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Local Fish Report for Friday, Jan. 20 -- Trout!


According to our fishing expert Jon Muhich of Buck’s Hardware, the Non-BWCAW trout opener brought out a lot of anglers.

Some trout fishermen were reeling in a few fish. Over in Birch Lake the splake were pretty nice. Not a bunch but as usual in Birch, some really nice ones. They were hitting in 8 to 15 feet of water though the fish were suspended about 4 feet beneath the ice.

Other lakes are hitting as well. Word on Musquash was there were so many people that the actual ice fishing was nearly an afterthought. People did get fish however. Depths were from about 6 feet to 18 feet or so -- waxies being the bait of choice. Trestle Pine reported action on both rainbows and splake…jigs and waxies in 8 to 10 feet.

Kimball and Mink were a little slow over the weekend but most were fishing in 12 to 20 feet of water. Bring your waxies along. While you’re out that way you might want to hit Trout Lake. The lakers were suspended in 50 to 55 feet of water and the rainbows were shallower in 8 to 16 feet or less. Both minnows and waxies were being used.

And walleyes? Well, most people were fishing trout.