Northwest Minnesota Fishing Report – September 6th, 2013


Trolling Shad Raps with leadcore or drifting with spinners and crawlers have produced walleyes in 22 to 26 feet at lakes Miltona and Ida. Work the weedlines out to 22 feet for panfish at Lake Darling, Lake Carlos, and Lake Le Homme Dieu. Bucktails are raising muskies on the 12- to 15-foot flats on Miltona. There seems to be geese around the area, but there weren’t many hunters out during the first few days of the season.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle       (320) 763-3255


Walleyes are hitting Rapalas at night in five to eight feet or minnows during the day in 12 to 20 feet on Otter Tail Lake and West Battle Lake. Work the cabbage with spinnerbaits for bass on lakes Donald, Fish, and Elbow. You’ll find sunfish in eight to 12 feet on Fish, Star Lake, or Rush Lake and crappies in the 10- to 15-foot weeds on Fish and West Battle. Sucker minnows are turning northern pike on the 15- to 20-foot weedlines of Donald, Otter Tail, and Silver Lake and Jakes have been the ticket for muskies in 15 feet at West Battle. Goose hunting reports have been poor.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Redtails have become the preferred bait for walleyes on lakes Sallie, Melissa, Big Cormorant, Pelican, and Big Detroit. Work the deep weedlines for crappies and sunfish at Floyd Lake, Severson Lake, Deadshot Bay, Little Detroit Lake, and Melissa. Muskies continue to hit bucktails on Big Detroit and Pelican during low-light periods. The goose opener was a non-event with fewer birds and less people hunting than a year ago.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


Sunfish remain active in 12 to 14 feet of water on the Crow Wing Chain and Straight Lake. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on the 12-foot weedlines of Fish Hook Lake and Long Lake. You’ll find suspended rainbow trout hitting night crawlers or Power Bait over deep water on Bad Medicine Lake and Long, while Lake Belle Taine and Big Mantrap Lake are safe bets for bass. Bear and Canada goose hunters struggled during the first couple days of the season.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

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