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By Chris Conte

Fishermen ready for walleye opener

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FARIBAULT (KTTC-DT)-- It's a multi-million dollar industry for the state of Minnesota. With the walleye opener scheduled for Saturday, officials say they've already sold 30,000 more fishing licenses from this same time last year.

"It's what Minnesota is, it's the opener, it's what everyone comes out to do," says fisherman Brad Brocher.

John Kubinski, owner of John's Bait and Tackle in Faribault has already sold a few dozen fishing licenses and live bait is going fast.

"This is what I've been gearing up for all spring," Kubinski says.

Bait shops, restaurants, bars and hotels are all looking forward to the business that is the sport of fishing.

"Everybody hopes they catch something on the opener," Brocher adds.

Also out fishing, Governor Tim Pawlenty and Lt. Governor Carol Molnau. Both are scheduled to participate in several events on Friday and will be fishing on Lake Kabetogama, Saturday morning.

Kabetogama is one of four lakes that make up Voyageurs National Park. Situated near the U.S.-Canadian border in northeastern Minnesota, it has miles of pristine undeveloped shoreline and 25,000 acres of water.

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