Northwest Minnesota Fishing Report – May 31st, 2013
Lakes Miltona, Chippewa, Oscar, and Mary are producing walleyes and northern pike in nine to 12 feet via jigs and minnows. Crappies are still in the shallow bays of Lake Carlos, Lake Le Homme Dieu, Lake Geneva, and Lake Ida. Bass are hitting anything thrown at them in less than five feet on area lakes.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Walleyes continue to be found at the mouths of the rivers on Otter Tail Lake, Rush Lake, Deer Lake, and West Battle Lake. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on the 15-foot weedlines of South Turtle Lake and Otter Tail, while panfish remain shallow on lakes such as South Turtle, Deer, and Bass/Elbow.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Walleyes continue to hit minnows in 10 to 13 feet on lakes Sallie, Melissa, Big Detroit, Pelican, Big Cormorant, and Little Cormorant. Bass fishing has been awesome in shallow water on all lakes, while panfish are being found in five to 10 feet on lakes Melissa, Sour, Severson, Prairie, Floyd, and Big Detroit.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
PARK RAPIDS AREA
The flowage areas on the west arm of Potato Lake, Island Lake, Big Sand Lake, and Fish Hook Lake are giving up walleyes in eight to 12 feet. Bluegill and crappies have started to move into the pencil reeds on Fish Hook, the Crow Wing Chain, and Eagle Lake. Fish Hook is producing northern pike in eight to 10 feet and bass are active on most lakes, but the majority have been small.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Jigs and shiner minnows continue to produce walleyes in shallow water on Big Pine and Little Pine lakes and Rush Lake. The bass season started strong in shallow water, although a lot of the fish were small. Look for crappies and sunfish in the bays on Big McDonald Lake, Star Lake, Dead Lake, and Little McDonald Lake.
Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355