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Dylan Moore, 5, of Park Rapids, was actually pushing slush over his fish hole so no one could discover it before fishing began. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Thousands drop a line at Park Rapids Community Fishing Derby

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More than 1,750 people, dressed like a casting call for the movie "Fargo," surged out onto frozen Fish Hook Lake Saturday for the 13th annual Park Rapids Community Fishing Derby.


With volunteers, their numbers easily surpassed 2,000 on ice.

The catch and release festival registered 286 fish that anglers were willing to take to the weigh station.

Hundreds more, many as small as the live bait used, were chucked quickly back into the drink.

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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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