It was a cold, wet spring and a slow start to the tourism season at one of Minnesota's largest and most popular lakes. However, things turned around at Lake of the Woods.
Limits on the number and size of walleye that can be harvested on Lake of the Woods, means more trophy fish and more fisherman.
Despite a slow start to fishing this spring, the DNR is reporting the purchase of more daily fishing passes at Lake of the Woods this summer. And resort owners are reporting a good season.
Mike Mayer, Wheelers Point Resort: "It's a wonderful place to go. It's a fantastic fishery right now. The fishing is great. It's a nice, quiet area. It's all good right now on Lake of the Woods."
Dave Bathel, Slim's Resort: "Yeah, I think fishing is getting more popular. People are just into doing stuff like this. Fishing is good, you catch walleye, eat em at night, you go home, you're happy."
Some resort owners are betting that as more and more Baby Boomers retire, they'll choose this type of lake lifestyle over another trip to Las Vegas.
Mike Kinsella, Border View Lodge: "Actually, we do seet it. It's getting to be a little more regular. It gets people out to do different things, be outside."
Rachel Krohn, LOW Tourism Bureau: "We can check to see how many people are hitting up our facebook page and other social media. We have seen a major increase this year in followers."
Cy Robinson of Davenport, Iowa has been coming here for 5-years in a row. He even started a 60 and over club. Now, 60 members of that club will be joining him here on Lake of the Woods this week.
Cy Robinson, Davenport, Iowa: "It's relaxing all the time… just have fun with your friends. That's the name of the game."
And tourism officials say they're seeing more and more people from as far away as California and New York coming to stay at what's right in our backyard.