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What's Up Outdoors: Good friends, new lakes make for fun fishing

Jamie Dietman with a trout he caught recently.

As we approach mid January that means two things: we head up north for the trout opener and next week is the Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza.

I think this year was our fourth annual or so trip to the cabin to chase some fish. With the deeper snow the lakes were very slushy and it definitely took snowmobiles to get around. This year we checked out some new lakes we found on the map but, other than a few perch, it was a bust. But it is always exciting to try new spots and not knowing what you will find.

Now as far as trout fishing, that was a little more exciting. I don't think I've ever had so many fish come through, with so many aggressive biters. There were a lot of smaller fish but that just means next year is already looking good. Within a couple hours we had our limits with some nice 16-inch-plus rainbows for the smoker, so it was time to switch species. And the crappies and bluegills did not disappoint. So I guess when you put together some good friends and some back country exploring good fishing just makes it a little better.

And as far as the Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza, it's a go! So get those tickets and come out and support some great organizations—and maybe win a truck.

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

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