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Lasting ice on Lake Superior made for memorable fishing

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 Mar 31st, 2019 by Keith Worrall  133

Modified Mar 31st, 2019 at 12:09 PM

Lasting ice on Lake Superior made for memorable fishing Longer freeze let anglers enjoy a “unique flash fishery.”

They came to the North Shore from all over the state, venturing onto frozen Lake Superior with fishing lines that dropped as deep as 250 feet.

Using lures as heavy as hockey pucks to withstand underwater currents, they left with wild-caught lake trout and memories of an extraordinary Minnesota angling experience.

“Almost every time we went out there we caught a laker or two,’’ said Carson Spohn, 30, of Duluth. “There’s only so much staring down an ice hole that you can do, but this was definitely a good year up here.’’

Minnesota Fisheries Chief Brad Parsons called the long, largely uninterrupted ice season from Duluth to Two Harbors a “unique flash fishery.’’ It opened in early January and lingered into the fourth week of March, when Coast Guard cutters came along to break the ice and open shipping channels.

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