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Gary Peterson checks his stock of shiner minnows Thursday morning at Ken's Tackle on the southwest side of Otter Tail Lake. Peterson, the owner of the bait shop, sees a good opener ahead for anglers. The walleye-northern fishing season officially began at midnight Friday. Otter Tail, which is located 20 miles west of Wadena, is one of the state's top walleye lakes.

Conditions ripe for opener

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Fishermen anxious to fill their live wells with those slippery green walleyes may be in for a pleasant surprise this spring.

The wet weather period was due to end by Friday and a week of sunny weather and warmer temperatures is being forecast.

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Already a bit euphoric over the early ice-out and a pleasant April, Minnesota anglers will be dropping their boats into thousands of northern Minnesota lakes this weekend for the 2010 walleye-northern opener.

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