Northwest Minnesota Fishing Report - August 31st, 2012
Crankbaits are turning walleyes during low-light periods in 12 to 15 feet at Lake Geneva and in less than 10 feet at Lake Miltona. On Lake Ida, spinners and crawlers continue to trigger walleyes in 18 to 22 feet, while leeches are working best for ‘eyes at Chippewa Lake in 16 to 22 feet of water. Hit 12 to 15 feet at Lake Darling for bass, panfish, and an occasional walleye, or Lake Carlos in 18 to 25 feet with sucker minnows for northern pike. Muskie anglers are seeing better activity with BullDawgs at Miltona during the evening hours.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
A jig and minnow or crawler are turning walleyes in 11 to 20 feet during the day at lakes such as Rush, Otter Tail, West Battle, and Little Pine. Trolling Rapalas at 2.5 miles per hour in four to six feet also has worked on these lakes at night. Look for panfish in the 10- to 17-foot weeds of lakes Marion, Dead, Ellingson, Blanche, and Donald. Trolling Jakes over 20 feet at West Battle has produced muskies and bass are hitting drop-shot rigs in 17 to 20 feet at Donald, East Battle Lake, Clitherall Lake, and Fiske Lake.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Bluegill action is strong at Fish Hook Lake, Fifth Crow Wing Lake, and Sixth Crow Wing Lake in 10 to 12 feet. Northern pike continue to hit minnows on the weedlines of Potato Lake, Long Lake, and Fish Hook. Drag crawlers or chubs in 20 to 25 feet for walleyes at Long and Eighth Crow Wing Lake is giving up largemouth bass.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281