Skin cancer incidence is on the rise in America, and people who fish regularly are among those at risk.
Various lotions can help minimize damage from regular exposure to the sun. But clothing works best to protect skin.
Example: Guides in the Florida Keys and Bahamas know well that long-sleeved shirts, specialty gloves and hats with "skirts'' that extend over the neck and ears offer optimal sun protection.
"Masks'' of the type now offered by many different suppliers also were first popularized in the Caribbean. Now you see anglers and particularly guides wearing these lightweight, "barely there'' masks regularly in Montana and throughout the West.
Sun masks for anglers are offered by various suppliers, including Simms and Patagonia.
Dennis Anderson has been a Star Tribune outdoors columnist since 1993, before which, for 13 years, he held the same position at the Pioneer Press. He enjoys casting and shooting. Dogs, too, and horses. Also kids and, occasionally, crusading in his column for improved conservation.
The morning was chillier than predicted — in the mid- to high 30s at sunup — but walleye fishing generally was good on Crane Lake on the season opener Saturday. Walleyes were caught in 14 to 16 feet of water on shiner, chub and fathead minnows