Minnows are turning walleyes on the 14- to 16-foot weedlines of Lake Darling and Lake Le Homme Dieu and in 25 to 35 feet at Lake Miltona and Lake Ida. Crappies are being found on the weedlines of Lake Carlos, Lake Victoria and Darling, while sunfish can be had on most lakes in 6 to 12 feet. Bass fishing remains strong with the deep weeds holding bigger fish on most lakes. Muskie action was slower this week. Youth waterfowl hunters shot a mixed bag of puddle ducks and there’s still plenty of geese to be had.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Walleyes are hitting minnows in 20 to 30 feet during the day or crankbaits in 5 to 7 feet in the evenings at Otter Tail Lake, West Battle Lake and Clitherall Lake. Look for crappies and sunfish in 15 to 18 feet at South Turtle Lake and Clitherall. Bass are hitting spinnerbaits in 8 to 10 feet at West Battle, Clitherall and Eagle Lake. Northern pike are taking sucker minnows on the 15- to 18-foot weedlines of Donald Lake, Clitherall and West Battle, while muskies are biting in 15 to 18 feet at West Battle. Goose-hunting reports have been mostly poor.
Muskies are being taken with big blade baits on Big Detroit Lake and via trolling on Pelican Lake in 12 to 18 feet of water. Walleyes are hitting minnows in 18 feet on Big Detroit, Big Cormorant Lake, Upper Cormorant Lake, Lake Sallie and Lake Melissa. You’ll find panfish along the 16- to 18-foot weedlines of lakes Sour, Severson, Floyd, Deadshot Bay and Big Detroit. There aren’t big numbers of geese being shot but everyone seems to be getting a few.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Crappies are being found from the weedlines out to 25 feet on lakes Wabana, Big Splithand, Pokegama, Big Cutfoot, Little Cutfoot and Sand. Chubs are producing walleyes on the deep weedlines and structure of Trout Lake, Pokegama and Wabana. Look for muskies on Deer Lake, Moose Lake and North Star Lake, while large sucker minnows are producing pike over 20 feet on Pokegama and Trout. Grouse hunters are seeing a lot of birds, but it’s been tough to connect as a result of all the foliage.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Minnows continue to produce walleyes in 18 to 20 feet of water on Fish Hook Lake and Potato Lake. Look to the Crow Wing Chain of Lakes in 12 feet for bluegills and to the 12-foot weedlines on Island Lake for crappies. Big Mantrap Lake is producing northern pike via sucker minnows in 12 to 14 feet of water. Grouse hunting reports have been mixed, but most groups are flushing birds.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099