During the day leeches and crawlers are producing walleyes in 12 to 15 feet as are crankbaits in shallow water at night on Lake Miltona. Crappies continue to be pulled from 12 feet on Lake Darling and Lake Le Homme Dieu, while sunfish are hitting on the weedlines of most lakes. Spinnerbaits are producing bass and pike on most lakes with some bigger fish coming off Miltona and Lake Ida in 15 feet.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Hit Otter Tail Lake with crawlers during the day in 11 to 20 feet or West Battle Lake during the evening hours with leeches in 20 to 35 feet for walleyes. Crankbaits also work on both lakes at night in six to eight feet. Panfish action remains strong in 15 to 17 feet on West Battle, East Battle Lake, and Rush Lake. Bass are being found in the bulrushes and lily pads of East Battle, Fiske Lake, and Donald Lake. Sucker minnows or spoons are safe bets for northern pike on the weedlines of Otter Tail, West Battle, and Donald. The docks and shallow weeds of West Battle continue to produce muskies.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Walleyes are hitting crawlers on the 18- to 22-foot weedlines of Big Detroit Lake, Big Cormorant Lake, and Lake Melissa. Look to the deep weedlines of Big Detroit, Height of Land Lake, Floyd Lake, and Tamarack Lake for bluegills. You’ll find bass and pike in the weeds of most lakes, while large blade baits and topwater baits are producing muskies on the deep weeds of Beers Lake, Pelican Lake, and Big Detroit.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Crawlers and leeches are triggering walleyes in 25 to 31 feet at Long Lake and Big Sand Lake. Suckers are the ticket for pike on Fish Hook Lake and Big Mantrap Lake in 12 to 14 feet. Bluegills are hitting in 12 to 14 feet on the Crow Wing Chain and Lake Belle Taine, while largemouth and smallmouth bass are taking topwater and spinnerbaits on the shorelines out to 16 feet. Look for rainbow trout suspended over deep water on Bad Medicine Lake and Long. Muskies are chasing bucktails on Big Mantrap.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Crankbaits or spinner rigs and crawlers are producing walleyes in six to 10 feet on Big Pine Lake, Little Pine Lake, and Rush Lake. Hit 12 feet of water on lakes Marion, Dead, and Star for bluegills and crappies. Crankbaits are turning northern pike and bass on the weedlines of Big Pine and Long Lake, while muskies are hitting on the 15- to 17-foot weeds of most lakes that hold them.
Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355