Northwest Minnesota Fishing Report - October 12th, 2012
A jig and minnow is producing walleyes in 10 to 12 feet or 45 to 60 feet at Rush Lake, Otter Tail Lake, and Little Pine Lake. Look for sunfish and crappies over 10 to 15 feet at Ellingson Lake, Mollie Stark Lake, and Rush. Slow-presented sucker minnows are turning muskies on West Battle Lake in 20 feet, while spoons or minnows are triggering northern pike in 15 to 20 feet on Otter Tail, Rush, and West Battle. Duck hunters have found more birds this week than last with more northern birds in the mix.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Walleyes continue to hit minnows in 22 to 24 feet on Big Detroit Lake, Lake Melissa, Big Cormorant Lake, Middle Cormorant Lake, and Pelican Lake. Muskies are hitting large sucker minnows in 10 to 12 feet on Big Detroit and crappies are being found suspended over 20 to 24 feet at Melissa, Big Detroit, Floyd Lake, and Severson Lake. Archery hunters are seeing good numbers of deer, but there hasn’t been a big push of new ducks into the area.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Walleye action has improved with big minnows at Lake George in 14 to 16 feet and Big Sand Lake in 26 feet. Look to the shallow rocks during the evening hours on both lakes. Fish Hook Lake is producing walleyes via rainbow minnows in 18 feet as is Potato Lake in 14 feet. Look to Big Mantrap Lake with large minnows for muskies, the Crow Wing Chain for northern pike in eight to 12 feet, and Lake Belle Taine for crappies in 12 feet. Grouse hunters are finding pockets of birds and duck hunter numbers have dropped.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Crappies are being found suspended over 12 to 18 feet on Lake Le Homme Dieu, Lake Geneva, and Lake Darling. Look for walleyes to hit minnows on Lake Miltona in 20 feet or more or crankbaits at night on Lake Reno in six to nine feet. Large sucker minnows are providing steady muskie action at Miltona and Oscar Lake, while bass are shallow and hitting crankbaits on most lakes. Duck hunters have seen some divers move into the area and continue to shoot good numbers of mallards and wood ducks.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255