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Deb Compton, a world ice fishing Silver Medalist, shows off a nice Lake Okoboji bluegill. Though the species is native in the Park Rapids area, its behavior differs from lake to lake. (Jason Durham / For the Enterprise)

Catching the big bluegills was frustrating

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We're pretty fortunate in the Park Rapids area. Think about it, almost 100 lakes within a 10-mile radius, so you can literally throw a rock in any direction and have a good chance of hitting water.

Not to mention the water in those lakes is crystal clear and in reality, the fishing pressure isn't unbearable.

I love our area, but recently I went on an excursion - to fish in Iowa.

The destination; Lake Okoboji. The target; big bluegill.

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