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Leif Birnbaum of Duluth makes his way across the ice at the McQuade Small Craft Harbor on Lake Superior Thursday morning. Birnbaum was taking advantage of ice conditions at McQuade to see if he could catch some Kamloops rainbow trout. (Sam Cook / News Tribune)

Lake Superior anglers find last good ice at McQuade

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MCQUADE SMALL CRAFT HARBOR — Leif Birnbaum gazed down through the ice at his tiny jig. He could see weeds growing from the bottom of the McQuade Small Craft Harbor through Lake Superior’s clear water.

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The Duluth angler had chipped open previously fished holes in a sheet of ice that was at least 3 feet thick, maybe more.

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