Northwest Minnesota Fishing Report – June 20th, 2014


Leeches and nightcrawlers are fooling walleyes in 12 to 16 feet on Reno Lake and Lake Mary or in 16 to 24 feet at Lake Darling and Lake Carlos. Look for crappies on the weedlines of Lake Ida, while bass fishing remains strong from the shorelines out to 12 feet on most lakes. Sunfish are being found in four to eight feet on Red Rock Lake, Ida and Carlos.

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


Look for walleyes to hit leeches or minnows in 10 to 15 feet on Otter Tail Lake or 20 to 25 feet at West Battle Lake. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on the 14- to 18-foot weedlines on Fiske Lake, Donald Lake and Otter Tail. Crappies and sunfish are biting in five to seven feet at East Battle Lake, Silver Lake and Clitherall Lake and bucktails are producing muskies in seven to 10 feet or 15 to 20 feet on West Battle. Bass fishing remains strong with spinnerbaits in less than seven feet on Clitherall, Elbow Lake and South Turtle Lake.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Walleye reports remain pretty consistent with leeches and crawlers in 12 to 18 feet on lakes Lida, Melissa, Big Detroit, Big Cormorant, Sallie and Lizzie. Look for crappies and sunfish in the eight- to 12-foot weeds of Deadshot Bay, Little Detroit Lake, Floyd Lake, Seversonā€ˆLake, Sour Lake and Melissa. Big Detroit and Pelican Lake have kicked out a few muskies on topwater baits or bucktails.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


Fish Hook Lake and Potato Lake are kicking out walleyes in 14 to 18 feet on rigs and jigs tipped with live bait. Trolling spoons or sucker minnows on the Crow Wing Chain has produced  northern pike in 12 feet. Bass are hitting plastics on most lakes in less than six feet, while Fish Hook is giving up crappies along the 12- to 14-foot weed edges. Look to Bad Medicine Lake and Long Lake for rainbow trout over 20 feet. 

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099


Walleyes are hitting redtails, shiners and crawlers in nine to 15 feet on Big Pine Lake or crankbaits at night in six to nine feet on Little Pine Lake. Panfish action remains strong in nine to 12 feet at Lake Marion, Dead Lake, Star Lake and Rush Lake. Largemouth bass also are biting well at Rush in shallow water.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355

Categories: MInnesota Fishing Reports, North West

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