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The Fish Were Biting

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LAKE WASHINGTON, Minn. -

With temperatures a bit warmer today and sunny skies, many were eager to head out to their ice house this weekend, but having shelter would make your fishing a lot more enjoyable as winds were whipping across Lake Washington today.  The fish didn't seem to mind and they weren't camera shy either as they were biting for one local family.

The Hagen brothers were fishing today.  Sherman Hagen, age 9, said "Today I've caught two, I threw one back and we kept one."  

Sunfish were mostly biting today for the brothers.  Some were keepers, but most were catch and release.  The siblings didn't reel in any records today, but had a lot of fun spending it with their Dad out on the ice.

"The biggest fish I ever got is, I've had like probably an eight or ten pound northern pike on a tip up" said Roman Hagen, age 15.

The keepers the boys caught today will turn into something tasty.  "Well then my dad filets it and we get to have a fish fry" says Isaac Hagen, age 11.

The ice will remain thick for ice fishermen as temperatures are expected to tumble during the middle portion of the week.

This weekend was also Take–A–Kid Ice Fishing Weekend goes through tomorrow, February 18.  Anglers who are older than 16 and are accompanied by someone younger than 16 do not need to have a license.