Chris Schultz

Outdoors Column

By Chris Schultz

Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal & Howard Lake Herald, Minn.

February 9, 1998

Area lakes fishing report

The walleye and northern pike season may be extended by a few weeks.

Fishing derbies and kids' fishing events are in the works and the weather has been super for outdoor activities. However, the fish still aren't biting.

You'd think with so much political and promotional activity going on, the angling action would pick up.

In fact, the opposite seems to be true. Pail flipper reports from around the area describe fishing as slow, poor, nothing, and "I'd be happy with the good old hit-and-miss action."

Joe's Sport Shop in Howard Lake reported: "Action has been slow and there haven't been a lot of anglers out. Howard Lake and Dog Lake have been the only lakes in the area producing fish that we have heard about. Dog is producing a few crappies and anglers on Howard are catching small sunfish on the north end."

Danny Radtke of Radtke's Bait and Tackle near Winsted reported: "I spoke with a few anglers who caught their limit of sunnies on Swan Lake near Silver Lake last week. Lake Ripley near Litchfield is producing sunfish for anglers heading onto the lake off the south access and then taking a path to the east. Anglers fishing Lake Francis north of Cokato are catching northern pike on medium-sized shiners and small sucker minnows."

Danny also noted, quite a few anglers have been heading to Lake Ann with wax worms and fat heads and anglers should keep their eyes on Lakes Ida and Mary. With the weather warming up, the sunfish action on those two lakes could pick up.

Ice fishing could be extended

The walleye and northern pike season may be extended by a few weeks.

Fishing derbies and kids' fishing events are in the works and the weather has been super for outdoor activities. However, the fish still aren't biting.

You'd think with so much political and promotional activity going on, the angling action would pick up.

In fact, the opposite seems to be true. Pail flipper reports from around the area describe fishing as slow, poor, nothing, and "I'd be happy with the good old hit-and-miss action."

Joe's Sport Shop in Howard Lake reported: "Action has been slow and there haven't been a lot of anglers out. Howard Lake and Dog Lake have been the only lakes in the area producing fish that we have heard about. Dog is producing a few crappies and anglers on Howard are catching small sunfish on the north end."

Danny Radtke of Radtke's Bait and Tackle near Winsted reported: "I spoke with a few anglers who caught their limit of sunnies on Swan Lake near Silver Lake last week. Lake Ripley near Litchfield is producing sunfish for anglers heading onto the lake off the south access and then taking a path to the east. Anglers fishing Lake Francis north of Cokato are catching northern pike on medium-sized shiners and small sucker minnows."

Danny also noted, quite a few anglers have been heading to Lake Ann with wax worms and fat heads and anglers should keep their eyes on Lakes Ida and Mary. With the weather warming up, the sunfish action on those two lakes could pick up.

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