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Fishing Report
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Trout fishing has been dominating the angling scene even as the walleye and northern pike season is winding down, Walleye and pike season ends on the 24th of February this year, so if you desire these species of fish here in the North land, it's time to get out there and get in on the action. Many of the larger lakes have seen very little activity, but those venturing out on some of the smaller, out of the way lakes have been producing some decent catches. The fish seem to be a bit lethargic, so most are relying on a dead stick or tip-up to do the job. Fatheads or crappie size minnows seem to be the most productive.

The lake trout action on Burntside Lake remains steady, although most are reporting that the lakers are on the small size with two to three pounders being the norm, although some lakers are tipping the scales in the eight to ten pound range. White tubes have been responsible for the best success rates, with a lively minnow fished right on the bottom becoming a close second. Try your hand at working the entire water column in waters from thirty-five to sixty feet of water. Some nice rainbows are being caught on Miners Pit and Tofte Lake. Small dark colored jigs tipped with either a salted minnow or wax worm will work, however the hole-hopping fishermen are scoring some larger trout on small spoons.

Crappie action is picking up momentum on lakes such as Birch, Fall, and East Twin. Tiny jigs tipped with a minnow or wax worms have been working well. Jigging Raps and Jigging Shad Raps in size two or three have been taking some nice size crappies as the most aggressive fish are striking them usually on the first drop down the hole. There are times that the continued jigging action draws the attention of the fish and they just may strike a minnow fished near by. Try tipping the Raps with a couple of wax worms to add some scent and to encourage the fish to hold on long enough to get a good hook set.