DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — Folks in Minnesota are gearing up for the fishing opener Saturday, and that means a lot of people are working tirelessly to make the day go smoothly.

"Very busy, hectic at times" said Shawn Hayes, a salesman for J & K Marine, describing the work leading up to the opener.

"I think we do live 700 plus boats and pontoons a year. And when fishermen want their boats, they want it now and there should be no problems with it", Hayes added.

Crews begin work about six to eight weeks before the opener, and coming off a brutal winter, work has piled up. And with Memorial Day coming up in just a few weeks, the work won't be slowing down any time soon.

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Even after the Memorial Day holiday, folks say they can't rest. There's the Fourth of July rush to deal with before they can finally catch their breath a little bit.

The fishing officially begins Saturday at midnight.