Will it be an ice-free fishing opener?

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Apr 22, 2014 at 11:25 am

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Bait shops, resorts and other businesses in northern Minnesota are watching the weather and hoping for warmer temperatures to melt the ice on lakes before the fishing opener next month.

Bait and tackle shop owner Scott Youngstrom is one of many hoping for an opener without ice, but says some lakes still have a thick covering of ice. Youngstrom says last year's icy opener really hurt business.

Angler Jeff Somrock asays the Knife River Monday was surprisingly good. As for the ice on inland lakes, Somrock is predicting the ice will be out May 9, just in time for the May 10th opener.

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