NANFA-- Spawning fish

Mark Otnes (
Sat, 26 Apr 2003 16:32:23 -0500

I took a drive into Minnesota today, did some hiking and bird watching and
then decided to stop at the Ottertail River at the outlet of Ottertail Lake.
It was full of spawning fish, I wish I had had my wetsuit along! I'm sure
the water would have been extremely frigid, but it would have been worth it.

There were large schools of Yellow Perch of all sizes milling about. Large
Northern Pike and Walleyes were everywhere. There was a large Burbot maybe
two feet from the bank. There were swarms of White Suckers with reddish
stripes down their sides and I saw at least one redhorse. There were also
small schools of Ciscoes zipping in out of the masses of fish. All kinds of
unidentified minnows were working the shallows and Iowa Darters were sitting
all over the bottom. I also saw at least one logperch.

I sure hope at least half of these fish are still hanging around come next
Friday. I'll be there with my wetsuit!

Mark Otnes
Fargo ND
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