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Minnesota fishing opener by the numbers

Temperatures will vary from the 60s in north to the 70s in the southern parts of the state.

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Anglers head out on Nest Lake on May 15, 2021 in Spicer, Minn.
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The Minnesota fishing opener kicks off Saturday, May 14, with mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies across the state.

Temperatures will vary from the 60s in north to the 70s in the southern parts of the state.

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