Weather Forecast


Fishing should pick up

Not much to report regarding fishing in the area over the last week.

Last weekend and including Monday, we got knocked out with the blizzard followed by brutal winds and cold.

The weather has reduced the number of ice anglers out on the area lakes including me with only a couple trips and nothing to brag about.

It always takes a few days to get ice roads and trails opened back up for ease of travel on the lakes.

The break in the weather and no Vikings Super Bowl appearance should increase the number of anglers out and provide for a better fish report for next week.

I start looking forward to planning a trip to Lake of the Woods the end of February or the first part of March (or maybe both).

I don't know if you have heard about the new world record bass that was caught recently.

I thought Texas, Florida and Mexico were turning out the big bass. It turns out Japan is now the new record holding-country.

Manabu Kunta on Lake Biwa, Japan, broke the 78-year old record with a 22-pound, 4-ounce giant.

One other fishing newsworthy item that is making some noise is the continued spread of Asian carp.

The Great Lakes population of the foreign invaders has significantly increased and they are projected to spread more rapidly than first anticipated.

We first started hearing about them a couple years ago and they are also already in the Mississippi River system as well.

They grow fast; eat up forage supplies that effect growth and reproduction of other species, and jump like know other fish.

They have been known to knock people out of boats!

I have to admit I have not paid as much attention to this development when I first started hearing about them as it seemed hard to believe we wouldn't get a handle on them right away.

I assumed our area seemed immune to this threat, so I discounted its significance.

I am now motivated to try and learn more about this problem. I will pass along what I learn.

(Laabs runs Brad Laabs Guide Service in Detroit Lakes.)