Northwest MInnesota Fishing Report – December 26th, 2014


Crappie reports have been best off Maple Lake in 8 to 12 feet or the north end of Lake Carlos in 12 to 15 feet. Walleyes are hitting best early and late each day at Lake Le Homme Dieu and Lake Darling in 18 to 24 feet or Lake Miltona in 17 to 22 feet. Lake Louise and Chippewa Lake are worth noting for sunfish in 8 to 10 feet.

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


Low-light periods have been best for walleyes in 12 to 25 feet at West Battle Lake, Otter Tail Lake and Ten Mile Lake. Look for sunfish and crappies in 10 to 15 feet at Stalker Lake, Ellingson Lake, South Turtle Lake, the north arm of Star Lake, and off County Road 1 on Fish Lake. Tip-ups and sucker minnows are producing northern pike in 15 to 20 feet on West Battle, Otter Tail, Donald Lake and North Turtle Lake.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Look for walleyes in 17 to 19 feet on lakes Sallie, Melissa, Pelican, Big Detroit and Big Cormorant. Bluegills are biting in 12 feet, as are crappies in 12 to 17 feet on Severson Lake, Deadshot Bay, Mill Pond Lake, Buck Lake, Little Detroit Lake and Melissa. Northern pike are an easy catch with sucker minnows on most lakes in 8 to 19 feet.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


Sunfish and crappies are hitting near the narrows and north end of Swan Lake, while the north end of Long Lake is giving up sunfish out from the supper club. St. Mary’s Lake is producing small sunfish and crappies in 25 feet and spearing has been strong in front of the access on Maple Lake – you’ll find sunfish a bit deeper on Maple as well. On Bass Lake in Grey Eagle, crappies and an occasional walleye can be had in 21 feet and Lady Lake is giving up panfish to the right of the public access or on the sunken island acrosss the lake. Look to the main basin on the St. Rose end of Big Birch Lake for walleye in 21 feet and the east end of Cedar Lake is kicking out walleyes over 30 feet. 

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405


Walleyes are hitting shiner minnows during low-light periods on Long Lake in 18 to 21 feet and Fish Hook Lake in 21 to 24 feet. Bluegills have started hitting on Fish Hook in 12 feet and Big Mantrap Lake is kicking out crappies over 28 to 32 feet. Northern pike action has been strong on area lakes in 12 to 14 feet. Look to Straight Lake and the Crow Wing Chain for bluegills in 12 feet.  

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099


Crappies remain active and suspended over 25 to 35 feet on Lake Marion, Dead Lake and Big Pine Lake. Shiner minnows or rattling glow spoons are producing walleyes during the morning and evening hours at Rush Lake, Little Pine Lake, and Big Pine in 12 to 16 feet.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355

Categories: MInnesota Fishing Reports, North West

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