Northwest Minnesota Fishing Report – December 5th, 2014


Ice depths vary from 4 to 11 inches on area lakes. Look to Little Lake Mary for crappies and sunfish in 10 feet and to Maple Lake for crappies in 10 to 15 feet. Hit the east side of Reno Lake for perch, walleyes, and crappies in 7 to 10 feet, or the west bay of Lake Miltona for walleyes in 13 to 18 feet. Crappies and sunfish have started hitting on Lake Louise in less than 12 feet and you’ll hit a few walleyes in 18 feet on Lake Darling.

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


Ice depths vary from 4 to 13 inches depending on the lake or area within a given lake. Look for walleyes in 17 feet on the north end of Otter Tail Lake, east side of West Battle Lake, the narrows on Pelican Lake, and Ten Mile Lake. A few crappies and sunfish are biting along the 10- to 15- foot weeds at Stalker Lake and Bass Lake. Northern pike are in shallow water on North Turtle Lake, South Turtle Lake, and north side of Otter Tail. 

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Ten to 12 inches of ice is pretty common on the lakes being fished. Walleye action has been best in 18 to 20 feet on Lake Sallie, Lake Melissa, and the south end of Big Detroit Lake. Crappies and walleyes are coming off Little Detroit Lake in 10 to 12 feet, while Floyd Lake is producing panfish in 12 to 15 feet.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


Walleye action has been strong with shiner minnows at Mound Lake in 18 to 20 feet and pike are hitting on Latimer Lake in shallow water. Look to Kings Lake for walleyes and crappies in 15 to 20 feet, while pike spearing has been decent on the small lakes. Anglers report 6 to 8 inches of ice on most lakes.

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405


Walleye action picked up on Fish Hook Lake, Long Lake, and Potato Lake in 18 feet. Big Mantrap Lake and the Crow Wing Chain are giving up pike in 8 to 12 feet, while 16 to 18 feet has been best for crappies during the evening on the Crow Wing Chain. Ice depths vary with up to 14 inches reported.  

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099


Setlines and shiner minnows or spoons are producing walleyes in 16 to 20 feet on Rush Lake, Big Pine Lake, and Little Pine Lake. Sunfish reports have been best off Star Lake and Dead Lake in 12 to 20 feet. Pike are hitting in less than 12 feet. Ice conditions are good with 10 to 14 inches on most lakes.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355

Categories: MInnesota Fishing Reports, North West

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