Northwest Minnesota Fishing Report – June 29th, 2012
Crappies have moved to the bars and weed edges of Lake Le Homme Dieu and Lake Darling. The entire Le Homme Dieu Chain has been excellent for bass, and sunfish remain in the shallow weeds on most lakes. Spinners and crawlers are turning walleyes on Lake Reno and Lake Mary in 12 to 15 feet, while rigs and leeches are working best at Lake Andrew in eight to 12 feet.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle
During the day, walleyes are hitting crawlers and leeches in 11 to 20 feet, and at night it’s a crankbait bite in shallow water on Otter Tail Lake, Rush Lake, Silver Lake, and West Battle Lake. Look for panfish in 10 to 17 feet on Mollie Stark Lake, East Battle Lake, Rush, and West Battle. Muskies are hitting bucktails near the docks and shallow weeds of West Battle, while lakes Donald, Dead, and Fiske are producing bass in shallow water. The 15-foot weedlines of Fiske and Donald are kicking out northern pike.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Walleyes are hitting leeches and crawlers along the 18- to 22-foot weedlines of lakes Melissa, Sallie, Big Cormorant, Big Pine, Little Pine, and Big Detroit. Sunfish and bass are being plucked from the deep weed pockets of lakes Melissa, Sallie, Severson, Deadshot Bay, Little Detroit, and Floyd. Muskie action has been best on bucktails when the wind blows on the inside weed edges of Beers Lake, Pelican Lake, and Big Detroit.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Lindy rigs tipped with crawlers or leeches are turning walleyes on Potato Lake and Fish Hook Lake in 18 to 24 feet. Smallmouth bass are being taken on live bait in 16 to 20 feet on Potato, Long Lake, and Big Sand Lake. Sucker minnows are producing northern pike in 14 feet at Big Mantrap Lake, Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Crow Wing lakes. Look for bluegills in 10 to 12 feet on Fish Hook, and suspended crappies over 20 feet at Big Mantrap.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
The Grand Forks area is kicking out numbers of smaller catfish, but no bigger fish at this point. The shallow snags or eddies adjacent to fast water have been best, with shrimp or stink baits catching fish. The Drayton area has produced a few more big cats on sucker minnows and frogs.
Brad Durick Outdoors