Northwest Minnesota Fishing Report – August 9th, 2013
You’ll find sunfish, crappies, bass, northern pike, and a few walleyes on the 15- to 19-foot weeedlines of lakes Darling, Carlos, Ida, Le Homme Dieu, and Miltona. Bass fishing has been strong on the flats on most lakes in the area in 10 to 14 feet of water, and muskie anglers are reporting more following fish than those willing to bite at Miltona and Lobster Lake with topwater baits.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Trolling with crawlers and leeches or vertically working a jig and minnow has produced walleyes in 15 to 22 feet at West Battle Lake, East Battle Lake, and Otter Tail Lake. Crankbaits also are turning walleyes on these lakes during low-light periods in shallower water. Spinnerbaits are turning bass around the docks and cabbage of lakes Donald, Clitherall, South Turtle, Fish, and Blanche. Hit the deeper weedlines of Fiske Lake, Donald Lake, West Battle, and Fish for panfish, while suckers continue to produce pike in 15 to 18 feet at Donald, Otter Tail, and Silver Lake.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Sunfish are hitting small leeches in the eight- to 18-foot cabbage and crappies are being found suspended on the deep weedlines of lakes Melissa, Floyd, Sour, Severson, and Big Detroit. Walleyes can be had with leeches and crawlers during low-light periods in 15 to 22 feet at Big Detroit, Lake Sallie, Melissa, and Big Cormorant Lake. Muskies are hitting topwater baits at Pelican Lake and Beers Lake early and late each day.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248