Crawlers or minnows are producing walleyes in 30 to 40 feet or along the weedlines of Lake Miltona, Lake Carlos and Lake Ida. Work the weed edges on lakes Darling, Le Homme Dieu and Chippewa for walleyes as well. Crappies are being caught in 15 to 25 feet on Ida, the east side of Reno Lake in 8 to 12 feet, and the south end of Lake Victoria. Bass seem to be hitting in 15 to 20 feet on most lakes, and bucktails are raising muskies on Miltona. Goose hunters are finding success with plenty of birds to be had.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Look for walleyes in 15 to 20 feet or 6 to 8 feet on West Battle Lake and Otter Tail Lake. Sunfish action is strong in 10 feet on German Lake, West Battle or Rush Lake, and crappies are being found suspended over 15 to 20 feet on West Battle, Clitherall Lake and Bass Lake by Underwood. Bass continue to hit plastics on the weedlines of Fiske Lake and South Turtle Lake, northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in 12 to 15 feet on Clitherall, West Battle and Otter Tail, and muskies are biting in 17 feet on West Battle. Goose hunting has been slow in the immediate area but better to the west and north.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Walleye reports have been limited to a few fish off Potato Lake and Fish Hook Lake in 18 to 22 feet with minnows. Sucker minnows are producing northern pike on Big Mantrap Lake in 12 feet, and bass fishing remains strong on most lakes with spinnerbaits or plastics. Look for bluegills in 12 feet on the Crow Wing Chain and the weedlines of Island Lake and Eagle Lake are producing a few crappies during the evenings. Bear and goose hunting action has been slow.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099
Trolling crankbaits in the evenings in 5 to 8 feet at Little Pine Lake and Big Pine Lake has produced walleyes. During the day, Jigging Rapalas are turning walleyes in 18 to 25 feet on Rush Lake, Little Pine and Big Pine. You’ll find crappies and sunfish along the 12-foot weed edges of Long Lake, Dead Lake and Star Lake. Some hunters are doing OK and others are struggling to find geese.
Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355