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fishlakeman

I'm just curious about what you locals predict about the ice out of Otter Tail? What is the average ice out date? What are some good ice out crappie lakes near OtterTail?

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Paul Rohweller

My thoughts on ice out. Week and a half before walleye opener. Unless the weather takes a drastic turn twards spring then it will be earlier. The Mn Dnr has a webpage with average ice out dates and records for earliest and latest ice outs, someone usually posts a link to fishingminnesota, Might be in the open water section.. I've been out west fishing this weekend and havent been next to pooter for awhile.. Sure felt good to get back in the boat! Paul

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fishlakeman

So with the weather we've been having, will that date get any sooner? The earilier the ice out, the better the fishing has been on Otter Tail on opener for me. So I hopes it comes soon. Another question, does anyone do any perch fishing before opener on OT? I say this because I caught 30 perch that were 11-12.5 inches last opener over an hours strech. I've never knew there were constant #'s of 12 inch perch in that lake. I usually get #'s of 10 inchers with an occational 11 or 12.

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MarkV

I tried the week before opener for Perch on OT where I had caught them in fall. We did not catch any perch (or anything else). However, when I got back to the launch the dnr was there and he was very upset with me. Did not believe I was fishing for perch (too heavy of equipment, jigs, bait, moving around, etc). It did not matter what I said. I was hoping for a better first time experience with the officer with my young daughter. I think perch could be caught during that time of year but I am not sure how to do it and not get into trouble on OT.

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