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Slow Opening Fishing Season

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They've been getting their boats, lines and lures ready, and today it's finally here. But the waters aren't exactly what they've been waiting for. The much awaited Minnesota fishing season opener is today.

After the looming prediction that many lakes would be ice covered, some anglers shied back, but others were determined to get out and find some open water.

The sound of spring should be of the birds singing, but around these lakes the wind overwhelmed the birds, and the fishermen.

It was easy to see the white caps on the lakes today kept the boats off, and it wasn't until a bridge could be seen, that Valley News Teams Kristi Larson found some fishermen.

"We're fishing, that's the important part." laughs Jeff Jensen, who was out on the bridge trying to catch some fish.

"We're fishing more like ice fishing like you would in the winter time, than summer time, just because the waters so cold right now." Jeff says.

It was a cool spring fishing day, but as Jeff says he's not surprised.

"This feels more like a typical fishing opener just because it seems like every Saturday that the fishing opener is, there's a cold front that moves through, and on Sunday when it's mothers day and you have to be home the weather turns nice." Jeff says.

But don't feel bad for Jeff, he doesn't have to be out fishing alone today.

"I get to be with my son, I get to fish, so those two things are a plus." Jeff laughs. And his son Justin agrees that it was nice being out today.

"It's a tradition," Justin Jensen says, "we've been doing it every year since I can remember."

Both are braving the wind for a chance to try and hook one.

"My bait is so light the wind blows it sideways more than allows it to go where we want it to be." says Jeff.

"Hopefully we can catch at least one." Justin says. They are just wishing for a catch, to make it a successful fishing trip. And after time, one comes along, but they are already looking forward to next weeks fishing.

"We should have out boat back out on the lake by next, hopefully next Saturday, we'll be out, fishing for real out on the lake." Jeff says.

And while no boats were on Big Detroit Lake, this made for a memorable year, on the shores.

The Quality Bait and Tackle Shop in Detroit Lakes says anglers aren't having the best luck catching fish today. They say that's because during cold fronts, fish are less active.

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