Northwest Minnesota Fishing Report – July 26th, 2013
The 17- to 19-foot weed edges of lakes Ida, Miltona, Le Homme Dieu, Darling, and Carlos are producing mixed bags of fish including walleyes, sunfish, and bass. The six- to 12-foot cabbage on Carlos is worth noting for crappies, while spinners and leeches are turning walleyes on Lake Mary in 18 to 24 feet. Muskies are hitting bucktails on the deep weedlines of Miltona and Lake Oscar.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Walleyes are hitting crawlers or leeches on the 15- to 20-foot humps of West Battle Lake, Otter Tail Lake, and Rush Lake. Bass are being caught on spinnerbaits around docks and cabbage at South Turtle Lake, Blanche Lake, Clitherall Lake, and Fiske Lake. Look for sunfish and crappies on the eight- to 15-foot weedlines of West Battle, Donald Lake, and Fiske. Northern pike are hitting spoons or suckers in 15 to 20 feet at Silver Lake, Otter Tail, and Donald.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Crappies and sunfish are biting along the 12- to 15-foot weedlines of lakes Melissa, Big Detroit, Sallie, Severson, and Floyd. Walleyes have moved into 20 to 24 feet and they’re hitting leeches, crawlers, or small sucker minnows at Sallie, Melissa, Pelican Lake, Big Cormorant Lake, Long Lake, and Big Detroit. A few muskies are being taken on topwater baits on Big Detroit, Pelican, and Beers Lake in two to 15 feet.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
Redtails or leeches are producing walleyes during the day in 18 to 26 feet, as are Rapalas during the evening hours in six to eight feet on Big Pine Lake. Star Lake is giving up walleyes, sunfish, and crappies in 12 to 20 feet, while Marion Lake is a safe bet for sunfish along the 12- to 18-foot weeds. Work the weedlines of Dead Lake for sunfish and bass.
Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355