After the winter Minnesotans endured, all anybody really asked for out of the fishing season's opening day was open water. This one produced so much more than that, Dennis Anderson reports from Crane Lake. C16
Also: Doug Smith, from Gull Lake C16
Anderson has been the Star Tribune outdoors columnist since 1993. Before that, for 13 years, he wrote the outdoors column for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. He covers hunting, fishing, camping, boating, paddling and other outdoor activities, as well as natural resource conservation. Follow @stribdennis
More than a few duck hunters attended their friend's funeral Thursday, and to recall a time in this state when waterfowl were so plentiful a man could define his life by their comings and goings and by everything that attended those passages: cold mornings, wet retrieving dogs and muddy waders.