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What's Up Outdoors: Get after some aggressive trout

As I have been planning a trout fishing trip to northern Minnesota for the last month, it turns out we will be able to fish for them right here. It was released last fall that certain trout lakes in Minnesota would be accessible to winter trout f...

As I have been planning a trout fishing trip to northern Minnesota for the last month, it turns out we will be able to fish for them right here.

It was released last fall that certain trout lakes in Minnesota would be accessible to winter trout fishing, and then earlier last week it was released that many of the Crosby mine pits would also be open. This will be a great opportunity for fishermen to take a break from the usual and try their luck at some rainbow trout fishing.

Although many of these stocked lakes have lots of 12 inch fish, you will occasionally catch fish 20 inches or bigger. But even so, the smaller fish put a pretty good bend in a medium action ice rod.

One of the main tips I can give you for fishing these is keep your lure moving. Trout are very aggressive and will almost always swim away if you do not keep them excited. As far as lures go, you want to bring everything from your walleye gear to your panfish hooks. Try everything from larger buckshot spoons and jigging raps all over the water column to a very small plain hook a couple of inches from the bottom. If you do venture out on the mine pit lakes use extreme caution, due to the depths, these lakes freeze late and are very slow to make ice.

Also, the Extravaganza is a go. Without any snow on the lake, be sure to wear your ice cleats. If the stores run out like they usually do, a few dozen sheet metal screws will do the trick. And as usual, I am sure the weather will turn cold the day before the contest as it always does, so make sure to add a few layers.

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Another thing to remember is to bring the kids and check out the On Ice Olympics held at center ice. This is a great way for them to show off their ice fishing skills and win some great prizes. Hope to see you on the ice. Stop by and say "hi." We will be at the Strikemaster/Marcum trailer showing off all the new products. Good luck to everyone fishing the Extravaganza, and remember, even if it is a small fish - bring it to the weigh-in tent. It just might be big enough.

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

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