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Fishing Report
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The extreme cold temperatures of late did little to dissuade many anglers from their quest to find some fish for the dinner table. Several good reports have been coming in from the local trout lakes that have many anglers optimistic.Lake trout up to eight pounds have been coming forth from Burntside Lake, and that shows that the fish population remains stable there. If last season was any indication, then this year should prove to be as fruitful. White tubes and Jigging Raps have been doing an exceptional job of luring these hard fighting fish to bite. Some are also using spoons and doing moderately well. Stream trout have been coming on stronger as the lake conditions continue to improve. Miners Pit and Tofte Lake are still the top two as far as success rates go. Rainbow trout up to twenty-three inches have been coming to the hole in Miners and Tofte Lake has given up a few splake in the five to six pound range. Tiny jigs tipped with wax worms or small spoons worked in relatively shallow water have been working well. Glacier Ponds have also been in the sights of anglers seeking nice rainbow trout.

The walleye fishermen seem to have little success lately as most local lakes have seen a decline in the number of keeper size fish. Although, with some determination and a whole lot of hole hopping, there's still the opportunity to come away with a stringer of fish for the pan. Northern pike action has been steady, but few fish over the forty inch slot have been reported. Suckers fished along saddles and weedy drop-offs were still the best place to target these toothy, hard fighting creatures.

Lake conditions are just now becoming safe to travel as ice thickness has been around fifteen to sixteen inches and any slush that was covering the surface has been frozen with the recent advent of sub-arctic temperatures.