Northwest Minnesota Fishing Report - August 24th, 2012
Work the flats of Otter Tail Lake with fatheads for perch in 15 to 20 feet. Walleyes are hitting a jig and minnow in six to 10 feet, crawlers in 11 to 20 feet, and crankbaits at night in four to six feet at Otter Tail, West Battle Lake, Big Pine Lake, and Rush Lake. Panfish action remains strong in 10 to 17 feet on lakes Blanche, Donald, Dead, Mollie Stark, East Battle, and West Battle. Hit the 15-foot weedlines of Fiske Lake, Otter Tail, and Donald for northern pike and the 13- to 17-foot weeds on West Battle for muskies.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Nightcrawlers continue to work best for walleyes in 12 to 21 feet of water on lakes Melissa, Sallie, Big Cormorant, Deadshot Bay, and Big Detroit. Muskies are getting a bit more active with some fish caught on topwater baits at Big Detroit, Sallie, and Beers Lake. Look for sunfish from the weedlines out to 20 feet on Melissa, Big Detroit, Little Detroit Lake, Floyd Lake, and Acorn Lake.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
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Minnows are producing a few walleyes during low-light periods at Long Lake in 18 feet. At Fish Hook Lake, minnows will produce walleyes and pike in the seven- to 14-foot weeds. Bass are hitting plastics in the seven- to 12-foot weeds of most lakes and spoons are producing pike at Big Mantrap Lake in 14 to 16 feet. Look for bluegills in 12 feet on Fish Hook and the Crow Wing Chain, while rainbows are suspended and active on Bad Medicine Lake.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281