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Published May 11, 2012, 06:54 PM

Area anglers ready to hit the water for Minnesota fishing opener

Lake Lida, MN (WDAY TV) - For some the wait ends in about an hour and a half with midnight fishing on the opener. The anglers spent all day prepping to make sure they could get out early tomorrow.

By: Jody Norstedt, WDAY

For some the wait ends in about an hour and a half with midnight fishing on the opener. The anglers spent all day prepping to make sure they could get out early tomorrow.

Jeff Paur – Breckenridge: “It's kind of like a national holiday. We wait all year for the open of fishing.”

Brad Fredrickson: “I guess the closest comparison would be the Minnesota deer opener. It only happens once a year.”

The Minnesota Walleye opener is the most important day in a fisherman's year. Today may be just as important because it’s the last chance to make sure everything is working before you hit the water.

Ron Teschner – Wahpeton: “It usually takes a good day of making sure the boats coming out of storage and all of your equipment is ready.”

Brad Fredrickson: “Going through, checking all of your electrical connections for fish finders, for trolling motors.”

It's just another year for Brad Fredrickson. The West Fargo resident has been fishing opening day on Lake Lida since he was a kid.

Brad Fredrickson: “I probably do more preparing for it than I need to. That’s what I hear from my wife, anyway.”

Fredrickson offered me to tag along for his trip to go get bait. It wasn't your typical run to the bait shop. He, along with his fishing buddies, capture their own shiner minnows.

Brad Fredrickson: “We've been doing that for a few years. It's nice actually. It's also kind of part of it. We put the waders on and take the sane net and walk up and down and see if we can't get our own shiners.”

Now with his preparation behind him, he joins the rest of Minnesota fisherman dreaming about a successful opening day.

Brad Fredrickson: “High expectations, but we don't get too disappointed if they don't pan out. Like I said, it's a lot of the tradition and who you get to spend time with and fish with. We'll give it a good shot tomorrow anyways. The weather is supposed to be pretty nice. So, we'll spend quite a lot of time on the water.”

Look for a full Opening Day report from Little Pine Lake in Perham on Saturday.

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