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Catch the hatch

July 15, 2014
By Nick Simonson - Our Outdoors , Marshall Independent

The farther south an angler gets from the Canadian border, the less terrifying the words "mayfly hatch" become. In warmer, more fertile waters, a longer growing season means nearly year-round food in the form of minnows, insects and other forage. But for those rocky, cold, less fertile lakes up north with a short growing season, the mid-summer mayfly hatch serves as the fuel for a lake's fish-producing engine, and becomes an issue for any angler plying the water for walleye, bass or other game fish. Not only do several species of these large-winged insects hatch at the same time throughout June and July in the northern tier of Minnesota, but they do so in a manner that literally leaves mats of hatching, dying and dead mayflies stretching for up to a mile, like a beige and yellow oil slick on the surface but unlike petroleum, these are fish-filling smorgasbords.



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