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Walleyes were the target species for most anglers statewide over Minnesota's fishing opener weekend. However, those having more consistent success searched for panfish instead of the sometimes elusive state fish. (Jason Durham / For the Enterprise)

Opener was normal - inconsistent

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Anglers last weekend experienced a windy welcome to the 2012 Minnesota fishing opener. Though air temperatures were delightful, controlling the boat in high winds is always a challenge.

Many people assumed fishing would be very similar to what we experience in early June. With such an early ice-out, it would be a logical hypothesis.

However, the opener turned out to be more "normal" than some people expected.

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