Doug Smith

Even if the fish aren’t biting, the ducks aren’t flying and the pheasants aren’t flushing, Doug Smith says any day spent outdoors is a good day. A Minnesota native, he’s been covering the outdoors for the Star Tribune since 1995. He considers walleyes fried over a campfire to be gourmet cuisine.

Warm water means anglers must switch to summer tactics

Posted by: Doug Smith Updated: June 3, 2014 - 6:11 PM

Summerlike temperatures have turned spring fishing into summer fishing in just days

Water temperatures that were in the mid-50s have jumped to the low 70s in many areas,  including as far north as the Fergus Falls, Grand Rapids and Bemidji areas, DNR conservation and fisheries officials repoort.

That meaning anglers have had to switch from spring fishing tactics and locations to summer mode and locations.

Meanwhile, a boater in central Minnesota experienced a major bummer: Conservation officer Dan Starr of Onamia helped a motorist whose boat motor had been scraping on the tar for miles.

“The lower unit was worn down right to the gear case, and most of the prop was gone,’’ reported Starr.

Also, if you're heading out fishing soon, be prepared for bugs. The combination of rain and warmth has caused an explosion of mosquitoes that have harassed anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts in recent days.

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