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This Saturday, about 500,000 anglers will visit Minnesota waters to catch a fish. Here's a closer look.

Leech Lake anglers will be able to keep a wider size range of walleye starting on the 2019 fishing opener, officials announced Monday, Dec. 10. Forum News Service file photo

The Minnesota fishing opener is a rite of passage each spring, with hundreds of thousands of anglers heading to lakes and rivers across the state in the hopes of catching a walleye.

Here's a closer look at key facts surrounding the 2019 opener on Saturday, May 11.