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Published May 11, 2013, 05:27 PM

Today didn't look like the usual Minnesota fishing opener

Minnesota (WDAY TV) -- Today is practically a holiday in Minnesota. The fishing opener is usually a huge weekend on area lakes, but because of severe conditions those lakes looked like ghost towns.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Minnesota (WDAY TV) -- Today is practically a holiday in Minnesota. The fishing opener is usually a huge weekend on area lakes, but because of severe conditions those lakes looked like ghost towns.

Between the empty lakes, empty parking lots, and quiet bait shops, you'd never guess today was the Minnesota fishing opener.

Corey Askin/The Lake Place: "Very slow for a fishing opener."

The Lake Place in Lake Park spends weeks preparing for the opener each year, but this time was drastically different than what they've seen before.

Askin: "We spend about a month getting ready and it's usually just slammed throughout the day."

The conditions certainly aren't ideal for anglers to cast a line. Typically bustling Big Cormorant is still covered in a layer of ice.

Even on lakes that are completely open, the wind kept would-be anglers at home. That is, save for a few of the die-hard and determined.

Curt Ward/Fargo: "Minnesota fishing opener, we go every year."

Curt Ward of Fargo tried his luck on Lake Sallie, but the weather made it challenging.

Ward: "Really cold and windy. We spent about an hour out there, decided to come in, get something to eat, and then try a different lake."

But warm weather isn't far off. Next weekend could prove to be the "unofficial" fishing opener.

The slow opener was quite a contrast from last year, when the state considered opening fishing season early because of warm weather.

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