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Daniel Slocum, 10, of Fredenberg Township, makes a cast while fishing for northern pike Saturday morning on Fish Lake during the Minnesota fishing opener. (Sam Cook / scook@duluthnews.com)

Minnesota fishing licenses down nearly 30 percent at start of season

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Sales of Minnesota fishing licenses were down nearly 30 percent from last year on the eve of Saturday's Minnesota fishing opener. License sales for that period were the lowest they have been in the past 12 years, according to Department of Natural Resources figures.

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Sources in the fishing industry cited poor weather on the opener, gas prices and the general state of the economy as possible reasons for lagging license sales.

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