Northwest Minnesota Fishing Report – April 12th, 2013
Anglers were still using ATVs or walking on most lakes this week, but some shorelines and accesses have started to open. Crappies and sunfish have moved slightly shallower, 12 to 16 feet, and tend to be most active during low-light periods on lakes Ida, Little Mary, Le Homme Dieu, Victoria, Miltona, and Geneva.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
There’s no problem getting on the lakes and the snow and slush has diminished enough to allow ATVs and foot travel. Blanche Lake, West Battle Lake, Rush Lake, and Ellingson Lake are producing crappies and sunfish in 15 to 17 feet. Look for tullibees to be suspended over 40 feet on Big Pine Lake, Mollie Stark Lake, and Pickeral Lake – most are being caught with flashers and waxworms.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
The snow has settled enough to allow travel via trucks on some lakes and ATVs on others – the shorelines are in good shape. Crappies and sunfish are hitting in 10 to 15 feet at Tamarack Lake, Little Detroit Lake, and Height of Land Lake. Tullibee action remains strong over 30 to 40 feet with waxworms on Star Lake, Little Pine Lake, Pelican Lake, and Long Lake.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Most shorelines and access points remain locked tight, but anglers continue to struggle with snow and slush on the lakes. Crappies are being found suspended over 20 feet of water during the evening hours on Big Mantrap Lake. Bluegills are hitting maggots in nine feet on Straight Lake and 12 feet on Fish Hook Lake.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281