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There was some activity Sunday on Mill Pond near Spicer as the weather turned. The weekend's fishing opener received mixed reviews from anglers and bait shops. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

Frigid, damp weather keeps some anglers away

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A check of area lakes at noon on Sunday, revealed moderate activity and limited success. At County Park No. 1, Big Lake Kandiyohi, West park manager Bud Groen summed the opener up as "cold and miserable."

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"A lot of shivering fisher-people. There's been some fish; the walleyes are running small. A lot of people are already heading for home. There's white caps on the lake."

Todd Anderson, manager at County Park No. 3, Diamond Lake reported: "Poor. Not many boats. When the drizzle turned into rain yesterday, the access completely cleared out. This morning there were just two boats out."

Zach Harlan, whose father owns J's Bait and Sport in Willmar said the opener was "pretty good"

"We had a few walleye come in off Lake Kandiyohi. It's been steady but not real busy."

At Last Chance Bait and Grocery on Norway Lake owner Bob Bentz said "I'd say it's about medium (activity) for an opener. There's quite a few boats out catching little ones and a few good ones. We saw one 30-inch northern come in. It's quite today."

At Mel's Sports in Spicer a worker said the weather was a big factor in the decreased activity. "There weren't many boats at the access on Saturday. The weather held things back. The fish caught seemed to be in the smaller lakes, in the shallows. Green Lake is pretty windy today. But the sun is out so things should pick up soon."

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Rand Middleton

Covers Willmar and area high schools and Ridgewater College, plus amateur baseball, stock car racing and fitness events in summer. Writes weekly column since 1980. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 

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