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FISHING

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The action last Saturday was fair – no surprise, considering the weather – but it was good enough to keep things interesting.
My first walleye took the bait within a handful of minutes of dropping a line into Lake Winnibigoshish's 48-degree water.
Festivities for the 74th Governor’s Fishing Opener were held in Cass Lake and on Lake Winnibigoshish in Leech Lake Nation.
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For me, the walleye has a mystique I find difficult to explain. The appearance is definitely part of it. Walleyes are beautiful fish, and their color varies depending on where you catch them.

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Alex Letvin says many lakes in his work area are going through a transition with clearing waters and expanded vegetation. It's a change that naturally benefits fish species like northern pike and largemouth bass. What might that look like for walleye on some of these waters going forward?
With the ice finally gone on most Minnesota lakes, the spring fish harvest is in full swing. Tribal members say the annual ritual of gathering fish through spearing or netting provides a vital food source for the community and preserves a cultural tradition.
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They call it the Minnesota “fishing opener,” but everyone knows the day is really about the walleye.
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Popular Lund boats made in New York Mills factory will be common on Minnesota lakes on fishing opener Saturday, May 14.
Only larger, deeper lakes in the Arrowhead still have ice.
With winter finally getting out of the way, Koel and Brewer talk about lake conditions, walleye spawning and their love of the outdoors.

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Alexandria area fishing guide Mike Frisch goes over exactly how he finds success trolling jigs as anglers prepare for the May 14 walleye and pike opener in Minnesota.
Temperatures will vary from the 60s in north to the 70s in the southern parts of the state.
Currently, young people ages 12 to 17 must pass an online boater safety exam through the Department of Natural Resources. Companion bills taken up by the Senate and House this session would increase the age requirement to anyone born on or after July 1, 1987.

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