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Fishing report: Full moon could lead to bigger fish this week

Anglers who have a chance to put in some hours on the ice this week might get rewarded with some bigger fish if trends of recent years hold during this week’s full moon.

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“In past years, I’ve noticed a definite trend that the full moon in January produces some big fish,” Dana Freese of Christopherson Bait in Alexandria said on Monday. “You’re not going to get a lot of fish, and you might have to spend all night out in the fish house, but it’s definitely a good time of year to catch those larger fish.”

Not a lot has changed in the last week with a lot of anglers choosing to go after crappies and other pan fish as the walleye bite goes through a lull after the new year.

“Guys are still fishing crappies,” Freese said. “That’s kind of been the most consistent way to get fish. The walleye fishing is starting to slow down a little bit. More and more guys are buying different kinds of minnows or trying to find a different hook style. It’s normal that it starts to wind down this time of year.”

Those who choose to take their chances on walleyes this week might want to go deeper. That and exhibit some patience with the possibility of being rewarded with some bigger fish.

“I think most of the guys are just putting down a medium to large-sized shiner minnow and pretty much waiting them out,” Freese said. “When you’re talking about large fish, it’s not necessarily a guarantee. If I had green weeds, I wouldn’t mind sticking around a weed line. Otherwise I would probably start to slide out deeper. I wouldn’t fish around any of the brown, dead weeds.”

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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