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Quality Bait and Tackle owner John Store scoops up a handful of leeches in his store Wednesday morning. The bait shop was waiting for a large delivery of shiner minnows Wednesday morning in preperation of Saturday's fishing opener. DL NEWSPAPERS/Brian Basham

Signs point to good opener

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Things are looking good for this year’s fishing opener on Saturday – the ice has been off area lakes for about two weeks, the shiners have started to run, crappies are biting – and people are eager to get out on the open water after a long, cold winter.

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“It’s definitely better than last year,” said Quality Bait & Tackle owner John Store. “They’re talking 47 degrees (water temperature) on the opener. Last year it was probably 32.”

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