Northwest Minnesota Fishing Report – June 15th, 2012
Leeches, crawlers, or fathead minnows are turning walleyes in 15 to 18 feet at Lake Mary and Reno Lake. The same presentations will turn ‘eyes on Lake Miltona along the weedlines during low-light periods and in 16 feet during the day. Look for bluegills in the reeds on Lake Le Homme Dieu or Lake Darling and spinnerbaits are producing bass on the weedlines of most lakes. The weedlines of Miltona have provided consistent muskie action with BullDawgs.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Walleyes are being taken with a jig and minnow during the evening hours in eight to 11 feet at Otter Tail Lake and Rush Lake and during the day with leeches in 17 to 20 feet on West Battle Lake. Spinnerbaits thrown in the lily pads of Lake Donald, and East Battle are producing bass. You’ll catch bluegills and crappies in eight feet at Donald, West Battle, Rush, and Mollie Stark Lake. Northern pike are hitting spoons and sucker minnows on the 17-foot weedlines of Otter Tail, West Battle, and Fiske, while muskies are chasing stickbaits in less than 10 feet on West Battle.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Leeches and crawlers are producing walleyes on the deep weedlines of Big Cormorant Lake, Pelican Lake, Big Detroit Lake, and Lake Melissa. Muskie anglers are raising fish in six to 10 feet at Pelican and Big Detroit. The majority of panfish are done spawning and have moved to the mid-depth weeds of lakes Severson, Deadshot Bay, Floyd, Sour, Melissa, and Big Detroit. Bass and northern pike can be had along the 12- to 14-foot weedlines of most lakes with minnows or spinnerbaits.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Leeches or crawlers are working best for walleyes at Fish Hook Lake in 18 to 21 feet. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in 14 feet at Fish Hook and Big Mantrap Lake, while largemouth bass are being found shallow on Fish Hook and smallmouth bass are shallow on Potato Lake and Big Sand Lake. Bluegills remain active in less than six feet of water on the Crow Wing Chain and crappies are hitting best during the evening hours in the 14- to 16-foot weeds of Big Mantrap.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Catfish action remains steady in the Grand Forks area with numbers of small fish and the occasional big cat caught in most locations. Work the shallow current breaks or snag piles, stay on the move, and fresh sucker minnows are producing the majority of eating-sized fish, while the bigger cats prefer goldeyes. The Drayton area is producing catfish during the evening hours with sucker minnows working best in the deep holes.
Brad Durick Outdoors