Anglers who want to get out to their favorite fishing spots on area lakes will need an ATV, snowmobile or a good pair of boots. Sheriffs in Anoka, Dakota, Ramsey and Washington counties have closed all lakes within each county to car and truck traffic until further notice. Sgt. Brian McGinn of the Dakota County Parks, Lakes and Trails Unit said his lakes would probably remain closed to cars and trucks this winter, unless there is a long cold snap. He said the ice quality is poor, thanks to freezing and thawing cycles, light snow cover and excessive rain. Lake Byllesby and Frontenac Pond in Goodhue County are also closed. Before heading out, fishermen should call the county sheriff's department or local bait shops to check the status of the lake. For a list of lake closings, go to the Department of Natural Resources Web site, www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/ice/lakeclosings.
If you've got short, stubby fingers and wear reading glasses, any relaxation you would normally derive from fly fishing is completely eliminated when you try to tie on a fly. ~ Jack Ohman, Fear of Fly Fishing, 1988