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Less ice now may mean better fishing in the summer

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Last year at this time Lake Superior was more than 50 percent ice covered.

This year it's less than 5 percent.

For long time fisherman David Larson, there's nothing like fishing on the big lake.

"It's a different type of fishing. It's fun, different people out and different experience. I find it spooky so it's exciting." Said Larson.

He knows it's unlikely.. but every year he crosses his fingers there's enough ice to fish.

"You don't expect it, you hope, but it doesn't happen very often." Larson added.

Eric Holl a salesman at Marine General says the lake freezing up is pretty rare.

"Probably one or two years out of every decade." Said Holl.

He says just because people aren't ice fishing, doesn't mean they aren't catching fish.

"There's a lot of guys still out there trolling in their boats, even kayakers out there as well. Still getting a lot of use." Said Holl.

Holl says, only a few people brave the lake this time of year.

Last year at this time there were hundreds out on the ice.

And all that action makes the fish more skittish for summer anglers, which will pay off when it warms up.

"The lack of pressure leaves more fish around, so it's a benefit for the guys on the open water." Said Holl.

But when the lake does freeze.

Holl says its a gift to both anglers and his business.

"Lake Superior ice fishing is a bonus, if we get good ice it's good for Duluth." Holl added.

Meteorologist Alex Libby

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