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Minnesota fishing opener by the numbers

Temperatures will vary from the 60s in north to the 70s in the southern parts of the state.

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Anglers head out on Nest Lake on May 15, 2021 in Spicer, Minn.
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The Minnesota fishing opener kicks off Saturday, May 14, with mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies across the state.

Temperatures will vary from the 60s in north to the 70s in the southern parts of the state.

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My first walleye took the bait within a handful of minutes of dropping a line into Lake Winnibigoshish's 48-degree water.
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They call it the Minnesota “fishing opener,” but everyone knows the day is really about the walleye.
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Popular Lund boats made in New York Mills factory will be common on Minnesota lakes on fishing opener Saturday, May 14.
Only larger, deeper lakes in the Arrowhead still have ice.
With winter finally getting out of the way, Koel and Brewer talk about lake conditions, walleye spawning and their love of the outdoors.
Alexandria area fishing guide Mike Frisch goes over exactly how he finds success trolling jigs as anglers prepare for the May 14 walleye and pike opener in Minnesota.

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