Northwest Minnesota Fishing Report – January 31st, 2013
Walleyes continue to be caught on Lake Ida and Lake Miltona in 35 to 40 feet. Look for sunfish and crappies in 25 to 30 feet on Smith Lake, Lake Geneva, and Lake Darling. These lakes will produce a few walleyes in 17 feet of water during the last hour of daylight as well. Mill Lake and Maple Lake are producing crappies in 18 to 24 feet during the morning and evening hours.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Hit Otter Tail Lake in 20 to 25 feet for walleyes or 30 feet for perch. On West Battle Lake, walleyes are hitting shiner minnows and fatheads in 30 to 40 feet during low-light periods. The narrows area on Pelican Lake by Ashby is producing walleyes in eight to 12 feet and on Rush Lake you’ll find walleyes in 18 to 20 feet. You’ll find sunfish in 10 to 15 feet and crappies suspended over 20 to 25 feet at Blanche Lake, Ellingson Lake, West Battle, and South Turtle Lake. Pickeral Lake, North Turtle Lake, and Otter Tail are worth hitting for northern pike in the 15- to 20-foot weeds.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Crappies are hitting in 15 to 20 feet and sunfish are hitting on the weedlines of lakes Melissa, Little Detroit, Deadshot Bay, Severson, and Floyd. Walleyes are being caught with setlines during low-light periods in 20 to 24 feet on Lake Sallie, Big Cormorant Lake, and Melissa. Northern pike action has been consistent in the shallow weeds of most lakes with tip-ups and medium-sized sucker minnows.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
PARK RAPIDS AREA
A few walleyes are being caught at Long Lake and Fish Hook Lake during low-light periods in 20 to 30 feet, but for the most part, walleye action has been slow. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on Fish Hook and Big Mantrap Lake in 14 feet. Look for sunfish in 12 to 14 feet on Straight Lake and the Crow Wing Chain, while crappies are being found suspended over 30 feet on Big Mantrap and the Crow Wing Chain.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281