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Minnesota Department of Natural Resources large lake specialist Doug Schultz, at right, gently "strips" a female walleye at a walleye trap near Woman Lake. The eggs are mixed with milt, carefully stirred with a feather and eventually brought to a hatchery, where their hatch rate is much greater compared to the natural world. (Jason Durham / For the Enterprise)

Stocking walleye and other species is tedious but rewarding

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The 2009 Minnesota Fishing Opener has finally arrived amidst a buzz of activity; anglers purchasing a new fishing license, bait shops scurrying to count worms and leeches to fill their coolers and gas stations overflowing with vehicles and trailers as people get ready to embark on their opening weekend exploits.


The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has also been busy preparing for opener, but their strategies start months -even years - ahead of time.

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