Crappie action is strong in the weeds and along weedlines on Lake Irene, Lake Darling, Lake Carlos, Lake Ida, and Lake Le Homme Dieu. Look to Lake Miltona and Ida with leeches or minnows for walleyes in 18 to 24 feet. Look for sunfish in 16 to 18 feet and bass on the flats of most lakes. Bucktails are raising muskies on Miltona along shallow weedlines.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Panfish action is strong on 8- to 12-foot weedlines of Clitherall Lake, West Battle Lake, and Blanche Lake. Walleye action is best with minnows in 12 to 18 feet during the day or with crankbaits at night in 5 to 7 feet at Otter Tail Lake and West Battle. Pike are hitting sucker minnows on the deep weedlines of West Battle, Otter Tail, and Donald Lake. Muskies can be had with large suckers or bucktails on West Battle in 10 to 15 feet.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Walleye action has been best with minnows in 15 to 20 feet on lakes Melissa, Sallie, Big Detroit, Pelican, and Big Cormorant. Panfish are hitting on the weedlines of most lakes with Floyd, Sour, and Big Detroit standing out this week. Muskie reports also have been favorable with topwater baits producing the most fish on the weedlines of Pelican.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Walleyes and northern pike are coming off the weedlines of Long Lake in 14 to 18 feet with minnows. Big Mantrap Lake is producing northern pike via sucker minnows along the 12- to 16-foot weeds and crappies over 16 to 18 feet. Fish Hook Lake is kicking bluegills in 12 feet, while largemouth bass are hitting on the deep and shallow weeds on most lakes. Bear hunting reports have been limited, but baits seem to be getting hit.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099
Jigs and fatheads are producing walleyes and crappies in 17 to 21 feet on Big Pine Lake. On Little Pine Lake and Big Pine, jigging Rapalas work in 17 to 25 feet, as do shallow-running crankbaits at night in 5 to 8 feet.
Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355