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Extended winter will impact walleye opener on Bemidji area lakes

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With one week remaining before the Minnesota fishing opener on May 11, it still looks like there will be ice on many of the lakes in the Bemidji area when the season opens.

Lake Minnetonka was declared ice free on May 1, although there is some disagreement on when to make that call.

Lake Bemidji has an average ice-out date 13 days later than Lake Minnetonka and Leech Lake averages 14 days later.

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