Northwest Minnesota Fishing Report – December 19th, 2014
Walleyes are biting during low-light periods on Lake Miltona and Lake Ida in 17 to 20 feet or 18 to 22 feet on Lake Le Homme Dieu and Lake Darling. The north end of Lake Carlos is giving up crappies in 12 to 15 feet, as is Maple Lake in 8 to 12 feet. Hit the north end of Chippewa Lake and Lake Louise for sunfish in 8 to 11 feet. On Reno Lake, you’ll find walleyes in 15 to 18 feet and crappies in 10 to 15 feet.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Walleyes are being found in 15 to 30 feet at Otter Tail Lake, Rush Lake, Pelican Lake, Ten Mile Lake and West Battle Lake. Look for sunfish and crappies in 10 to 15 feet on lakes Stalker, South Turtle, Fish, and West Battle. Tip-ups and sucker minnows are producing northern pike in 15 to 20 feet on Donald Lake, North Turtle Lake, Otter Tail and West Battle.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Crappies and sunfish continue to hit in 10 to 12 feet on Little Detroit Lake, while lakes such as Height of Land, Toad, Sallie and Melissa are producing a mixed bag of panfish in 15 to 18 feet. Walleye reports have been best off Sallie, Melissa, Big Cormorant and Little Cormorant in 17 feet or 20 feet on the south end of Deadshot Bay.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Walleyes continue to hit spoons or setlines and shiner minnows on Fish Hook Lake and Potato Lake in 18 to 20 feet during low-light periods. Northern pike also are hitting in 12 to 14 feet on Fish Hook and crappies are being caught on Big Mantrap Lake over 20 to 30 feet during the day or 12 to 14 feet in the evenings. Waxworms are producing sunfish on Straight Lake and the Crow Wing Chain of Lakes in 12 feet.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099
Look for suspended crappies over 25 to 35 feet on Big Pine Lake, Lake Marion, Dead Lake and Star Lake. Walleye action has been best during low-light periods in 10 to 14 feet on Big Pine, Rush Lake and Little Pine Lake with setlines and shiners or glow spoons and minnow heads.
Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355