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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.

MORE FISHING COVERAGE IN NORTHLAND OUTDOORS:
On the St. Louis River Estuary, diehard angler Pam Zylka catches everything from sturgeon and walleye to drum and bass.
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Her father, Capt. Pat Znajda, and grandfather, Ted Znajda, both preceded her as Minnesota DNR conservation officers.
Breann Zietz of Minot said she was hunting in a ground blind when a curious cow moose walked in from downwind for a closer look.
It was a busy waterfowl opener at many public accesses, with a mixed bag of ducks being brought in. Waterfowl hunters took mallards, wood ducks, pintails, ring necks and teal.
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A rainy small game opener kept some hunters out of the woods, but others were able to locate birds.
Set up along a muddy riverbank in south Grand Forks, Caden Erickson was hoping to catch a catfish, when he got a bite about 8:30 p.m., shortly before dark.
Alexandria area fishing guide and host of Fishing the Midwest TV, Mike Frisch, details how he uses squarebill crankbaits to put bass in the boat during the fall season.
Doug Wendel’s Central Canada barren ground caribou ranks second for the three-year awards period.

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