DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — With the Minnesota fishing opener set for the coming weekend, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will be using the opportunity to gather data on fishing pressure in Detroit Lake.

The first-ever angler's survey on the lake will collect information from nearly every angler visiting Detroit Lake to gain a better understanding of lake use and just how much fishing is happening.

"Really what we're trying to do is determine how much fishing pressure, and what kind of fish are being taken out of Detroit Lake," said Area Fisheries Supervisor Nathon Olson. "That's going to help with our managing efforts for the lake in case there needs to be any special regulation or additional fish stocking."

The DNR realizes lake accesses can be very busy during the fishing opener, so the agency asks the public to be patient while it gathers information. Olson said the survey is worth the slight inconvenience it creates as it provides key insights on lake use.