Northwest Minnesota Fishing Report – April 19th, 2013
Most anglers continue to use ATVs to access lakes and the ice has not started to recede from the shorelines. Little Mary Lake is producing sunfish and crappies in seven feet, as is Lake Le Homme Dieu in less than eight feet. The bays on Lake Ida are providing a mixed bag of panfish as well. These fish are usually suspended just below the ice.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
ATVs continue to be a travel option on the lakes in this area. Crappies and sunfish are being caught in 15 to 20 feet on West Battle Lake, West Lost Lake, East Lost Lake, and South Turtle Lake. West Battle also is giving up perch in 15 to 30 feet, while waxworms are turning tullibees in the deep holes of Pickeral Lake, Mollie Stark Lake, and Clitherall Lake.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
A few fishermen continue to hit area lakes with ATVs as ice conditions remain favorable for fishing. There have been tullibee reports coming from the deep-water areas on Star Lake, Long Lake, Big Pine Lake, Pelican Lake, Loon Lake, and Little Pine Lake. Look for crappies and sunfish on Floyd Lake, Mud Lake, Height of Land Lake, Tamarack Lake, Buffalo Lake, and Rock Lake in less than 10 feet of water.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
PARK RAPIDS AREA
The ice really hasn’t started to deteriorate throughout the area and the shorelines remain intact, but fishing pressure has been light. Bluegills are hitting Eurolarve and waxworms on Fish Hook Lake and Straight Lake in about 10 feet of water. Crappie action has been slow this week.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281