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A small village of fish houses has developed in the center of East Solomon Lake north of Willmar, where the lake's deepest water is found. The lake has offered some of the area's best crappie fishing this season, and the word has gotten out. (Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny)

Tough ice fishing season brings out the best

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You know it's been a tough ice fishing season when you have to wince at the bait shop owner's response to your inquiry as to where the best bet is for getting some fish.

"Cash Wise,'' he said in reference to the supermarket, without so much as a smirk.

Next best bet? "Solomon Lake.''

It's a lot more fun, too.

East Solomon Lake north of Willmar has been a pleasant surprise for many this season. It's no secret, either.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
(320) 214-4335
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