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Anglers fished from shore and boats early Saturday morning. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Opener welcomes sunshine, calm waters, inspectors, kids and fish

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The fishing gods smiled on Minnesota's walleye opener.

Anglers and watercraft inspectors were out on the glassy lakes by dawn throughout Hubbard County under bright sunshine.


In Park Rapids, long lines formed at convenience stores, bait shops and tackle vendors.

"I caught two large mouth bass," said Matthew Cloutier of Park Rapids, knowing he had to throw them back. The bass season hasn't begun yet.

But Matthew kept casting into Lake Emma for walleye.

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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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