Northwest Minnesota Fishing Report – December 28th, 2012
Most lakes have six to 10 inches of ice so ATVs are being used. Look for walleyes on Lake Darling in 16 to 20 feet, on Lake Ida in 24 to 29 feet, Lake Carlos in 20 to 22 feet, and at Lake Miltona in 16 to 18 feet. Setlines and shiner minnows or jigging spoons are both working. Little Mary Lake is producing panfish in six to eight feet and northern pike are an easy catch in 12 feet on most lakes with sucker or shiner minnows.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Permanent houses have been pulled on many area lakes with six to 10 inches of ice reported, but you still need to use caution on some of the bigger, deep lakes. Blanche Lake is kicking out walleyes and sunfish in 15 feet, while Ellingson Lake is a safe bet for sunfish in 10 to 15 feet. Look to Rush Lake for walleyes and sunfish in 15 to 17 feet and on Otter Tail Lake, walleyes are being caught in 20 to 25 feet.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Most lakes have about 12 inches of ice and some vehicle traffic has started on select lakes. Walleyes are hitting shiner minnows or spoons in 17 to 20 feet on lakes Melissa, Big Detroit, and Big Cormorant. You’ll find sunfish in the shallow weeds and crappies suspended over 18 to 20 feet on Big Detroit, Melissa, Deadshot Bay, Severson Lake, and Floyd Lake.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
PARK RAPIDS AREA
A few walleyes continue to be caught on Fish Hook Lake in 18 feet of water and you’ll hook plenty of northern pike here in 10 to 14 feet. The Crow Wing Chain and Lake Belle Taine are worth noting for panfish in 10 to 12 feet. The shallow, weeded areas of Big Mantrap Lake are kicking out northern pike as well. Ice conditions are in fine shape with ATVs being used throughout the area.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Crappies are being found suspended over 18 to 22 feet at Dead Lake and Star Lake. These lakes also are giving up a few sunfish in slightly shallower water and tighter to the bottom. Walleye action has been best during the evening hours in 14 to 20 feet on Big Pine Lake and Little Pine Lake. Northern pike are being taken consistently via spearing and angling in 12 to 14 feet on most lakes. Bigger houses have started to be pulled onto area lakes with eight to 10 inches of ice reported.
Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355