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Rough start to Minnesota fishing opener

Brice Ehnert, in black, reels in a sunfish as he fished from Long Bridge with grandfather Steve Ehnert, in the jean jacket, and several other anglers Saturday morning. Steve said it was too cold to be out on the lake for the fishing opener and the panfish were biting at Long Bridge. "Between the two of us, I hope we can catch enough for supper," Steve said. Brian Basham/DL Newspapers

Cold, rainy, windy conditions greeted anglers in the lakes area Saturday morning for the 2011 Minnesota fishing opener. East winds at 10-20mph made for rough conditions on many lakes, and only a handful of empty trailers were seen at several popular public accesses.

Sunday's forecast calls for sunshine and temperatures above 60 degrees, so many anglers may be waiting out the weather and trying again Sunday morning.

The largest group of Saturday morning anglers was at Long Bridge near Detroit Lakes fishing for panfish off the bridge. Sunfish and bluegills were biting and "very few crappies," according to Steve Ehnert of Vergas, who was fishing from the bridge with his grandson, Brice.

Ehnert said it was too cold to be on the lake for the opener Saturday morning, and the panfish were biting at Long Bridge.

"Between the two of us, I hope we can catch enough for supper," he said.

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