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As outdoors get-togethers go, they don't get much bigger than this. Nearly 1 million anglers, give or take a few thousand, will hit their favorite lake or stream Saturday for the opening of Minnesota's fishing season. "The Walleye Opener," it's u...

As outdoors get-togethers go, they don't get much bigger than this.

Nearly 1 million anglers, give or take a few thousand, will hit their favorite lake or stream Saturday for the opening of Minnesota's fishing season.

"The Walleye Opener," it's unofficially called, but the opening of fishing season also heralds the beginning of fishing for northern pike and trout.

A late spring this year means anglers will find some of their favorite lakes still locked in ice Saturday morning. Lake of the Woods still was largely ice-covered as of Thursday, but anglers can access the Rainy River and Four-Mile Bay just beyond the mouth of the Rainy.

No guarantees, of course, but there should be a few hungry walleyes laying in wait.

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Wherever the road leads Saturday morning, the opening day of fishing season is about more than catching. It's tradition, and in many parts of the state, a driving force of local economies.

Brad Dokken joined the Herald company in November 1985 as a copy editor for Agweek magazine and has been the Grand Forks Herald's outdoors editor since 1998.

Besides his role as an outdoors writer, Dokken has an extensive background in northwest Minnesota and Canadian border issues and provides occasional coverage on those topics.

Reach him at bdokken@gfherald.com, by phone at (701) 780-1148 or on Twitter at @gfhoutdoor.
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