By Chris Schultz Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal & Howard Lake Herald, Minn. January 19, 1998
Area lakes fishing report
In recent angling action from around the area, one pail flipper reported all of his snow bird buddies in Texas, Arizona, Florida, and New Mexico are laughing at him from sunny skies and warm breezes.
This local angler decided to stick around home this winter to do some serious ice fishing and made the mistake of telling his sunbathing buddies that he hasn't caught enough fish this winter to fill a frying pan. The pail flipper stated the fishing has been so slow around here, he's heading south to visit the Yellow Rose of Texas, as soon as his auger runs out of gas.
Other reports have Lake Ann producing a few crappies on a hit and miss basis. One night they bite at a decent pace and the next they don't bite at all. Lake Ann has always been a weather sensitive lake. The time to be on Ann is just before a low pressure front moves through.
Also, Lake Mary has been producing a few crappies for anglers fishing in 10 to 13 feet of water just out from the sportsmen's club landing.
Joe's Sport Shop in Howard Lake reported: There has been a lot of activity on area lakes with Ann seeing most of the action. Ida is producing a few small sunnies. Anglers on Howard are catching good-sized crappies in the early morning hours and The northern pike action has also been good.
- Mink Lake in Wright County is one of 13 lakes in Minnesota receiving new experimental fishing regulations for 1998. On Mink Lake anglers will be restricted to a possession limit of five sunfish, five crappies, 10 yellow perch, and two walleyes. All largemouth bass must be immediately returned to the water and the possession or use of all live minnows is prohibited.
- If you're one of the lucky anglers that has caught a few sunfish this winter try frying the fillets in a cajun batter with a little hot sauce on the top. If you like hot buffalo wings you love spicy sunfish fillets.
- Put new line on your jiggle sticks and sharpen your hooks.
- Plan your fall hunting trips now.
- Winter has finally arrived and it seems most people have welcomed it with open arms, frozen fingers, wet feet and in the near future - hopes of an early spring.