Northwest Minnesota Fishing Report – July 6th, 2012
Lake Miltona, Lake Andrew, and Lake Mary are producing walleyes early and late in the day in 12 to 15 feet on leeches. Miltona is giving up muskies and bass fishing is strong on the bars and weedlines of the Le Homme Dieu Chain. Look for crappies and sunfish on the weedlines and bars of lakes Darling, Le Homme Dieu, and Geneva.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Walleyes are hitting live bait during the day in 10 to 20 feet and crankbaits during low-light periods in six to eight feet on Otter Tail Lake, Rush Lake, and West Battle Lake. Look for panfish in 10 to 16 feet on East Battle Lake, Donald Lake, Fish Lake, Mollie Stark Lake, and West Battle. Topwater baits are triggering muskies in the shallow weeds of West Battle, while bass fishing is strong on most lakes in the 10- to 14-foot weeds.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Work deep weedlines or weed pockets within the thick weeds for sunfish and bass on lakes Melissa, Sallie, Floyd, Big Detroit, Deadshot Bay, and Severson. Walleyes continue to hit leeches and crawlers in 18 to 25 feet on Big Cormorant Lake, Big Detroit, Sallie, and Melissa. Bucktails and topwater baits are producing muskies on the shallow weedlines of Big Detroit and Pelican Lake.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Bluegills are hitting in 10 to 12 feet on Fish Hook Lake and the Crow Wing Chain. Smallmouth bass can be taken with leeches and minnows in 16 to 20 feet on Big Sand Lake, Potato Lake, and Long Lake. Big Sand, Fish Hook, and Potato are the area’s best walleye options in 16 to 25 feet with leeches or nightcrawlers. Big Mantrap Lake is a safe bet for pike and muskies in 12 to 16 feet.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Sucker minnows are providing steady catfish action in the Grand Forks area, although big fish are scarce. Look to fast water near breaks, deep holes, and tight to snag areas. The Drayton area continues to produce numbers of catfish anywhere there’s a break near current. Sucker minnows and frogs are working on this stretch.
Brad Durick Outdoors