Northwest Minnesota Fishing Report – January 25th, 2013
Walleyes continue to hit on Lake Miltona in 17 to 25 feet during low-light periods or in 35 feet of water on Lake Carlos. Lake Geneva started giving up keeping-sized perch and the deep holes of Lake Le Homme Dieu, Lake Ida, and Lake Darling are producing crappies at night. Northern pike action has picked up in shallow water on most lakes for anglers and spearers.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Walleye action has been spotty, but look to Otter Tail Lake in 20 to 25 feet, West Battle Lake in 30 to 35 feet, and Pelican Lake by Ashby in 10 to 15 feet for a few fish to take fatheads during low-light periods. Sunfish and crappies remain active on Deer Lake, East Lost Lake, and South Turtle Lake in 12 to 16 feet. Northern pike are an easy catch on Otter Tail with sucker minnows in 15 to 20 feet.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Look for crappies and sunfish in the 12- to 14-foot weeds of Lake Melissa, Big Cormorant Lake, Middle Cormorant Lake, Severson Lake, and Floyd Lake. A few walleyes continue to be caught early and late each day on Big Cormorant, Middle Cormorant, Pelican Lake, and Melissa in 21 to 30 feet on setlines and fathead minnows.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
PARK RAPIDS AREA
A few walleyes continue to be caught during low-light periods on fatheads or rainbows at Potato Lake in 20 feet. Big Mantrap Lake is worth hitting with sucker minnows in 14 feet for northern pike and bluegills are hitting throughout the Crow Wing Chain in 12 feet. Look for suspended crappies over 30 to 40 feet on Big Mantrap and the Crow Wing Chain.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281