Minnesota Fishing Report

IMG_19621As of Dec. 4th, there was 5-9 inches of ice on most Otter Tail and Detroit Lakes area lakes, and six to ten inches of snow had fallen. Lakes with less ice were expected to have some problems with slush for a few days until below zero temperatures created firmer conditions. Walleyes have been holding at the transition areas. For the most fish, check 10-15 foot depths during morning and evening hours, and 20-30 foot depths during daylight hours. Aggressive jigging with spoons and rattle jigs has produced best. Northern pike have been active in the shallower waters close to weed cover. Crappies have set up over basin areas in 20-35 feet of water, with some also found tight to the weed edges with sharp breaks to deep water in 12-18 foot depths. Sunfish are relating to shallow weeds close to the first break. Jigging has produced more fish than the more subtle bobber approach. Please make safety your first priority, and stick to foot travel, wheelers or snowmobiles for at least another week.