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Missy Lindow of Nevis strains to hold up a beautiful autumn northern pike. Predator fish like pike progressively chase larger minnows as the open water season progresses due to natural growth of the forage. (Jason Durham / For the Enterprise)

Late hatch fingerlings' winter survival rate good

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Though the afternoon ambient temperatures have yet to relent, the calendar says it's autumn.

Each year as the season transitions from summer to fall, the lakes and underwater inhabitants do too.

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One of those annual transformations deals with the size of fish. No, not the trophy walleyes, behemoth bass or hefty northern pike and muskie that offer so much entertainment when pulling against a properly adjusted drag; this has to do with small fish.

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