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Fish Report: Dipping temps slow down the bite

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The frigid temperatures that shut down schools all over the state on Monday aren’t good for the fishing either, but crappies have still been going pretty good for anglers who can keep on top of them.

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“With the cold weather and these fronts, it slows them down,” Jeremy Shuck of Christopherson Bait in Alexandria said. “But when it warms up, they’ve been biting really well. If you can move around and punch holes to stay on the school, it makes it a lot easier to find the fish. It sounds like they’re still catching crappies in the basins. I’m starting to hear that guys on these lower light days toward the evenings, the bluegill and crappies are being caught up in the weed lines in that 10-13 feet of water.”

Anglers who are still going after walleyes are finding the best luck on the bigger bodies of water in the area.

“There’s a lot of guys fishing to panfish, but there still are a fair number of guys going for walleyes,” Shuck said. “It’s been the bigger lakes that have been the most productive, like Ida, Miltona, Carlos, L’Homme Dieu. I’m hearing from a lot of guys who are starting to use shiners now and hanging them under a bobber on a set line. There are still a few guys jigging. I’m starting to hear of guys moving out deep, too, 22-28 feet of water off the weeds. The biggest thing is you don’t want to be fishing in the brown weeds.

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Eric Morken
Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.
(320) 763-1229
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