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Northwest Minnesota Fishing Report – January 30th, 2015


A few walleyes can be had at Otter Tail Lake in 20 to 25 feet or West Battle Lake in 30 to 35 feet. Crappies and sunfish are biting in 15 to 17 feet on lakes such as Stalker, Fiske, South Turtle and Clitherall. Sucker minnows are producing pike in 15 to 20 feet on Clitherall, Otter Tail and Fiske.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Crappies and sunfish are sitting in 16 feet on Upper Cormorant Lake, Severson Lake, Little Detroit Lake, Sour Lake and Lake Melissa. Look for walleyes in 20 to 22 feet on Big Detroit Lake, Pelican Lake and Big Cormorant Lake. Sucker minnows are producing northern pike on the weedlines of most lakes.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


Crappies are hitting in 18 to 22 feet on Round Lake and Bowstring Lake, while Tioga Bay and Poole’s Bay on Lake Pokegama are giving up a mixed bag of panfish in 13 to 30 feet. Look for crappies and sunfish on Big and Little Splithand lakes in 20 feet or at Bass Lake in 6 to 19 feet. Grave Lake and Little Cutfoot Sioux Lake are producing sunfish in 16 to 20 feet, while a few walleyes are coming off lakes Wabana, Trout and Pokegama in 15 to 30 feet. Look for lake trout on Bluewater Lake and Caribou Lake, brook trout and rainbows on Taylor Lake, splake and rainbows at Kramer Lake, and brown trout on Lucky Lake.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


A few crappies continue to come off Two Rivers Lake over 25 feet and St. Mary’s Lake is giving up crappies over 32 feet and sunfish in 18 to 21 feet. The north end of Big Birch Lake is worth noting for walleyes in 30 to 35 feet, while northern pike and sunfish can be had in 15 feet and crappies in 30 feet on Big Swan Lake. 

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405


Walleye reports continue to be slow with an occasional fish being caught on shiners at Long Lake in 30 to 32 feet. Fish Hook Lake and Big Mantrap Lake are kicking out northern pike in 14 feet. Look for suspended crappies on the Crow Wing Chain, Straight Lake and Big Mantrap over 25 to 32 feet. Bluegills are in 12 feet throughout the Crow Wing Chain. Stream trout are being found suspended just below the ice on Long Lake (North).  

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099


A few walleyes continue to be caught during the evening hours in 11 to 14 feet on Big Pine and Little Pine lakes. Crappies are being found suspended over 30 to 40 feet on Big Pine and bluegills are hitting in 12 to 19 feet on Rush Lake, Lake Marion and Buchanan Lake. Look to Hanson Lake and Long Lake for rainbow trout.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355

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