It's February, and still no winter in sight

By Bill Bartusek, Outdoor Columnist

Balmy weather continues, so ice conditions improve at a snail's pace. Northern Minnesota is doing just fine now after some real cold nights. Here in the south, it's better but I wouldn't bet the truck on it.

Many have turned their attention to the river. Open water fishing on the Mississippi never stopped all season. Angling success there has been quite steady providing some nice walleye and sauger. This is the last month for catching big fish in Minnesota, of course, until May.

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