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25 fish report

The winner of the 2008 big-trout contest at Mauer Brothers in Elba is Mike Nesler of Dover who came in with a 7-pound, 1-ounce brown he caught in mid-summer on the North Branch Whitewater River.

He uses a Rapala to catch the trophy.

But outside of Nesler’s big fish, Mauer’s didn’t record that many big trout this year. The next biggest one was 4 pounds, followed by two in the three-pound class.

Gene McGarry, a parks worker at nearby Whitewater State Park said the park had a lot of anglers come out but most of them were catching stocked rainbows and not many browns.

The huge flood of August, 2007, may have affected how many fish are still in the river, or amount of food.

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Hooked on Fishing, Rochester: The fishing around Rochester is going well. All the reservoirs are producing very nice bluegills. Lake Zumbro has seen some fish move deep, but many are still suspended over deep water. Crappies are more elusive, but you can find them close to submerged wood and brush piles. Mini-mite jigs tipped with a waxie continue to produce fish. Bass are being caught off docks and points, and some nice northerns are getting into the action as well. 

Gander Mountain, Rochester: Streams remain clear and even with the warm weather, fishing has remained good. The hatches have tapered off with the warm weather, but nymph fishing and terrestrial fishing is still good. With the brown and brook trout getting in their pre- spawning activity, this is a good time to fish a streamer or an in-line spinner. The season ends Tuesday. 

John Stears, fishing guide, Wabasha: The warm weathers of last week pushed the surface temps back into the 70’s which slowed the pike bite. However, it didn’t affect the bass activity. Quality smallmouth are started to show in number on upstream points and wing dams and sand drops. Lures like the Northland Mimic Minnow, and the Super Spook Jr. are catching some of the better fish. Look for all species in shallow sand and grass in current.

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