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Fishing Report
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Another walleye and pike season has been put to rest for a while, so most anglers have turned their attention to the many different trout that the area has to offer. Some nice lake trout have been active up in the Boundary Waters on lakes such as Snowbank, Knife, Thomas and Basswood. Getting into these lakes can be a struggle, as most of the lakes are covered in fifteen inches of snow, so travel on skis or snowshoes are the only way in if you're not running a sled dog team. Outside the Boundary Waters you can also pick up lakers on Snowbank and Burntside. Most folks have been using white jigging tubes, small spoons, Jigging Raps, and Chubby Darters worked rather aggressively throughout the water column. For a dead stick or tip-up, most are using either frozen smelt or a live minnow fished right on the bottom. The lake trout have been most active in waters from thirty to sixty feet deep.

Stream trout have been active too, with some rainbows up to twenty-two inches being brought to the hole on Tofte, Miners, and High and Dry lakes. Small spoons like Tumblers, Tinglers, Swedish Pimples and Buckshots will do the trick. Small jigs tipped with wax worms or salted crappie minnows will work as well. One group pulled a couple of splake from Tofte Lake that tipped the scale around five pounds, which are definitely bragging size.

Crappie anglers have been few and far between, but this action should kick into gear over the next few weeks.