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Northwoods Fishing Season Off to Slow Start

David de la Luz

Heading into the second weekend of fishing season, conditions look slightly more favorable than they did for the opener.

Mel’s Trading Post Owner Mitch Mode says more and more lakes are opening up.    

“Well things are looking better, we’ve had some warm weather this week, we’ve had some rain. Rain certainly helps break up the ice. Warm weather starts to drive the water temperature up, and everything comes around water temperature.”

That temperature affects fish spawning cycles, and that affects what fish do and where they can be found. 

Mode says so far he’s heard reports of pretty good panfishing, and okay to good walleye fishing.  But he says trout fishing has been impacted by high water levels in streams.

“Trout fishing was very much impaired this year, because we’ve had so much water and late thaw, that the trout streams are out of the banks. And it’s very difficult to fish in those conditions. So trout fishing for many people was simply a nonfactor this week.”

Meanwhile, musky season doesn’t open until later this month.  

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