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Northwest Minnesota Fishing Report – January 3rd, 2014


There’s an evening crappie bite on the 16- to 18-foot weedlines of Lake Geneva and Lake Le Homme Dieu. Walleyes also are hitting during low-light conditions in 16 to 20 feet at Le Homme Dieu and Lake Darling or in 25 to 32 feet at Lake Ida and Lake Miltona. Sunfish reports are improving off lakes such as Smith, Carlos, Little Mary, and Darling in eight to 12 feet.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle       (320) 763-3255


A mixed bag of crappies and sunfish continues to be pulled from 12 to 18 feet on West Lost Lake, Blanche Lake, and South Turtle Lake. Low-light periods have been best for walleyes on West Battle Lake in 25 to 35 feet or Otter Tail Lake in 15 to 30 feet. Tip ups and sucker minnows are producing northern pike in 12 to 15 feet of water on North Turtle Lake, Otter Tail, and South Turtle.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Walleyes are hitting spoons or dead sticks and shiner minnows over 18 to 20 feet on lakes Sallie, Melissa, Big Detroit, Big Cormorant, and Little Cormorant. Crappies are active during low-light periods in 12 to 18 feet on Little Detroit Lake, Deadshot Bay, Melissa, and Little Cormorant. Big Cormorant, Deadshot Bay, Floyd Lake, Little Detroit Lake, and Sour Lake are giving up bluegills in six to 12 feet.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


Walleye action has been best on Fish Hook Lake in 18 to 21 feet or Long Lake in 18 feet. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in 14 feet at Potato Lake and Big Mantrap Lake. The Mill Pond area on Straight Lake is giving up bluegills in 12 feet and you’ll find crappies suspended over 30 feet of water on the Crow Wing Chain.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-8128


Setlines and shiner minnows are turning walleyes during low-light periods in 14 to 20 feet on Rush Lake, Big Pine Lake, and Little Pine Lake. Crappies and bluegills are hitting over 10 to 25 feet at Star Lake and Dead Lake. Anglers continue to deal with slush on most lakes so ATVs and snowmobiles are the best travel options.
Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355


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