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DARK30

HEYO!
THERES A SMALL DAM JUST EAST OF BRECKENRIDGE NEAR THE HWY 10 BRIDGE.I'VE HAD SOME GOOD FISHING BELOW IT BUT WHAT ABOUT ON TOP? HOW DEEP DOES IT GET AND WHATS ALL IN THERE? I'M GUESSING ITS PRETTY SILTED IN. HEY B.E. YOU BEEN IN THERE?

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Yup the up stream side of Artificial Dam is a mud hole, silted badly.

BUT, for the ice ranger look up stream a few miles and you will find better hunting. Look for off current areas as the Otter runs fast in the winter due to power plant discharges an will vary in current intensity from hour to hour. Old creek area's may be key (HINT).

The Otter Tail from the bridge East of the Artificial Dam lake is seldom if ever fished in the winter. So if you find a wintering group of walleye you will be on to untouched fish, could be very good!

Please practice selective harvest that system is just reaching it's critical phase in trophy growth!

Thank's

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"ARTIFICIAL DAM"? THATS DIFFERANT. WELL I WONT BE DRILLING HOLES ANYWHERE BUT I CAN'T WAIT TO DO SOME MORE WADING UP THERE! I'VE BEEN TANGLING WITH SOME REALLY NICE SMALLMOUTH ON THE OTTER TAIL THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS (MORE TOWARDS FERGUS) BUT THE FISHING IN GENERAL IS GOOD TO ME. EVEN GET CHANNELS ON THE SHAD RAP!
I DON'T KEEP ANYTHING, JUST TRYING TO FOOL UM! I WOUDN'T THINK OF BRINGING ANY FISH INTO THE INLAWS CLEAN KITCHEN!

WET NETS!

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DARK30

HEY ED,

I SEE THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT WHITEFISH AND CISCOS ON THE MAIN FORUM. I CATCH SOMETHING ON THE OTTER TAIL I ASSUME IS ONE OR THE OTHER. THEY ARE ABOUT 8 - 12" LONG AND LIKE TO HIT THE SHAD RAP. I ALWAYS THOUGHT THEY WERE TULIBEES?
ALSO...WHEN AND HOW DO YOU START FISHING THOSE CHANNELS?

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They most likely are Mooneye, AKA Goldeye, or as some anglers call them Skipjacks.

Large gold eye and teeth like a tiny shark, that be them. Sorta look like a tiny Tarpon and put up a bit of a tusle for there size.

Make for good catfish bait on the Red and it's tributaries over most of the season.

Without actually seeing a example of what you were catching I would say they are it.


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The ice is flooded over on the headwaters section leading into the Red and will be the first to break up with some sun.

River has risen a lot in a few days most likely backing up now from the discharges out of the Otter Tail River.

I would say 2-3 weeks before it breaks completely depending on the sun.

I would not venture out on the ice, not safe at all!!

Be Safe, spring is near, live to appreciate it!

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