Northwest Minnesota Fishing Report – November 23rd, 2012
A handful of anglers took advantage of the nice weather this week, fishing as deep as 60 feet for walleyes on Lake Miltona and Lake Ida. Muskies continue to be taken on large sucker minnows in 12 to 15 feet on Miltona and Oscar Lake as well. The warm weather has allowed good numbers of ducks to utilize the open water in this area with divers and mallards in most bags.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Even with the warm weather, many ponds remained ice covered and a handful of lakes had ice floating on them as of Tuesday morning. The only open-water fishing worth noting is taking place on West Battle Lake, where large sucker minnows are turning muskies in 20 feet.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Some of the small lakes, bays, and access areas remained covered with ice as of Tuesday morning despite the warm weather. On other lakes, boats were still being dumped in with some decent walleye action reported on Big Cormorant Lake with minnows in 20 feet. Anglers on Big Detroit Lake were catching muskies on large sucker minnows along the shallow weed edges.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Many channels, shallow bays, and ponds remained ice covered early this week, despite the warm weather. With any stretch of cold weather, there’s a chance that some ice fishing could start within a week to 10 days on select small lakes. With the exception of a few anglers fishing from shore, there hasn’t been much to report. The duck season wrapped up on a good note in this area of the north zone with geese, mallards, and divers being shot.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Anglers continue to fish open water with the nice weather this week as walleyes are hitting minnows and jigs over 50 to 80 feet at Otter Tail Lake and Big Pine Lake. Very little ice has taken hold in this area as of Tuesday morning. The lack of ice did allow duck hunters in the north zone to wrap up their season on a good note with mallards and divers available in good numbers at the end of the season.
Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355