Northwest Minnesota Fishing Report - September 14th, 2012
Look for walleyes to hit a jig and minnow on Lake Miltona in 20 to 25 feet of water. On Lake Ida, spinners and crawlers are producing walleyes in 20 feet and a few walleyes are hitting crankbaits on Lake Reno at night. You’ll find crappies in the weeds of Lake Darling, Lake Geneva, and Lake Le Homme Dieu. Muskie activity has picked up on Miltona with CowGirls along the deeper weedlines. Bass action has been good on most lakes with crankbaits or jig worms in 15 to 20 feet. Goose-hunting reports have been limited, but duck hunters did well on Youth Waterfowl Day.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Muskie action has been best with bucktails or large sucker minnows on West Battle Lake in 13 to 17 feet. West Battle also is producing walleyes via crawlers in 10 to 16 feet during the day or with Rapalas at night in four to eight feet. You’ll find panfish in 12 to 15 feet on East Battle Lake and Clitherall Lake, while sucker minnows are turning pike on the 13- to 17-foot weedlines of Fiske Lake. Bass are hitting spinnerbaits in 14 to 17 feet at Fiske, Donald Lake, and Bass/Elbow Lake. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of geese in the area, but they should start showing up as soon as it cools down.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Muskie action has picked up with topwater baits at Big Detroit Lake and Pelican Lake in three to eight feet during low-light periods. Walleyes continue to hit minnows and crawlers in 12 to 25 feet at Big Detroit, Pelican, Big Cormorant Lake, and Lake Melissa. Panfish are scattered in 12 to 18 feet on Big Detroit, Floyd Lake, Severson Lake, Little Detroit Lake, and Little Cormorant Lake. Bass and northern pike are an easy catch on the weedlines of most lakes and goose-hunting efforts have tapered off since opening weekend.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Big Sand Lake is kicking out walleyes in 32 to 34 feet on sucker minnows. Look to Fish Hook Lake with crawlers for walleyes in 18 feet and northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in nine to 12 feet at Long Lake. Spinnerbaits are turning bass from the shorelines out to 10 feet at Fish Hook, while sunfish remain active in 10 feet throughout the Crow Wing Chain of Lakes. Bear hunters continue to register a few animals – overall the season has been much better than last year and youth waterfowl hunters shot quite a few teal and wood ducks last Saturday.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Star Lake and Dead Lake are producing sunfish and crappies in 12 feet early and late in the day. Hit Otter Tail Lake with jigs and fatheads for walleyes in 24 to 40 feet. On Little Pine Lake and Big Pine Lake, walleyes are being taken with redtails in 12 to 18 feet during the day or with Shad Raps during low-light periods in eight feet. Hunting reports have been minimal for bears and geese.
Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355