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The Fish Hook River bank was the hot spot for walleyes Saturday - if you could call a 40-degree day anything but cold. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Downtown Park Rapids - a dam fine place to fish the opener

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The swollen Fish Hook River dam in Park Rapids was the place to be during the opener - it was coughing up walleyes like crazy.

But the anglers also started early, come hell and high water.


"There were about 30 of us here at midnight," said Jason Neumayer. "I caught a walleye and a northern."

By Saturday morning the riverbanks were lined with anglers, hoping to repeat Matthew Rog's luck.

Rog, from New Brighton, held up a string of walleyes grinning.

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Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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