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Kim Wagner, co-owner of Hi-Banks Resort on Fish Lake north of Duluth, stands on the solid ice of Fish Lake on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. She and her husband, Tim, hope the ice will go out before Minnesota's fishing opener on May 11. (Clint Austin/Duluth News Tribune)

What if ice isn’t gone in time for fishing openers?

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What if?

That’s what anglers across the Northland are wondering. What if the ice doesn’t go out in time for Minnesota’s fishing opener on May 11 or Wisconsin’s opener on Saturday?


It could happen on many lakes, especially across the northern tier of our region. People in the fishing and tourism community hold divided opinions about whether anglers will find open water on Minnesota’s opener.

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