Spinners and crawlers or jigs and minnows are producing walleyes on Lake Ida and Lake Miltona in 16 to 25 feet, the 25- to 30-foot humps on Lake Carlos or 11 to 15 feet on Reno Lake. The Le Homme Dieu Chain of Lakes is giving up crappies, bass, and sunfish along the 12- to 14-foot weedlines. Hit the shallow weeds on Miltona with bucktails for muskies during the evening hours.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Look for walleyes to hit minnows in 10 to 20 feet or crankbaits in 5 feet on Otter Tail Lake, West Battle Lake, Clitherall Lake and Silver Lake. Sunfish and crappies are being found on the 8- to 15-foot weedlines on Heilberger Lake, West Battle, Blanche Lake and Clitherall. Bass fishing has been best in the 8-foot weedbeds with plastics at West Battle, East Battle Lake, Bass Lake, Clitherall and Blanche. The 12- to 20-foot weedlines on Donald Lake, West Battle and Otter Tail are producing northern pike via sucker minnows or spoons. The evening hours are producing muskies in 10 to 15 feet on West Battle.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Muskies are hitting topwater baits on the middepth weedlines and humps at Pelican Lake and Big Detroit Lake. Minnows and crawlers are producing walleyes in 15 to 21 feet on Big Detroit, Pelican, Lake Melissa, Lake Sallie and Big Cormorant Lake. Crappie and sunfish action has been best on the weedlines of Big Detroit, Melissa, Siverteen Lake, Floyd Lake and Sour Lake.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
PARK RAPIDS AREA
A few walleyes are being caught during low-light periods on crawlers and leeches at Fish Hook Lake and Potato Lake in 18 to 22 feet or in the weeds on Long Lake in 14 to 16 feet. Northern pike continue to hit sucker minnows in 12 to 14 feet on Long and Fish Hook, while bass fishing remains strong in the shallow weeds out to 15 feet on most lakes. Look for bluegills throughout the Crow Wing Chain of Lakes in 12 to 14 feet, and bear baiting reports have indicated a lot of berries in the woods.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099
Jigging Rapalas are producing walleyes on Big Pine Lake in 18 to 30 feet, while crankbaits are turning walleyes on Little Pine Lake in 8 to 10 feet. The 8- to 11-foot weedlines on Long Lake, Rush Lake, and Star Lake are giving up crappies and sunfish. Look for bass and pike along the deep weedlines of most lakes.
Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355