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What's Up Outdoors: Great trout fishing closer than you think

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As the cold winter days seem to drag on and on, fisherman are looking to try something new and break the same routine of going to the same spot and fishing for the same fish day after day. Well I have a great fishing destination only a couple of hours away.

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We went up and fished the glacial lakes of the Red Lake Nation. They offer winter trout fishing trips for brook and rainbow trout and it’s only three hours from Brainerd.

If you have ever wanted to see what it is like to fish in the middle of the wilderness away from everybody, this is it. I have been up there a few times and cannot get enough — the fight is crazy and chances are if you don’t bring tough enough gear you will go home with a broken rod or two and with a few less lures in your tackle box.

The rainbows were averaging 20 inches and the biggest was 24 inches. The brooks were 12-14 inches, so you will catch some trophies.

Darwin Sumner is the guy in charge and he runs the guide service out of Seven Clans Casino. There is not a fish pound-for-pound that fights like a trout — boy are they fun. So if you want to chase some of these for yourself you do not have to drive to Canada, there is a great spot close to home. They also offer sunfish, crappie, northern, bass, walleye and lake trout fishing in the summer. Their newest addition is guided trips and fish house rentals out of Warroad on Lake of the Woods.

If you are interested check out http://www.redlakeoutdoors.net/ you won’t be disappointed.

JAMIE DIETMAN, What’s Up Outdoors, may be reached at 218-820-7757.

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