Northwest Minnesota Fishing Report – January 16th, 2015


A few walleyes are being caught in 25 to 35 feet on Lake Miltona, but the area ‘eye bite has been slow. Panfish action has been more consistent with crappies being found in 20 to 35 feet and sunfish in 12 to 15 feet on Maple Lake, Lake Mary, Lake Carlos and Lake Le Homme Dieu.

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


Walleye reports have been limited to a few fish off West Battle Lake in 35 to 40 feet and Eagle Lake in 20 to 30 feet. Otter Tail Lake is producing walleyes and perch in 30 to 35 feet. Crappie action is slow, but sunfish are biting at Stalker Lake, Middle Lake, Blanche Lake and Ellingson Lake in 10 to 15 feet. Hit the 15- foot weedlines of West Battle, Pickeral Lake and Donald Lake with sucker minnows for northern pike.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Look for crappies and sunfish around the island on Lake Pokegama in 17 feet or off Norway Point on Cross Lake in 22 feet. Northern pike are an easy catch on most lakes with sucker minnows in 12 to 15 feet, and Lori Lake is giving up a mixed bag of panfish in 18 feet.

65 Bait and Tackle (320) 396-9904


Look for sunfish in 10 to 12 feet and crappies suspended over 16 to 22 feet on Sour Lake, Deadshot Bay, Lake Sallie, Lake Melissa and Floyd Lake. Northern pike continue to hit on most lakes in 12 to 18 feet and a few walleyes can be had during low-light periods in 18 to 25 feet on Melissa, Sallie, Big Cormorant Lake and Big Detroit Lake. 

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


Look for crappies in 24 to 26 feet on Two Rivers Lake or in 20 to 30 feet on St. Mary’s Lake. Beauty Lake and Little Swan Lake are producing sunfish in less than 15 feet. An occasional walleye is pulled from Big Birch Lake in 20 to 40 feet and Big Swan Lake or Little Birch in 20 to 24 feet.

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405


An occasional walleye or two is caught each evening on Big Pine and Little Pine lakes in 18 feet. Look for suspended crappies over 35 feet on Big Pine and Lake Marion. Rush Lake remains a safe bet for bluegills in 10 to 12 feet.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355

Categories: MInnesota Fishing Reports, North West

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