Anglers are finding the fish on area lakes

We are finally in the last week of January. Another winter month will be behind us.

It must be an age thing. Seems like I enjoy winter less every year.

Area anglers are a resilient bunch for sure. As I drove around this past weekend I noticed the lakes had lots of fish houses. Most of them had a vehicle parked next to them despite the frigid temperatures. Minnesotans just get use to winter and deal with it.

Angling success has been fairly good. January used to be a slow time for ice anglers, but not anymore. With all the electronics, anglers now find the fish in deeper water and stay on them all winter. As the season progresses anglers change tactics. They no longer do as well in the house clusters. Instead, they drill holes around the edges of good spots and find the fish that were pushed off by fishing pressure. Or, if you come to an area where the bite happens at dark you can start to look for the fish by drilling holes, usually towards deep water. My boys did that last Sunday and when they found fish at noon they were able to catch them quite easily.

Area lakes doing well are Cedar Lake, Prior Lake, Mazaska, German and Tetonka. All of these lakes are giving up panfish and some are of a decent size.

With a warming trend this week, things should be more comfortable on the ice. Maybe area roads will clear up too. I imagine it will snow now that it is a bit warmer.

Same old, same old stuff.


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