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Fish Report: Bite could warm up with the weather

The bite on many Douglas County lakes right now is still pretty spotty with most anglers still going after panfish. The good news is there might be a reprieve on the way from the weather.

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“Walleye fishing has slowed down,” Dick Gustafson of Christopherson Bait in Alexandria said on Monday. “There’s still some being caught; Ida and Miltona being the best and a few left on the Chain.

“Most people are now switching over to panfish, crappies and sunfish. That bite has been OK, not great. It’s pretty spotty. There are a few on Darling. I understand that Lake Louise and Little Mary, some of the smaller lakes in the area are putting out some pretty decent crappies.”

The extended cold stretch that hit the Alexandria area in the past couple of weeks was finally supposed to end this week. Temperatures were forecast to be in the low 20s on Thursday and possibly into the low 30s by next week. That could mean good things for fishing too as more anglers get back out on the ice.

“Definitely, the warm weather will help the bite,” Gustafson said. “That’s for sure. It also helps so people can go out and fish.”

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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