State fishing opener on May 14 – Page 1 Publications

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This bench at Lake Bronson State Park provides a place to rest off the trail and look over the water. Lake Bronson provides a spot for people of all ages to get away, take a step back, and experience nature, Lake Bronson State Park Manager Tim Williamson explained.

Tim Williamson, Park Manager of both of these state parks, says Tim Williamson, Park Manager of both of these state parks.

“There’s been a lot of managing the lake and the dam,” Williams said of Lake Bronson State Park, “but staff have been working very hard on… getting the buildings ready for summer.”

Williamson discussed about all the work that has been going on in the state parks, his thoughts on the temperatures warming up and summer approaching, the various opportunities at the parks— of operation.

Due to rainfall, Lake Bronson State Park has been dealing with wet campgrounds and roads. Williamson hopes the Minnesota fishing opener— scheduled for Saturday, May 14.

He highlighted how Old Mill State Park is also dealing with water issues.

“The Middle River was quite high and we had to sandbag… the historic mill down there … The river ran up to the sandbags itself,” Williamson said. “So there’s going to be some high water in both units, some parks, post-high water sort of cleanup, and then get the parks ready.”

Going into Lake Bronson, the river is running so high and fast that the park has seen much debris float down from the river and into the lake.

“We’ve been getting bigger trees and just trying to get the lake ready for boats as well,” Williamson said. “And that’s been taking a fair amount of staff time.”

Asked about the temperatures warming up, Williamson is happy about it, providing the opportunity to go down to lighter clothing. Despite the recent wet weather, staff are working to ensure the trails and everything at these state parks are safe and ready for all who come to visit.

“It’s always interesting to see the seasons change. This one’s been a little bit wet at times, ”Williamson said. “… Like I’ve said, we’ve had some high water activity, but for the most part, we’ve just tried to get everything up and running at both parks, and then just getting all the campgrounds… ready for the season. ”

As the temperatures have warmed up, the trails on the parks have been drying up. What about the snow?

“Snow is mostly gone, you know 99 percent, still a patch here or there, especially back in the woods still.”

As for fishing, Lake Bronson provides the opportunity to catch a variety of fish — walleye, northern, perch, crappie, other types of panfish, and a few bass.

“The fishing opener this coming Friday, we’ll find out a little more what’s biting and what’s not,” Williamson said.

Williamson wanted to provide people with a reminder.

“We just remind people to be cautious and safe on the lake,” Williamson said, “and they are out there doing any other activities.”

Williamson also wanted to highlight “really exciting” opportunities coming to both parks — that of summer youth programming. These programs will start on Memorial Day weekend and into September— when the fall colors emerge. Park staff members Diane Peterson and Sheila Billings have been working on these activities.

“Our staff have worked pretty hard to put together some really nice programming,” Williamson said. “And so if you come up, we’re going to change it every month, focusing on a new thing every month, and they’re finalizing that list as we speak.”

To see the complete story, read the May 11 issue of The Tribune or the May 12 issue of the North Star News.

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