Northwest Minnesota Fishing Report - October 5th, 2012
Small walleyes can be had on Lake Miltona with a jig and minnow in 20 to 50 feet or with Shad Raps at night in shallow water. A jig and minnow is turning walleyes at Lake Andrew in 15 to 20 feet or on Lake Le Homme Dieu and Lake Geneva in 20 to 30 feet. Muskie action has been strong with blue and white BullDawgs and Medussas on top of the flats at Miltona. Waterfowl hunters continue to find good numbers of ducks and geese.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle
Minnows are producing walleyes in 20 to 25 feet on West Battle Lake or in 10 to 15 feet at Otter Tail Lake during the day. Crankbaits also are working on these lakes at night in four to six feet. Look for panfish in 15 feet at lakes Blanche, Mollie Stark, Ellingson, and East Battle. Muskie action is strong with sucker minnows in 20 feet on Mollie Stark and West Battle, while lakes Donald, Otter Tail, and West Battle are giving up northern pike in 15 feet. The bigger bodies of water are holding ducks with some divers now in the mix.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
You’ll find bluegills on the weedlines and crappies over deep water at lakes Sallie, Severson, Floyd, and Little Detroit. Walleyes are taking a jig and minnow in 20 to 22 feet at Big Detroit Lake, Big Cormorant Lake, Middle Cormorant Lake, Pelican Lake, and Lake Melissa. Large suckers are the ticket for muskies in 10 to 12 feet at Big Detroit and Pelican. Duck hunting has been poor.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
PARK RAPIDS AREA
A jig and rainbow minnow is producing walleyes on Fish Hook Lake in 21 feet, at Lake George in 16 to 18 feet, and on Big Sand Lake in 32 to 34 feet. Hit Big Mantrap Lake with sucker minnows for pike in 14 feet. The Crow Wing Chain is producing crappies and bluegills in 12 to 14 feet and Lake Belle Taine is a safe bet for bluegills in 12 feet. Duck hunting continues to be favorable for most groups.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281