Northwestern Minnesota Fishing Report – January 23rd, 2015


Maple Lake is kicking out crappies during low-light periods over 15 feet, as is Betsy Ross Bay on Lake Ida. Look to Lake Miltona for a few walleyes in 18 to 24 feet, while sunfish are being caught on Little Mary Lake in 10 to 12 feet.   

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


Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in 15 to 20 feet on Otter Tail Lake, West Battle Lake, and Donald Lake. Look for suspended crappies and sunfish over 10 to 17 feet on West Battle, Stalker Lake, Blanche Lake, Dead Lake, and Ellingson Lake. A few walleyes are being caught in 25 to 30 feet during low-light periods on Otter Tail, West Battle, and Rush Lake.  

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


A few walleyes continue to be caught in 20 to 22 feet on Big Detroit Lake, Lake Melissa, Lake Sallie, and Big Cormorant Lake. Look for suspended crappies in 18 feet at Melissa, Sallie, Little Cormorant Lake, Upper Cormorant Lake, and Severson Lake. These lakes also are producing sunfish in shallower water, tight to the bottom.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480 


Big Pine Lake continues to produce crappies over 30 to 40 feet and northern pike spearing has been strong here as well. Look to Big Pine, Little Pine Lake, and Rush Lake in 11 to 14 feet for a few walleyes during low-light periods. Sunfish action has been best at Little McDonald Lake, West McDonald Lake, Marion Lake, Rush Lake, and McDonald Lake in 8 to 15 feet. Anglers on Long Lake and Hanson Lake are catching rainbow trout over deep water.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355

Categories: MInnesota Fishing Reports, North West

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