Northwest Minnesota Fishing Report – March 15th, 2013
It’s difficult to get on the small lakes with a truck, but snowmobiles are traveling without much problem. There is some slush to deal with on many lakes, vehicles are being used on certain lakes, and foot travel is the only option on others. West Battle Lake is producing crappies over 17 to 20 feet, perch in 15 to 30 feet, and sunfish in 15 to 20 feet. Look for sunfish and crappies in 15 to 20 feet at Blanche Lake or out from the access in 17 feet at East Battle Lake. South Turtle Lake is kicking out sunfish in 15 to 17 feet and Mollie Stark Lake is worth hitting for tullibees in 30 feet or more.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Since the walleye season closed, roads are no longer being plowed, so travel on many lakes is not an option. There are some paths on certain lakes that require four-wheel drive and those are really the only spots people are fishing. Look to Big Detroit Lake, Floyd Lake, Lake Melissa, and Lake Sallie for sunfish and crappies in 11 to 15 feet.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Fishing reports have been non-existent due to the fact that people are struggling to find lakes they can get on. This area received additional snow last weekend, further limiting travel options, and there is slush to deal with on most lakes as well. Until some of the snow melts, fishing options will remain limited, so call ahead for up-to-date conditions before you hit a lake.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281