NANFA-- Winter Fish

Mark Otnes (
Sat, 16 Feb 2002 16:38:32 -0600

Wow, I finally observed some fish today! I stopped at where the Ottertail
River comes out of Ottertail Lake in Minnesota and the water was teaming
with Ciscoes. I've never seen so many before and they were in shallow
water - 2 to 3 feet deep and they would come right next to the shore. It
was definitely a beautiful sight, the bright sun, clear water, and all of
the fish. There were also quite a few Yellow Perch that were active and
hunting. It would have been great to have had a dry suit and gone in there.
I wouldn't even attempt it in my wet suit.

Normally this stretch of river is deep and fast, but the water has really
come down from last fall. If it stays this way this Spring I'm definitely
going to snorkel it. I'm thinking some interesting fish might come out of
the lake and into the river.

Chris, by the way - thanks for the North Dakota NANFA contact, I'll get a
hold of him and see if he want to go collecting this Spring.

Mark Otnes
Fargo ND

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