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Northwest Minnesota Fishing Report – October 17th, 2014


Muskies are hitting sucker minnows at Lobster Lake and bass fishing reports have been good off most lakes in 6 to 12 feet with crankbaits. A jig and minnow is turning walleyes in 50 to 55 feet on Lake Miltona or on the weedlines of Lake Le Homme Dieu and Lake Darling during the evening hours. The pheasant opener was slow and duck hunters continue to find a few divers, but mostly local mallards and wood ducks.

Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle       

(320) 763-3255


A jig and minnow is producing walleyes in 9 feet on Otter Tail Lake and Rush Lake or West Battle Lake in 20 to 25 feet. Bass are hitting spinnerbaits in 10 to 15 feet on Donald Lake, Silver Lake, North Turtle Lake, and West Battle. Large sucker minnows are turning muskies over 20 to 22 feet on West Battle. A few turkeys have been registered this week. 

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Walleyes are hitting minnows in 11 to 25 feet on Big Cormorant Lake, Lake Melissa, and Lake Sallie. Large suckers are producing muskies on top of the 7- to 15-foot weeds of Big Detroit Lake. Look for crappies over 10 to 15 feet on Sour Lake, Floyd Lake, Sallie, and Big Detroit. Waterfowl hunters continue to find mallards and better numbers of divers.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


Minnows are producing walleyes on Fish Hook Lake and Long Lake in 18 to 24 feet. Pike can be had on Big Mantrap Lake in 10 to 12 feet. Grouse hunters are offering mixed reports, although some people that are willing to work seem to be finding birds. A few more divers have moved into the area.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099


Trolling crankbaits at night in shallow water has produced walleyes on Big Pine and Little Pine lakes. On Otter Tail Lake, Jigging Rapalas or minnows are producing walleyes in 35 to 50 feet. Look to Lake Marion for a mixed bag of panfish from 12 feet, while crappies are suspended over 35 feet on Big Pine and Little Pine. Duck hunting has been very good with mallards, ringnecks, redheads, and some canvasbacks now being shot. 

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355

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