Sales of Minnesota fishing licenses down significantly

Not surprisingly, the sale of Minnesota fishing licenses is lagging far behind sales in recent years, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Minnesota’s general fishing season opened Saturday, but ice remained on many lakes and opening weekend was cold and windy.

Total license sales through Monday stood at 257,665, according to the DNR. Last year at the same time, sales were 413,273. Here are sales for the comparable period in other recent years:

2011 — 344,187

2010 — 435,270

2009 — 381,194