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May 14, 2011

Minnesota fishing opener a cold one PHOTO GALLERY

MADISON LAKE — The Minnesota walleye opener typical defines a year for many anglers. Even though the weather rarely cooperates with fishermen during the opener, two weeks before the Memorial Day weekend, few Minnesota fishermen mind.

Public accesses around the state filled with empty boat trailers Saturday morning as fishermen braved scattered showers and a fall-like breeze seeking that precious walleye or northern. Most in our area found the fishing good, but the catching bad. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton had success Saturday morning, pulling in a 2 1/2-pound northern on Lake Pokegama during the Governor’s Fishing Opener.

For most anglers, this is only the beginning of a long quest for Minnesota’s popular game fish.

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