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Try the bite at Morton pond near the intersection of I-29 and #11, 10 miles west of Wahpeton.

Was out there yesterday and the ice is 4-5" but caution is needed on all ice yet!

I had my best luck with crappie type presentations and aggressive jigging of a perch size jigging Rapala 2-3 ft. off the bottom.

Very clear water and you can see the trout slashing at your bait's as you tease them up. Some hit right under the ice! Fun to watch!

Some pesky perch on the smalle type mixed in with the trout so the light peckers may be them!

Bigger trout seem to run high in the water column and like larger minnows or lures.

Good fishing!


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Hey Ed! Been trying to get down to Morton. I hope the bite is still on by the time I get there! I also wanted to let you that Fishinbuddy is up and running again.

P.S. Ever had any luck with the sunnies on the ol' square pond or just the runt type variety!

Keep warm,

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Trout are eager to please yet at the hiway hole.

The panfish there are dink's, not mutch of a chalenge either.

For some good area panfish think Dead Colt Dam near Lisbon ND. There are gill's there that go 11"!! Some nice bass, crappie, cat's, and walleye too. Interesting pond that Dead Colt is!

Good hunt'n!


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Pressure has been light at Morton Pond with few ice shack's on the ice.

Trout fan's it is worth a try for sure!

Water clarity was very good on my last trip an the trout could be seen very easily chasing jigs.

My best success came from jigging high off the bottom in 12-16' in the east & west corners on the south side.

Luminescent green and yellow are popular with the bug eater trout along with large active fathead minnows on the old fat piggy trout.

Don't overlook this pond if a trout trip is a plan this winter.

Backwater Eddy...><,,>

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