What’s Up Outdoors: Now is the time to get ready for open water fishing

Late season ice fishing closed with a bang, and open water is right around the corner.

Jamie Dietman with two nice crappies caught during late season ice fishing. Photo courtesy Jamie Dietman

Only in Minnesota can you drive a truck on the ice one week and next thing you know the ice is social distancing itself from the shoreline.

We hit it hard chasing panfish last week and it didn’t seem to matter what lake we went to, the crappies were biting everything you put in front of them. The weird thing was, in some lakes they were as deep as 25 feet and in other lakes they were in 4 feet, but they seemed to be easily found. Although we did find a few nice bluegills for the most part they alluded us.

And with the nice weather we decided to wrap up trout season with one last trip to one of our honey holes and I do not think I’ve seen them more aggressive. They were almost too aggressive, hitting so fast most of them missed the hook several times before getting a hook set.

So that is ice season wrap up for me. Now I would normally have the boat headed to Rainy River but for the first time I can remember that isn’t going to happen. With all the landings closed the fish are going to get a well deserved break this year. Even though I have some private accesses to use I think we are just going to wait this thing out and play it safe.

With the lakes around here gaining open water as I type this you should probably get that new line on your reels and get the boat all cleaned up because we will be on open water soon enough.


See you on the water soon, and hang in there everyone, this too shall pass.

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

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