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Fishing report: Big fish getting hard to find

The big fish are getting harder to find for a lot of anglers as they head into the New Year, but fish were still being caught on some of the common lakes in the area.

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“It’s going all right,” Dillan Berglin of Christopherson Bait in Alexandria said last Friday. “Not too many big fish being caught. I’ve heard quite a few fish on Reno, Miltona, L’Homme Dieu and quite a few on Ida still, but there is a lot of slush. That’s making it pretty difficult to get out there. A lot of people are driving, but I still wouldn’t recommend it.”

Jigging on the edge of weed beds with fathead and shiner minnows was still effective for walleyes. Anglers are also starting to turn their attention toward pan fish with wax worms along weed beds in as shallow as 12 feet of water on some lakes.

A drastic change in temperatures was expected to hit the area this past weekend with a high of 26 on Saturday to a high of 9 below zero on Sunday. Berglin said he would not be surprised if those cold temperatures slow the bite down considerably with highs of below zero expected to stick around until the middle of this week.

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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