Thursday, February 2nd, 2023
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Minnesota Pro Tip of the Week: On Otter Tail Lake, tough day bite shifts focus to evenings on the flats

Pulling crankbaits on the weedy flats and breaklines in 8 to 12 feet of water has been a pretty decent bite, from about 9 to 11 p.m.

By Todd Cameron

After a tough day last week at Otter Tail, I decided to give it another go this week. I thought I would have a better outing this time around. No dice. The bite has really fallen off. She can be a cruel lake.

I’ll probably focus my fishing, which is centered around the day time, to some other area lakes, but Otter Tail does typically offer a nice bite in these tougher conditions for those willing to fish the first two hours after sunset.

Pulling crankbaits on the weedy flats and breaklines in 8 to 12 feet of water has been a pretty decent bite, from about 9 to 11 p.m.

It’s just not the numbers lake it used to be. Makes me wonder if the lack of stocking during the pandemic for two years is to blame for the lack of young year classes in Otter Tail. We’re just not catching them. They are not shallow. They are not deep. They are just not there.

While the fishing seems to be slow, with fewer year classes in the system, at least at the level we expect, there are at least some nicer fish in the lake, in the 16 to 19-inch range. The quality of fish out there is amazing.

Cameron is one half of the operation known as PT’s Fishing Guide Service, along with Phil Jensen. Their website is www.ptsguideservice.com or reach Cameron at (218) 639-2052.

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