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Fishing Report
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As the trout season draws to a close, some anglers are still venturing out and picking up a few nice fish. The ice conditions have been improving as the warmer temps begin to melt some of the snow and slush on area lakes. Travel by four-wheeled vehicles is possible now and should continue through the end of the month when the season officially closes. Burntside Lake has seen the most activity and folks there are managing to catch a few trout up to eight pounds. Bait of choice has been hands down the white tube jigs by Gitzit or Berkley fished throughout the water column. The stream trout lakes such as Tofte, High, Dry Miners, and the Glacier ponds have been turning out decent catches of rainbows and splake. Small spoons and salted minnows are working well.

Crappie and sunny fishermen have begun to pick up fish on Birch, East Twin, Low, and Fall Lakes. There still remains some slushy areas, but travel is still possible by sled or four-wheelers. Minnows are the bait of choice for many, however, a good number of anglers are beginning to see the merits of using small plastics on a jig to tempt the active feeders. Some will tip their offerings with wax worms, just to add a little scent to their baits. Gulp plastics by Berkley have a great scent built right in to their line of artifical baits that some fish find irresitable.

If you haven't done much ice fishing this season, now is the time to get out there while the weather is mild and ice remains relatively safe for travel.