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Fish Report: Still waiting for the final flurry of action

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Anglers are still waiting for that warm up that pushes panfish shallow and creates the last really good bite before the melt.

Dick Gustafson of Christopherson Bait in Alexandria said things have been slow with a lot of anglers

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“We’ve been fishing in March, but right now nothing has really changed much,” Gustafson said. “Smith Lake is still putting out some sunfish and crappies. Osakis is still going, and they’ve moved a little shallower. I think Little Mary is still putting out some fish; some sunfish and crappies.”

The weather hasn’t cooperated in moving the thaw along through much of March. Temperatures were expected to stay around freezing through much of the week, but a warm stretch is on the way with highs calling for the low 50s on Sunday. Temperatures are expected to stay above freezing for much of the next week.

“They should be staging not far from where they’re going to move,” Gustafson said of the panfish right now. “They’re not going to spawn for a long time. When they move into the shallow water, they’re feeding. They’re going in there for bugs and other things.”

When that happens, anglers are often rewarded with the final really good bite of the ice fishing season.

“Usually once they move in, you’ll be fishing 4, 6, 8 feet of water,” Gustafson said. “What usually happens is guys go out there and drill a bunch of holes and just go walk around and look down the holes, and you can see them. You don’t need a locator or anything. You can see them down there in that shallow water, especially with our lakes being as clear as they are now.”

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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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