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Bait sellers like Rick Bartelt of Four Corners are among those who are hoping for an extra week of fishing this year, as the legislature debates whether to change the walleye opener from May 12 to May 5.

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Minnesota could be seeing an earlier start to the big fishing season this year.

"This is it -- this is the start of the madness," said Chris Denardo, as he helps his crew from J&K Marine prepare the docks and lifts on Little Detroit.


The crew is out much earlier this year because of a record-breaking early ice out, and the jump start could be a necessary one for them, as some legislators are pushing for the walleye opener to be pulled back one week early.

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