Northwest Minnesota Fishing Report – May 23rd, 2014


Crawlers and minnows are triggering walleyes during the evening hours at Lake Mary and Reno Lake in seven to 15 feet or at Oscar Lake in nine to 15 feet. Walleyes also are hitting crankbaits at night in the shallow, current areas on lakes that offer it. Look for crappies in three to six feet on lakes Darling, Pocket, Rachel, Lobster, Oscar and Reno.

Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle       (320) 763-3255


The current areas on Otter Tail Lake are producing walleyes in five to seven feet, as are the six- to eight-foot weeds on Walker Lake, Silver Lake and Rush Lake, where a jig and minnow remains the best presentation. Crappies and sunfish have moved into the bays at Elbow Lake, Clitherall Lake, Mollie Stark Lake and Silver, while northern pike are taking sucker minnows in the 10- to 15-foot weeds on Otter Tail and West Battle Lake.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Minnows pitched in four to eight feet have produced walleyes at lakes Sallie, Melissa, Cotton, Big Detroit, Big Cormorant and Upper Cormorant. Early this week, crappies hit in 10 to 12 feet, but they should move shallower by the weekend on Melissa, Cotton, Deadshot Bay, Severson Lake and Little Detroit Lake.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


The mouths of most rivers or current areas on Island Lake, Fish Hook Lake, the Crow Wing Chain and Potato Lake are producing walleyes on minnows in three to six feet. Northern pike are hitting minnows in three to seven feet on Island, while small crankbaits are producing rainbow trout at Blacksmith Lake near the surface in 10 to 12 feet. The Straight River continues to give up brown trout via nightcrawlers. 

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-8128


Walleyes have been hitting shiner minnows on the shallow rocks or current flow areas of Big Pine Lake, Rush Lake and Little Pine Lake. Northern pike have been an easy catch with crankbaits or minnows on most lakes and panfish action has also been improving in the bays of Little McDonald Lake, Loon Lake, Sybil Lake and Big Pine.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355

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