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What's Up Outdoors: Late-ice crappie bite heats up

Jamie Dietman shows off two large crappies he recently caught. Dietman said there's still ice left and the big crappies bite in the rain. Submitted Photo / Jamie Dietman

Although it has been a great last few weeks chasing panfish and getting to fish in snow, rain and sun I think we are ready for the seasons to change.

I do love this time of year when big crappies are usually easily found, and when found are eager to bite but it's time to get the boat ready for the river. The Rainy River walleye bite was really good until Wednesday when the Little and Big Fork rivers broke loose. But now the river is open all the way and it will be time for us to head up and chase sturgeon.

And in the midst of all this, it's turkey time. I have found a few birds but I have noticed while driving all over fishing lately I'm not seeing as many birds as usual. Possibly the winter took a toll on them, but even so there should be plenty around to chase.

We also started our first meeting for the Brainerd Warrior Fishing team and it sounds like there are over 80 anglers signed up so far, so if you have a boat and get the opportunity to volunteer we would love to have you.