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Fishing Report
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With the summer season drawing to a close, many families were out on area lakes enjoying the good weather and active fish. Youngsters were having a ball catching some nice bass and panfish, and the occasional pike. Most of the bass caught were slamming spinner baits or top water lures fished right along the shorelines or under boat docks. Some of the smallmouth bass caught were exceeding the 20" mark, which are true trophy size fish. Some youngsters were having a ball catching most of their fish just using a crawler suspended under a bobber. This method was also effective in catching a good number of trout on the area local lakes such as Tofte, Miner's and the Glacier Ponds, right off the shore. Some anglers using boats to slow troll small crank baits, spinners and spoons were also reaping the rewards.

Walleye fishermen are still managing to catch decent numbers of good eating size walleyes in the fifteen to eighteen inch range. Crawler harnesses and crankbaits trolled along deep water breaks were the most effective. Although few true lunkers have been caught, anglers were still pleased to catch at least a few fish for the dinner table.

Lake trout are still to be had on Burntside lake, with most of those being caught in the three to seven pound range. Spoons and crank baits fished along the thermocline in approximately thirty to forty feet down have been most effective. Lure color didn'r seem to be as important as locating the fish and moving quietly along.

Now that the kids will be heading back to school, more of the serious anglers will be showing up to take advantage of the cooler temperatures and increased action as the water temperatures begin to plummet. These can be some of the most productive times of the season, as fish begin to put on the feed bag to see them through the winter months ahead.