All things considered, this has been a relatively mild winter by Minnesota standards so far. For a good portion of January, the temperature was either at or above 32 degrees Fahrenheit in the St. James area. While this may be good news for folks who are weary of the cold, those within the ice fishing community have experienced mixed reviews during this “heat wave.”
  For Keith Anderson, who sells fishing and hunting supplies at the K.A. Guns shop on Sixth Avenue South, business has been very slow in the ice fishing department.
“I’ve stopped handling bait because I can’t keep the minnows alive. I haven’t had a report in about four weeks. It just looks like the fish aren’t biting right now,” said Anderson