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Published April 18, 2012, 07:14 PM

Fishing pro Cory Heiser gives some tips to get ready for the Minnesota Fishing opener

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The warm weather we've enjoyed this spring has had plenty of anglers getting anxious about the unofficial state holiday in Minnesota, the walleye opener. Tonight we begin a series of stories to try and get you ready to get out on the water. First up is boat preparation with pro Corey Heiser.

By: Dom Izzo, WDAY

The warm weather we've enjoyed this spring has had plenty of anglers getting anxious about the unofficial state holiday in Minnesota, the walleye opener. Tonight we begin a series of stories to try and get you ready to get out on the water. First up is boat preparation with pro Corey Heiser.

Dom: “The last three weeks the weather has been up and down after we had a great March. If I'm an angler if I'm ready to get going, what is the first things I have to get ready to do?”

Corey Heiser – Fishing Pro: “If you're going to be out on the open water, which we’ve been waiting for all witner. We had a beautiful February and March. The ice went off real early. It’s time to get the boat ready and it’s time to make sure your engines are running. It’s time to make sure your wheel bearing are packed.

Dom: “The boat has been stuck in the garage all year. The first thing have to do to get ready?

Cory Heiser: “A few things that we want to do: I like to look inside the propeller, and make sure we’ve got no fishing line hanging out of the prop. The fishing line inside there can break up the seals and can cause some issues. Minnesota law now dictates you have to have your drain plug pulled out when driving. This is so we’re not transporting those aquatic nuisances, so it's a big deal. Check your fishing line on your pro. The other thing is, charge your batteries up, take a look at your connections, and start your engine if you haven’t started it since last fall.”

Dom: “How about some of the other things you may just forget?”

Cory Heiser: “State law requires us to have lifejackets, so make sure you have a lifejacket for every person that you’re going to have with you in the boat. Also, a throwable cusion, and have it accessible. It does you no good if someone falls into the lake and you’ve got it locked up in a compartment. Make sure you have this out and can throw it to someone if necessary.”

The opener is slated for May 12th....

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