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Plan for early fishing opener drawing strong opposition

Leaders say they're not hearing much support for a proposal to move up the fishing opener to a week before Mother's Day weekend.
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Leaders say they're not hearing much support for a proposal to move up the fishing opener to a week before Mother's Day weekend.

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