Northwest Fishing Report – July 13th, 2012
Hit the 14- to 18-foot cabbage on lakes Carlos, Geneva, Le Homme Dieu, and Darling for crappies. There’s some evening walleye action in 18 to 24 feet with a jig and minnow on Lake Miltona and Lake Ida. Le Homme Dieu is providing the biggest and most bass via crankbaits on the weedlines.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Perch are hitting fatheads on the 10-foot flats of Otter Tail Lake and the shallow weeds of Fiske Lake and Dead Lake are holding bass. Look for panfish in 10 to 17 feet at lakes Blanche, East Battle, West Battle, Rush, Mollie Stark, Clitherall, and Dead. Walleyes are being taken with leeches in 11 to 20 feet during the day and crankbaits at night in 10 feet at Otter Tail, West Battle, and Rush Lake. Northern pike and muskies are hitting in the 12-foot weeds of West Battle.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Walleyes are hitting crawlers and leeches from the weedlines out to 24 feet on lakes Melissa, Big Detroit, Big Cormorant, and Pelican. Work the weedlines of lakes Melissa, Sallie, Deadshot Bay, Floyd, Little Detroit, and Severson for panfish. Bass and northern pike are hitting in the weeds of most lakes, while topwater baits and bucktails are triggering muskies in 14 to 18 feet of water at Beers Lake, Big Detroit, and Pelican.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Crawlers remain the ticket for walleyes in 30 to 32 feet on Big Sand Lake and Long Lake. Hit Fifth and Sixth Crow Wing lakes with sucker minnows in 14 feet for pike. Waxies are producing bluegills in 12 to 14 feet on the Crow Wing Chain, Big Mantrap Lake, and Fish Hook Lake.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
The Grand Forks area is providing big numbers of catfish in areas with fast water near structure during the day and on the flats at night. Sucker minnows have been the best bait, but shrimp and frogs also are working. In the Drayton area, the cats have moved from the dam so the anglers that continue to move are doing well catching these fish that have spread out a bit.
Brad Durick Outdoors (701) 739-5808