Minnesota Fishing Report

The panfish have been more difficult to catch lately. They seem to still be lingering near drops on mid-depth weedy flats but have really become impersonal and unreasonable. Crappies and sunnies can be found at 10-15 feet with crappie minnows. The panfish bite slowing might be because they are under the influence of active pike. Larger pike are not as common as last week, but the 18-25 inch class of northern seem to be pretty feisty. Northerns can be found along the weedlines around 15 feet with sucker minnows. The full moon last weekend destroyed any simulation of a daytime walleye pattern. Luckily, the full moon will be off our backs this week so relax and expect more fish cooperating mid-day. Golds, glow reds, and fire tiger perch patterns are still strong bets for walleye. Walleye can be found at 25-35 feet with fatheads and shiners. Be aware that the new snow cover continues to darken the lakes and will change color patterning and fish location. Travel continues to be tricky with full-sized trucks. ATV’s and snowmobiles are certainly the best type of travel. Good luck in Otter Tail Lakes Country. Just a reminder that Sunday Febarury, 23rd (this Sunday) is the last chance at fishing northern and walleye until the MN walleye opener in May.

Ross Hagemeister