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Anglers head outdoors for fishing opener


ALBERT LEA, Minn. (KTTC) -- Though temperatures were only in the 40s, that didn't stop some eager fishermen from getting out for this season's fishing opener.
Saturday is the day thousands across the state, take to their boats and grab a line for a day of fishing. Avid anglers made it out to Albert Lea Lake this morning to test out the waters.
 In Southern Minnesota lakes were open, but those looking to fish up north may be disappointed-as this season's unseasonable cold temperatures have kept many lakes frozen over.
 Still, some say there's plenty of places to go in Minnesota if you're looking to fish.

Jeff Gerhart says, "There's so many natural resources throughout the state of Minnesota, you know?  And so, this is a great opportunity for somebody who hasn't ever fished.  Go purchase a license and try it out, you know?  Sometimes you don't catch anything and sometimes the first thing that happens when you throw your line in the water, you catch a fish right away.  So, it's really interesting and there's so many different areas to check out."

According to Minnesota's Department of Natural Resources, fishing is a billion dollar industry that supports thousands of jobs annually.

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