Lake Ida and Lake Miltona are producing walleyes in 25 to 32 feet, while lakes Le Homme Dieu and Darling are giving up walleyes in 16 to 18 feet. Little Mary Lake, Smith Lake, and Lake Carlos are safe bets for sunfish in eight to 12 feet and the 16-foot weedlines on Lake Geneva and Le Homme Dieu are holding crappies.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Crappies and sunfish are swimming together in 12 to 16 feet on Blanche Lake, Bogen Lake, South Turtle Lake, and West Lost Lake. Look for walleyes to hit shiner minnows or glow-colored jigging spoons during the early morning and evening hours at Otter Tail Lake in 15 to 30 feet, West Battle Lake in 25 to 36 feet, and Rush Lake in 15 to 30 feet. Tip ups and sucker minnows are producing northern pike over 12 to 15 feet at Otter Tail, South Turtle, and North Turtle Lake.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Look for sunfish on the 10- to 12-foot weedlines and crappies suspended just off the deep side of the weeds at lakes Melissa, Sallie, Floyd, Severson, and Deadshot Bay. Little Detroit Lake is kicking out crappies, sunfish, and northern pike in 12 to 14 feet. Walleyes continue to hit shiner minnows and jigging spoons in 18 to 21 feet on Big Detroit Lake, Little Cormorant Lake, Melissa, Sallie, and Little Detroit.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Setlines and fatheads are producing walleyes at Fish Hook Lake during the evening hours in 21 feet. There’s a consistent daytime bite on Fish Hook for northern pike in eight to 12 feet. Bluegill action remains favorable in 14 feet on Lake Belle Taine and 12 feet on Straight Lake. Limited vehicle traffic has started on a few lakes, but ATVs and snowmobiles are the best options for getting around.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-8128