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Brad Westphal shows off a big early season largemouth from a local lake. Beginning today, anglers can legally target both largemouth and smallmouth bass. (Jason Durham / For the Enterprise)

Bass fishing starts today; it's a great sunrise event

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For some anglers, today marks the "real" fishing opener. Though not as many anglers head out at the stroke of midnight for Minnesota's bass opener compared to the walleye opener, it's still a popular event come sunrise.

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Bass don't feed as heavily at night compared to daylight hours, primarily due to their vision, yet it's not uncommon to hook a big largemouth in the middle of the night. Smallmouth bass are even scarcer after dark.

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