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Cousins Hector Rivera and Christian Rivera are among the few to brave a five-degree wind chill Tuesday to fish on Foot Lake near the Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds in Willmar. By 5 p.m. the two had caught one perch. Tribune photo by Gary Miller

See-saw weather didn't help ice fishing this winter

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WILLMAR -- Get out while you still can!

The unpredictable weather has put some crimps on ice anglers this winter, and now Father Time and Mother Nature will join forces to end another season of drilling holes and tipping poles.

Feb. 28, a week from Sunday, is the final day of the northern pike, walleye and bass fishing seasons. Though not a huge deadline by now -- the larger fish stopped biting a few weeks ago -- it leaves panfish as the only fish to go after.

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