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The gathering of fish houses around the fishing pier on Foot Lake indicates that the fish are probably biting in that area. A number of important dates are coming up for anglers to remember. Sunday is the end of the winter fishing season for walleye, northern pike and bass, and March 2 is the date that permanent ice houses need to be removed from lakes. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

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WILLMAR -- The fish were biting, the fish were not biting, the fish were there, the fish were not there.

Those are the reports heard most often when determining how the winter fishing has gone.


The game fish season -- walleye, northern pike and bass -- ends Sunday and not to far after ice houses have to be removed from lakes during overnight hours (March 2).

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