Warm weather and bright prospects

Fishing begins anew in Minnesota at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, when walleyes become legal fare in inland waters, along with northern pike. In northeast Minnesota, bass also can be kept, while catch-and-release of large- and smallmouth bass is required elsewhere in the state.

Weather for the coming weekend is expected to be good, with highs in the 60s throughout most of the state, according to forecasts. Rain chances are forecast to be 20 percent or less, also statewide.

Public accesses to lakes and rivers should be in good shape, with water levels sufficient to launch boats.

Plentiful supplies of minnows and other bait also are expected to be on hand for purchase by the hundreds of thousands of anglers who will be on state waters Saturday and Sunday. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources licenses more than 1 million anglers annually.