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What's Up Outdoors: The bite is still on

Now that the walleye/pike season has ended with a bang we can focus on all the other species still open--well unless you weren't quick enough to get your house off the lake, then you will be busy with that.

Jamie Dietman shows off the "big one that almost got away" while ice fishing recently on Lake of the Woods. Photo courtesy Jamie Dietman
Jamie Dietman shows off the "big one that almost got away" while ice fishing recently on Lake of the Woods. Photo courtesy Jamie Dietman

Now that the walleye/pike season has ended with a bang we can focus on all the other species still open-well unless you weren't quick enough to get your house off the lake, then you will be busy with that.

I've been targeting trout lately but took a break to go to Lake of the Woods and get some walleyes, sauger and perch. And as usual the big lake didn't disappoint.

We arrived to be greeted with wind and cold temps so I really didn't expect a great bite. Boy was I wrong. We drove out 17 miles and got the fish house set up as quickly as possible as it wasn't a day for hole hopping. Before I even got the heater lit my buddy Travis had one up the hole. I tied up a gold spoon and a green glow shot spoon and didn't change baits after that. It turned out to be one of the best bites I've seen and for three hours it was non stop and it was chaos trying to use two lines.

We filled our limits and got some huge bonus perch and had a couple big ones on but never landed any. But I wasn't just lucky, I stopped at Outdoors Again bait shop in Baudette to tell them how great our day was and they said it just seems to be getting better when the bite should be slowing down. With that said I'll be heading back this week for sure. But maybe I'll have to swing through Lake Superior along the way.

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

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