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FISHING

With the ice finally gone on most Minnesota lakes, the spring fish harvest is in full swing. Tribal members say the annual ritual of gathering fish through spearing or netting provides a vital food source for the community and preserves a cultural tradition.
Only larger, deeper lakes in the Arrowhead still have ice.
With winter finally getting out of the way, Koel and Brewer talk about lake conditions, walleye spawning and their love of the outdoors.
Alexandria area fishing guide Mike Frisch goes over exactly how he finds success trolling jigs as anglers prepare for the May 14 walleye and pike opener in Minnesota.

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Temperatures will vary from the 60s in north to the 70s in the southern parts of the state.
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Jigs have caught more world-record fish than any other lure and will be the go-to choice for many anglers on Minnesota's fishing opener May 14.
Shortly after ice-out, huge numbers of walleye migrate from their open-water wintering areas to spawn near warmer water from the rivers feeding Green Bay, an arm of Lake Michigan just a handful of hours east of Minnesota.
Rivers (but not the St. Louis) may be better options for early fishing.
“I’ve been fishing here since I was a teenager, and it feels great to get my first National Walleye tour win on this body of water,” said Brookings angler Dustin Kjelden.
"I like that I can just grab my poles and gear and head out here to fish after a day of work and not have to get everything ready like you do for a boat," said Dana Dozark, a Chamberlain area angler who fishes the Missouri River shorelines.

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Polluted sediment removal in the St. Louis River Estuary at the site has been delayed.
The jig and minnow approach is a good one, and jig size, color and how an angler is fishing them often plays a role in the number of walleyes put in the boat.
This is the second straight year the NWT is holding an event in Chamberlain

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