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Good luck to everyone going out for this last weekend of walleye and pike season. Who all is going to hit the Derby this weekend? Talked to someone this morning who said that someone took a v-plow out on Blackduck to get it opened up and now the guys are plowing away to get it all ready for the contest tomorrow..so good luck to all going out there, finally a weekend not 30 below!

Fishing on the lakes in the area has continued to do well, with some walleyes and good numbers (including several limits) of perch coming out of Blackduck Lake in the 20-25' depths. Panfishing at the area lakes has continued to go strong, and some decent size (10-12") crappies being reeled in during the late afternoon and early evening hours. Our folks who have gone to Upper Red are bringing back the walleye, and now that the weather is starting to get decent and folks can start moving around the search for the crappies begins. A couple anglers up the other day had their camera down and said that they saw some crappies come through but couldn't get them to take the bait.

Just a reminder, we don't have to get the new fishing licenses just yet, as the 2007 licenses are good until April 30th.

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So who all hit the contest? Sounds like a good time was had by those who hit the ice, one managed to register five walleyes and a perch and ended up with a cash prize, and said he saw some dandy pound plus perch being registered.

All in all a pretty great weekend up in the area to go fishing, with temps that were in the upper 20's, to yesterday's high of 40 and sunshine and minimal wind you couldn't ask for better days to be out on the ice fishing. The fish have cooperated too, with huge numbers of fish coming through the cleaning shack. Those hitting Blackduck continue to be rewarded with large numbers of jumbo perch and finding good size schools of perch and a few walleyes in the mix before the season ended. Some of the anglers spent the weekend fishing on Upper Red looking going for some walleye and pike activity for the last weekend of the season, and a few folks managed to reel in some crappies as an added bonus. While several anglers decided to explore some of the other lakes in our area going for sunnies and crappies and finding that there is some great panfishing around the area, and some pretty happy anglers headed home with limits of fish. Still fishing in the deeper waters with jigs tipped with waxies are producing good numbers of sunnies and then in the late afternoon the crappies are kicking in. Now that the temps are finally back to the normal range it's a great time to be out on the ice and doing some panfishing!

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Drake -- We didn't fish the derby on Saturday afternoon but fished Blackduck and another area lake on Friday and Sat am and had pretty good success. Blackduck produced quite a few jumbo perch along with 10.25" bluegill by buddy got, biggest gill I have ever seen in my life. The other lake we tried we managed about 12 nice slab crappies and a hammerhandle. Saturday morning we set up on the duck and got into a couple more jumbos before heading up to red.

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