Northwest Minnesota Fishing Report – July 18, 2014


It’s been a spotty bite, but walleyes are hitting crawlers and leeches in 18 to 24 feet on lakes Le Homme Dieu, Darling, Carlos, Miltona, and Ida. On Lake Mary and Reno, a few walleyes are hitting spinners and crawlers during the evening hours in 12 to 15 feet. The Le Homme Dieu Chain of Lakes remains the best option for crappie and bluegill fishing along the weedlines in 12 to 15 feet of water. Muskie reports have been limited, but the bigger bass are now hitting plastics on the bars and deep weedlines of most lakes.

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


Lakes within the entire Otter Tail County area are now in a no-wake zone within 100 yards of shore. Walleyes are taking leeches or jigs and minnows in 12 to 25 feet on Otter Tail Lake, West Battle Lake, Rush Lake, and Silver Lake. Look for northern pike along the 15- to 20-foot weedlines of Fiske Lake, Otter Tail, West Battle, and Clitherall Lake. Bass continue to hit topwater baits over the lilly pads and mid-depth weeds on South Turtle Lake, Long Lake, Stalker Lake, and Blanche Lake. Sunfish and crappies are being found in 12 to 15 feet on Mollie Stark Lake, East Battle Lake, West Battle, Clitherall, and Silver. Muskie action has been best off the weed points of West Battle in 15 to 22 feet with Jakes or deep-running baits.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


BullDawgs have started triggering muskies on the humps of Big Detroit Lake. Walleyes are taking crawlers and leeches in 18 to 20 feet on Big Detroit, Lake Melissa, Lake Sallie, Pelican Lake, and Middle Cormorant Lake. Look for sunfish in 8 to 20 feet and crappies in 12 to 14 feet on lakes Floyd, Severson, Sour, Sallie, and Melissa.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


Walleyes are hitting Lindy rigs and leeches during low-light periods in 18 to 22 feet at Potato Lake and Fish Hook Lake. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on the Crow Wing Chain and Big Mantrap Lake in 12 to 14 feet. Plastics are turning bass in 9 to 14 feet on most lakes, while Two Inlets Lake is producing bluegills in 12 to 15 feet during the day and crappies in the evening hours along the weedlines. Rainbow trout are suspended over deep water and hitting crawlers or Power Bait at Long Lake and Bad Medicine Lake. 

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099


Walleyes and crappies are hitting shallow-running crankbaits in 6 to 8 feet on Big Pine Lake and Rush Lake. Spoons are producing northern pike on the weedlines of Big Pine, Rush, and Little Pine Lake, while spinnerbaits have produced muskies on the 10-foot weeds of Beers Lake. Crappies and sunfish remain active in the 12-foot cabbage of Lake Marion, Buchanan Lake, Little McDonald Lake, and Big McDonald Lake. Throw crankbaits on the weedlines of Rush for largemouth bass.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355



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