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Anglers hit the lakes for Minnesota’s 73rd Fishing Opener

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DULUTH, MN-- The Minnesota Fishing Opener is a 73-year-old legacy that still remains important to Northlanders every summer.

At Island Lake in Duluth, families showed up from all over the northland with their fishing rods and bait in hand.

Families spent time enjoying the lake breeze and hoping for the right catch.

Minnesota's Fishing Opener is a life-long tradition, marking the unofficial start of summer.

Fish like walleye are popular around this time, but there is always a chance of catching some bass, northern pike, and trout.

For Jamie Ross and his son Grant, they're carrying on a family tradition.

"This is the second year in a row that he and I have been out here together," Jamie says, "He's not big enough to get out here and enjoy it with me, which is super cool, and we're uh hopefully, we'll have a boat, hopefully at the end of the week, so there'll be a lot more of this."

The father-son duo didn't catch much, but their fishing trip was a chance to get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine.

Other anglers are enjoying the fishing season after COVID canceled their plans last year.

"We usually come out every year like I said, but last year we didn't because we were trying to stay away from everybody because of where we work," says Kathy Murashie.

Many anglers have hope for the season, saying they plan to fish much more this summer.

The Minnesota DNR said fishing license sales are up nearly 60 percent compared to 2019. Michigan's UP fishing opener was also today. Wisconsin's fishing opener was on May 1st.

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