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Northwest Minnesota Fishing Report – November 7th, 2014


A jig and minnow combination is producing walleyes on Lake Darling and Lake Le Homme Dieu in 28 to 35 feet of water during the day. During low-light periods, the weedlines have been the most productive. Walleyes also can be coaxed into hitting minnows on Lake Miltona and Lake Ida over 50 to 60 feet of water. Look to Lobster Lake and Miltona with large sucker minnows for muskies. Duck and pheasant hunting reports have been limited, though that’s mainly due to a lack of participation.

Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle       (320) 763-3255


When the weather allows people to get out, Otter Tail Lake continues to produce walleyes in 30 to 45 feet or 8 to 12 feet of water. Crappies also remain suspended over 20 feet  of water on Fiske Lake and Dead Lake, but fishing pressure for them has been limited. Look to West Battle Lake for muskies in 18 to 22 feet. A few northern ducks have moved into the area and with the forecast calling for cold and wind this weekend, duck numbers could improve even more.    

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


A handful of anglers are catching walleyes on minnows in 15 to 22 feet of water at Big Detroit Lake and Lake Melissa. Muskies can be had with large sucker minnows over 12 to 15 feet on Pelican Lake and Big Detroit, and although pressure has been limited, crappies are suspended and active over 20 to 35 feet on most lakes. Deer activity has improved with more buck movement noticed during daytime hours.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


Fishing pressure has been minimal, with a few anglers continuing to catch walleyes on shiner minnows at Cedar Lake in 25 feet of water and Big Birch Lake in 30 to 45 feet of water. Hunting reports also have been light.

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405


The few people fishing are finding walleyes on Long Lake in 10 to 18 feet and Fish Hook Lake in 18 to 21 feet with shiner minnows. Waterfowl hunters are shooting a lot of geese and a few more divers, while grouse hunting continues to be productive. Deer activity has increased and with good weather, hunters should have a fine start to the gun season this weekend.  

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099


Walleyes can be had with vertically-presented jig and minnow combinations in 30 feet of water or more on Big Pine Lake and Little Pine Lake. Crappie and northern pike reports from the area have been limited. A few northern ducks, including some mallards, have moved into the area. Bowhunters continue to report better movement of bucks, even during midday hours.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355

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