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In this file photo made May 13, 2006, Ryan Nelson nets a walleye for Ralph Nelso

Zeal for early fishing opener fades


ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The appetite for letting Minnesota's anglers hit the lakes a week earlier for the annual walleye opener seems to be fading at the state Capitol, judging by a hearing Monday.

Minnesota senators involved in outdoors issues spoke against shifting the opener from May 12 to May 5 during a hearing where no vote was taken. The proposal could be added, however, to a broader fish and game bill that may get a vote by the full Senate as soon as Tuesday.

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