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What's Up Outdoors: Ice fishing season is upon us

Be safe venturing out on the early ice.

Well, I just couldn’t wait any longer to get out ice fishing, and since there was no way I was going to go to Red Lake and deal with literally thousands of people it was time to check ice around here.

I know some people have been venturing on some of the bigger lakes but even on some of the small ponds we were finding only 4 inches of ice. With the only goal of catching enough for a meal of fresh fish, that was accomplished pretty quickly.

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Once we get a little more safer ice it will be time to chase some bigger fish, but it was sure nice just to get out and try some new gear as well as fish. Some of the new tackle worked, some didn’t but it’s funny, no matter how many lures you have you usually end up going back to the old reliables, which for me is a small forage minnow.

I was, however, very impressed with the new Strikemaster 24 volt auger. Weighing in at only 13 pounds it will definitely be replacing the drill/auger combos that usually end up with a broken drill.


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I didn’t get much of a chance to try out the new fish houses being it’s been so nice out, but it sounds like winter will be here next week so it will be time to break them out.

Wherever you go good luck, and especially now, be safe out there..

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

Jamie Dietman

Jamie Dietman

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