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Anglers fished from shore and boats early Saturday morning. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

A beautiful weekend to fish

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The fishing gods smiled on Minnesota's walleye opener.

Anglers and watercraft inspectors were out on the glassy lakes by dawn Saturday throughout Hubbard County under bright sunshine.

In Park Rapids, long lines formed at convenience stores, bait shops and tackle vendors. A summer of promising commerce had begun.

"I'd guess our fishing license sales were up about 20 percent," said Debbie Lempola, co-owner of Delaney's Sports Center.

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Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers Hubbard County, courts and breaking news.

(218) 732-3364
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