Northwest Minnesota Fishing Report – January 9th, 2015
A few walleyes are hitting on Lake Miltona and Lake Ida during the evening hours in 17 to 22 feet. Crappie reports have been best off Lake Mary in 8 to 14 feet and Chippewa Lake is producing sunfish in 8 to 12 feet. Since the cold arrived, consistently finding fish has been difficult.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Walleyes are hitting shiner minnows on setlines at Otter Tail Lake in 16 to 20 feet and West Battle Lake in 30 to 40 feet. Sunfish and crappies are hitting glow jigs in 12 to 16 feet at West Battle, Ellingson Lake and Blanche Lake. Northern pike are an easy catch in 10 to 20 feet with sucker minnows on Pickeral Lake, Donald Lake and Otter Tail.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Walleye action has been best during low-light periods in 18 to 20 feet on Big Cormorant Lake, Lake Sallie, Big Detroit Lake and Lake Melissa. Crappies are being found suspended over 15 to 20 feet and sunfish are hitting in 10 to 13 feet on Deadshot Bay, Floyd Lake, Sour Lake and Melissa.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
PARK RAPIDS AREA
A few walleyes continue to hit during the evening hours on Fish Hook Lake in 22 to 26 feet. Bluegill reports remain favorable on lakes such as Fish Hook, Belle Taine, Straight and the Crow Wing Chain in 11 to 14 feet. On Big Mantrap Lake, crappies, bluegills and northern pike remain active in 12 to 15 feet.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099
Look for suspended crappies over the deep holes of Rush Lake, Big Pine Lake, Star Lake and Dead Lake. A few walleyes can be had during low-light periods on Big Pine and Little Pine Lake in 14 to 20 feet. Rush is giving up sunfish in 12 feet, while Hungry Lake and Rice Lake are holding suspended bluegills and crappies over 35 to 40 feet.
Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355