Northwest Minnesota Fishing Report – January 18th, 2013


Walleyes continue to be scattered between nine and 35 feet on Otter Tail Lake, in 27 to 35 feet at West Battle Lake, 15 to 25 feet on Rush Lake, and in nine to 12 feet on Pelican Lake in Ashby. Crappies and sunfish are being found in nine to 15 feet at Ellingson Lake, Blanche Lake, and South Turtle Lake. Sucker minnows are turning northern pike in eight feet on Otter Tail, South Turtle, and North Turtle Lake.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Jigging has worked best for walleyes in 24 to 30 feet on lakes Melissa, Big Detroit, Sallie, Big Cormorant, Pelican, and Upper Cormorant. Sunfish are along the 12- to 14-foot weedlines on Little Detroit Lake, Deadshot Bay, Severson Lake, Long Lake, and Melissa. These lakes will give up crappies, but look over 20 to 24 feet.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


Shiners or rainbow minnows are turning walleyes in 18 to 24 feet at Long Lake and Potato Lake. Hit the Crow Wing Chain for bluegills in nine to 13 feet, while sucker minnows are producing pike at Long and Big Mantrap Lake in 12 to 14 feet. There’s also some evening crappie action on Big Mantrap over 30 feet with glow hooks and minnows.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281


Shiner minnows or jigging spoons are producing walleyes during the morning and evening hours in 12 to 25 feet at Big Pine Lake, Little Pine Lake, and Rush Lake. Crappies and sunfish are being found suspended over 30 feet at Long Lake, Dead Lake, and Star Lake – waxies on small spoons have produced bigger fish.
Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355


Walleyes have moved out to 30 to 35 feet on Lake Miltona and Lake Carlos – most continue to be caught on spoons. Look for crappies in 20 feet or more on Lake Geneva and Lake Le Homme Dieu or in 18 to 25 feet on Lake Ida. Northern pike are shallow and hitting sucker minnows on Carlos and Lake Darling.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle      
(320) 763-3255

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