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Fishing Report: Panfish and weather heating up

The warm-up that drives panfish into shallower staging areas and anglers onto the ice for the final good bite of the ice fishing season, started to heat up this past week.

“There’s been a few more people getting out with the nice weather,” Jeremy Shuck of Christopherson Bait in Alexandria said on Monday morning. “They’re catching a lot of sunfish and crappies. Osakis has been good. I’ve heard of a few being caught off the chain, a few off of Ida and Miltona.”

Shuck said anglers should search for weed flats in depths ranging from about 10-15 feet of water. The warm weather makes it a lot easier for anglers to try to stay on top of the fish as they move around.

“They can be spread out amongst those weed flats,” Shuck said. “This time of year with it being so nice, a lot of guys will drill a lot of holes, and they just kind of hop from hole to hole. Catch a couple fish in one and continue on to the next hole.”

Temperatures are expected to be near 70 on Wednesday and close to 60 through the rest of the week. That might not feel like ice fishing weather to some, but this time of year can prove to be one of the better panfish bites of the winter season for those who chase them.

“It can be really good,” Shuck said. “[Sunday] was around 60 degrees. It’s a good time to catch a lot of fish and introduce some young kids to ice fishing. It’s not too hard to sit out there right now.”

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.

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