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Keep an eye out for tagged fish

Although it certainly doesn’t happen every day, if you fish enough, chances are you’ll eventually catch a tagged fish.

The tags—typically small yellow plastic pieces that are attached to the dorsal fin area of the fish—are used by natural resource agencies to measure the health and age structure of a fishery, among other things.

Around home, I’ve caught tagged bass on Lake of the Woods and Rainy Lake. I also have caught a couple of tagged lake trout on Lake of the Woods.

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