— Heavy rains definitely kept most of the fair-weather fishermen out of area waters at sunrise early Saturday morning as the Minnesota fishing opener kicked off for anglers looking to net popular fish species including walleye, bass and northern pike.
Pat Kochlin, of Jordan, kept busy during the morning as he fished off a small wooden dock along the Middle Fork Crow River.
"I'm looking to catch anything that will move," Kochlin said with a laugh.
Upstream on Nest Lake, Kelly Morrell and fishing friend Scott Van Buren were on the hunt for northern pike, although Morrell said they weren't fishing for keeps this day, just for the fun of catching and releasing.
Over on Foot Lake in Willmar, Lake Lillian resident Bob Epema couldn't believe he was the first boat to launch bright and early just before 7 a.m. as a steady rain fell.
Overall, anglers throughout Kandiyohi County had a plethora of options for local lakes to hit up this weekend. Popular spots included Green Lake, Norway Lake, Lake Wakanda, Ringo Lake, Nest Lake and Foot Lake.
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