Despite steady wind and rain, walleyes remain cooperative – Northwest Report
Minnows and jigs or live-bait rigs tipped with crawlers and leeches are turning walleyes in 12 to 18 feet of water at lakes Mary, Reno, and Miltona. Crappies and sunfish remain shallow on lakes Darling, Le Homme Dieu, Carlos, and Victoria. The 14- to 18-foot weedlines of most lakes are producing northern pike and bass are being caught with plastics in shallow water on area lakes.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
A jig and minnow continues to trigger walleyes in eight to 25 feet of water at Otter Tail Lake, Silver Lake, and Walker Lake. Spinnerbaits, spoons, and minnows are turning northern pike in 12 to 15 feet at Otter Tail and Fiske Lake. Look for panfish in less than eight feet on lakes such as East Battle, West Battle, and Mollie Stark. Bass reports have been limited.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Crappies and bluegills are mixed together over 10 feet on lakes Melissa, Sour, Floyd, and Big Detroit. Walleyes are taking leeches and minnows in 17 to 21 feet at Melissa, Lake Sallie, and Pelican Lake. Bass and northern pike are hitting spinnerbaits in the shallow to mid-depth weeds of most lakes.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Northern pike are hitting crankbaits and sucker minnows in 14 feet at Fish Hook Lake. Look for walleyes to take leeches in 18 to 20 feet at Big Sand Lake, Long Lake, and Potato Lake. Smallmouth bass are hitting on the shorelines of Potato and Fish Hook is giving up largemouth bass. Panfish remain active in four to eight feet at Long, Fish Hook, and the Crow Wing Chain of Lakes.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
You’ll catch walleyes with shiner minnows in five to seven feet or with leeches in 14 to 22 feet at Big Pine Lake, Little Pine Lake, and Rush Lake. Northern pike are an easy catch on most lakes, while bass are going in the shallows of lakes such as Star, Buchanan, Dead, and Big Pine. Crappies and sunfish remain shallow at Rice Lake, Little McDonald Lake, Tamarack Lake, and Dead. Power Bait is producing rainbow trout over 40 to 50 feet at Bad Medicine Lake.
Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355
Catfish action in the Grand Forks area has been best early and late in the day in fast water areas with some structure. During midday hours when the sun is highest, look in 20 to 25 feet and keep moving until you a pod of active fish. Sucker minnows have been the best bait. The Drayton area has produced better numbers of catfish anywhere with fast moving water or deep holes.
Brad Durick Outdoors