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Corey Waller navigates a boat through a field of lily pad-shaped blocks of ice along the Mississippi River between Hastings and Red Wing.

Ice fishing isn't the only way to get your angling fix during winter in Minnesota

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In the dead of winter, open water isn't exactly easy to find in Minnesota. Unless, of course, you are on the Mississippi River between Hastings and Red Wing.

The massive Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant spews so much relatively warm water during the winter months that an expansive stretch of the Mississippi River stays mostly ice free. Open water can be found just upstream from the Red Wing dam and then downstream for miles.

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