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Was in Alex this weekend and was going to fish Darling but I'm a bit of a chicken when it comes to ice (some mean black spots and some open water around the edges on Darling) so I went over to Agnes where I saw some folks fishing. With no map & no idea where I was going or what kind of fish Agnes holds I walked out from the public access, drilled a couple of holes and proceeded to catch a bunch of really nice perch. I've never really fished perch intentionally before, so I set my personal record with two fish over 11". I think there's still a few days of walkable ice on the bay I was fishing so you might want to head out there.

Chartruese jigs and a waxie, 10'-11' feet of water -- if you catch a few smaller males, stick it out because the big ones are real close. Line up the Alex water tower w/ the boat landing gazebo and head out about 400 yards. Best of luck and be careful -- a few warm days and ice conditions could go downhill fast. Spike

P.S. Ghotierman -- stopped into Northeast Outfitters on Saturday. You've got a great lookin' place and your guys were very friendly and really helpful even though I only bought a pack of waxies. Next time I'm in the area I'll be sure to stop by and spend a little more.

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Spike, glad you had a good time this weekend! Agnes is one of the forgotten jewels of this area, along with her brother water, Henry. Both in-town lakes produce some decent panfish, nice perch, and an occasional northern. The water quality on both has improved measurably the last few years, and more anglers are taking advantage of the ample shoreline opportunities. There is a public pier off the city park on the north end of Agnes that's a nice early softwater panfish zone.

Thanks for the kind words about Northeast Outfitters, Spike. We're here to offer the best gear and information we can. Thanks again.

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