGHT? Reporter: I KNOW HE IS PRETTY INCREDIBLE I BET YOU THOUGHT I WAS JOKING LAST HALF HOUR WHEN I SAID I WOULD PICK UP LAWYERS TO WEAR AS EARRINGS THIS WOULD JUST -- [TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES] [NO AUDIO] -- I'M JOINED BY BERNIE WHAT DOES THE FISHING OPENER DO FOR BUSINESS AT BLUE RIBBON? IT JUMP STARTS OUR WHOLE SUMMER, IT'S WHEN OUR MAIN BUSINESS IS WE REALLY LOOK FORWARD TO IT IT'S ALWAYS FUN, THE INTERACTION YOU HAVE WITH THE PEOPLE THAT'S WAY I DO IT IN RETIREMENT Reporter: WHAT IS GOING ON HERE, WE KNOW OUR INCREDIBLE PHOTO JOURNALIST, JOEL, HE PICKED UP A LITTLE SOMETHING TO TAKE FISHING THAT WAS A VERY POPULAR ONE, CORRECT? IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE 3 WHICH THEY DISCONTINUED A YEAR AND A HALF AGO I DID WELL ON THEM AND OUR OWNER SAYS WHY DON'T YOU PICK UP SOME FOR THE STORE I WENT TO ORDER THEM AND THEY DIDN'T HAVE THEM I CALLED BAGGILIES AND THEY SAID WE ARE DISCONTINUING THEM AND HAVE A FEW LEFT JOSH, OUR OWNER SAYS BUY THEM OUT SO WE DID EXCLUSIVE ITEM HERE YES WE ARE THE ONLY ONES THAT HAVE THEM UNLESS SOMEBODY HAS SOME THAT THEY HAVEN'T SOLD THIS FIRE TIGER IS A HOT COLOR EVERYONE I IT WILL TO BUY ONE, THEY DO VERY WELL ON THEM THIS WEEKEND, I DID VERY WELL YESTERDAY I WAS OUT WITH THE BAGGILY, THEY ARE A GREAT LURE FOR CRANK BAITS Reporter: FANTASTIC FOR SOMEONE LIKE ME, USED TO FISHING WITH A STICK AND A CAN OF CORN, WHAT DO I NEED? STARTING WITH THE ROD AND REEL, MARY WE ARE GET YOU A CASTING REEL AND A CASTING ROD I'M GOING THE TALK ABOUT BASS WHICH ALSO DOES OPEN ON SATURDAY YOU CAN'T KEEP THEM THE DNR CHANGED THE STRATEGY LAST YEAR THAT YOU ARE ABLE TO FIB FOR BASS, YOU HAVE TO RELEASE THEM THE BAGGILIES, CRANK BATES, WE HAVE PLENTY OF THOSE THIS IS PROBABLY ANOTHER HOT LURE, THE WHOPPER PLOPPER Reporter: THAT WAS MY NICKNAME IN HIGH SCHOOL I'M JUST KIDDING WE ARE TALKING WITH AN OLD HALL MATH TEACHER HEAR HAPPY FISHING OPENER EVE THE SEASON STARTS AT 12:01 SET YOUR CLOCKS JUST TO BE CLEAR, WHOPPER PLOPPER WAS NOT YOUR NICKNAME? THAT WAS JUST A JOKE? Reporter: THAT WAS JUST A LITTLE JOKE THINGS SHOULD BE MUCH BETTER THIS WEEKEND DNR REPORTS MAY 3rd WAS THE ICEOUT DATE MARY MCGUIRE IS HELPING US GET READY AT BLUE RIBBON BAIT IN OAK DALE Reporter: GOOD MORNING TO YOU GUYS NOTHING WAKING YOU UP LIKE BEING SURROUNDED BY BAIT AND TACKLE I'M JOINED BY BERNIE FISHERMAN EXTRAORDINARY YOU WERE SAYING THE LATE SPRING THAT MINNESOTA SAW HAD AN IMPACT ON THE BAIT PEOPLE USE THE SHINERS, THERE WAS A SHORTAGE BECAUSE THE PONDS UP NORTH, THEY FROZE OVER, NO OXYGEN IT'S GOING TO BE A LATE SEASON GETTING THEM I EXPLAINED EARLIER THAT I WAS SURPRISED, I SHOWED UP AND WE HAVE A FEW, MAYBE A COUPLE OF GALLONS, THAT WILL MAKE A FEW WALLEYE FISHERMEN HAPPY WE HAVE LEECHES OVER HERE THAT -- I KNOW ARE POPULAR WITH YOU PROBABLY MORE FISHERMEN USE LEECHES AND FAT HEADS THAN THE SHINERS BECAUSE THE SHINERS ARE SO FRAGILE THEY ARE HARD TO KEEP THEM ALIVE Reporter: THAT HE IS ARE NOT JUST NORMAL LEECHS, THESE ARE JUMBO LEECHES I THINK YOU WOULD LOVE TO TOUCH ONE OF THOSE Reporter: ARE YOU REALLY GOING TO MAKE ME TOUCH IT? I AM Reporter: OKAY OKAY THERE IT IS THAT IS LIKE A GROSS PIECE OF COLD SPAGHETTI THIS IS A REALLY BIG TIME FOR BUSINESS AT BLUE RIBBON THIS IS THE PEAK THE KICKOFF WE HAVE ONE IN THE WINTER, TOO, WITH THE FIRST ICE THIS IS OUR MAIN BUSINESS STARTING NOW THROUGH END OF SEPTEMBER OR EARLY OBJECT Reporter: WE HAVE SEEN FISHERMEN COMING IN THEY SAW YOUR TRUCK AND WANTED TO GET ON TV Reporter: I DON'T KNOW ABOUT THAT THEY WANTED TO PICK UP STUFF AS WELL MORE POPULAR THAN THE SHINERS OR THE LEECHES AND THE FAT HEADS, WHICH ARE BACK HERE A LITTLE WAYS, MARY Reporter: WE ARE GOING TO HANG OUT HERE WITH THE FAT HEADS FISHING OPENER TODAY I HAVE TO GIVE YOU PROPS Reporter: LOOK AT THAT RAINBOW ONE IT IS GORGEOUS I WOULD TOUCH THAT BUT NOT THE LEECH I GIVE YOU PROPS FOR THAT