Minnesota Fishing Report

Walleye have been active in the Otter Tail County Lakes Area. Leeches are working well on jigs, live bait rigs, and spinners, but can be difficult to find. Crawlers are working well on live bait rigs and spinners. The minnow bite has picked up when combined with a jig or live bait rig. Depths of 14-24 feet have been best. Smallmouth bass action has picked up, with nice fish coming from Cormorant, Lida and Island lakes. Most fish are relating to weed cover in 13 feet of water or less. For the most action, use jigs, jigging spoons and spinners. Northern pike are active on the deeper weed edges, hitting crankbaits, spinners, spoons, and large sucker minnows on rigs. Fish over 30-inches in length are coming from Sallie, Melissa, Big Detroit, McDonald and Pine lakes. Muskie activity is high on Big Detroit, Sallie and Pelican lakes, with fish measuring over 50-inches caught and released this past week. Anglers having the most success are casting baits over mid-lake weed flats. Panfish are extremely active in the weeds, hitting pieces of crawler, waxies, small minnows, and panfish jigs with plastics.