Northwest Minnesota Fishing Report – June 22nd, 2012
Crappies are being plucked from the eight- to 12-foot cabbage on lakes Darling, Geneva, Le Homme Dieu, and Carlos. Minnows are producing northern pike on most lakes and bass are hitting plastics in 10 to 14 feet at Le Homme Dieu and Lake Miltona. A jig and minnow continues to turn walleyes in 12 feet on Miltona and Lake Mary, while muskie anglers are finding active fish on Miltona.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Walleyes are hitting crankbaits at night and leeches or minnows during the day in 10 to 20 feet at Rush Lake and Otter Tail Lake. There’s an evening walleye bite with leeches in 15 to 25 feet at West Battle Lake. Pike are hitting sucker minnows or spoons in 12 to 15 feet on West Battle, Fiske Lake, and Otter Tail. Crappies can be had in 12 feet on Fish Lake, Mollie Stark Lake, and East Battle Lake, while bluegills are going in eight feet at East Battle, West Battle, Rush, and Donald Lake. Topwater baits are triggering muskies in shallow water on West Battle and Mollie Stark and perch are hitting a jig and minnow on the flats of Otter Tail.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Walleyes are being caught with leeches and nightcrawlers on the weedlines out to 21 feet at lakes Melissa, Sallie, Pelican, Big Cormorant, and Big Detroit Lake. Crappies are suspended on the weedlines, while sunfish are being found in four feet out to the weedlines of lakes Melissa, Big Detroit, Severson, Little Cormorant, Floyd, and Deadshot Bay. Shallow-running crankbaits are triggering muskies in less than 10 feet on Big Detroit and Pelican.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Hit Long Lake with leeches and crawlers for walleyes in 18 feet. On Big Sand Lake, minnows are producing walleyes and smallmouth bass in 25 to 30 feet. Rapalas or sucker minnows are turning northern pike in 14 feet at Two Inlets Lake and Big Mantrap Lake is kicking out crappies in 14 to 16 feet. The deep weed edge on Fish Hook Lake is worth noting for largemouth bass and Potato Lake is a safe bet for smallmouth bass. The Crow Wing Chain continues to produce bluegills in 12 feet and bucktails thrown on the weedlines of Big Mantrap have produced muskies.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Lindy rigs tipped with leeches or redtails are turning walleyes in 14 to 28 feet during the day, as are crankbaits at night in eight feet at Rush Lake, Big Pine Lake, and Little Pine Lake. You’ll find panfish in the 10- to 14-foot cabbage of lakes Marion, Little McDonald, and Big McDonald. Largemouth bass are hitting on Dead Lake as are smallmouth bass at Lake Lida.
Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355