Ron Anlauf

It’s that time of the year and things have definitely slowed a down a bit, at least when it comes to walleye fishing. Perch, on the other hand, start to pick up the pace and is when some of the season’s best catches are made.

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It was bound to happen, with the onset of early ice and plenty of snow the walleye action has definitely slowed down a bit. No need to get overly discouraged though because there are still plenty of walleyes to be caught, it’s just that you might have to adjust your tactics to match up with their less aggressive attitude.

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By mid to late winter more and more bluegills and crappies show up in deeper water and can make for some easy pickins. They’re easy because they show up on good electronics and can usually be caught, as long you’ve got “right stuff.”

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Good ice came earlier this season than it has in recent memory and was welcome news for those chomping at the bit to get it all started. In the northern part of the state, anglers were even out before Thanksgiving on the shallower lakes and some of the walleye action has been red hot.

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With the last of the deer hunting zones coming to a close it might be time to get back in the woods and chase a few ruffed grouse around. Even though the small game season extends through the end of the year it’s the time between the end of the deer season and the arrival of fresh snow that can be some of the best.

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Minnesota deer hunters have had it pretty darn good for last 20 or more years but things have changed a bit. The fact is the numbers aren’t there like they have been in recent past, especially in the north woods where a tough winter and too many predators (in my opinion) have taken their toll.

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