Northwest Minnesota Fishing Report - October 19th, 2012
Walleyes are being taken with a jig and minnow during the day over 50 to 70 feet on Lake Miltona and Lake Ida. At night, crankbaits are producing walleyes on these lakes in shallower water. You’ll find crappies in 12 feet or less on Lake Le Homme Dieu and Lake Geneva. Bass continue to hit in shallow water on most lakes and muskies are being taken on large minnows at Oscar Lake, Lobster Lake, and Miltona. Based on opening weekend reports, pheasants are pretty scarce in the area. Duck hunters have shot more divers this week on the bigger ponds and lakes.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Look for sunfish and crappies in 14 to 18 feet on Rush Lake, Ellingson Lake, and Dead Lake. Walleyes are hitting minnows on Otter Tail Lake, West Battle Lake, and Little Pine Lake in 25 to 35 feet during the day. Look shallow at night with crankbaits on these lakes for walleyes as well. Bigger bass are being caught in 15 to 17 feet on spinnerbaits at Fiske Lake, Elbow Lake, and Dead. Northern pike continue to hit spoons or sucker minnows on the 14- to 17-foot weedlines of most lakes, while West Battle is the area’s best bet for muskies in 15 to 20 feet with large minnows. Duck hunters are shooting more divers this week with a few puddle ducks in bags as well.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Look for suspended crappies over 20 to 24 feet on Lake Melissa, Big Detroit Lake, and Floyd Lake. Minnows are turning walleyes in 20 to 25 feet on Big Detroit, Melissa, Big Cormorant Lake, and Pelican Lake during the day. Troll the shorelines of these lakes with crankbaits during low-light periods for walleyes as well. Muskies continue to be taken on large sucker minnows in less than 12 feet on Big Detroit. Hunting reports have been limited this week.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248