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Ben's Bait (Battle Lake)

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fishingdad

Does anyone know how late Ben's is open during the week? I'm headed up there Thurs. night but won't get to Batttle Lake until about 7o'clock.

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CabinBoy

I know they are open until at least 9:00, maybe even 10:00.

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Gissert

If Ben's is closed, the Shell station (used to be Conoco) in Underwood has bait and it open 'til 11:00.

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fishingdad

Thanks for the info on the closing times. One more question. I'm curious if some of you local guys could pick one lake in the ottertail area to try and catch crappies which lake would it be? I've honestly always done pretty good on Walker but, I'm going to be up there fishing ottertail from Thurs. night through Mon. morning and was thinking if I get so tired of catching huge walleyes on ottertail(ha ha). I would like to try one of the other local lakes for some crappies some afternoon. I'll post after I get back and let ya' know if it was feast or famine.

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Jarrod32

Buchanan can also be decent for crappies...

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GRAND DAD

lundprov can you tell me what the ice safe to drive all over right know am over on star lake and they aren't bitting very well it's been pretty hit and miss most of them have been catching in the early am and not as big as normal so i was thinking on taking the portable over there and giving it a try if I remember right you can only keep 5 crappies out of there right thanks

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CabinBoy

Try South Lida by Pelican Rapids. They have an 11" min. size, but you will catch your share over that. You can access off Hwy. 108 or you can go through the resort but he'll charge you $3/person.

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GRAND DAD

Thanks lundprov

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Ol'MarbleEyes

FishingDad...if you are looking to catch some crappies, lundprov is giving good advice...Norway can be a lake where you can catch quite a few on certain nights...but in fishing that lake for a few years now and having a friend of mine fish it once or twice a week in the winter (including this year)you will have a hard time finding 15"-17" (2lbs) crappies!! The norm out there will be 9"-12" fish...unless they have been taking growth hormones this week!!

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GRAND DAD

Looks like am going to be bring my daughter up fishing any one no where some sunfish might be biteing or even tulbees need something to keep her busy size really dosn't matter

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Gissert

Grand Dad -

If you are looking for consistant action, try the perch fishing on Ottertail.

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CPRBASS

Can anyone tell me some specifics to the crappies on Norway? I wouldn't mind trying it out. Also, how has the bluegill bite been there?

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GRAND DAD

I can't tell you anything but am going to try it sat early am then I think am going to take gissert advice and try OT in the after noon I know Star has been giving up some nice sun fish at least there has been pletty of people fishing for them in the west arm and i know they have been good size I haven't been fishing for them been fishing for crappies so am a little deep where my fishhouse is and the crappies haven't been bitting to well can any one tell me are they catching some keeper pearch on ot and where sould I go for should I just follow the people!

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Gissert

Grand Dad -

Stop in at Ken's Bait on the west side of Ottertail, and they'll get you pointed in the right direction.

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GRAND DAD

I have never heard of that place how far is it from Ben's is it off the same road I don't know the area to good!!

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Gissert

Ken's is on the west shore of the lake. Go north from where the river exits the lake, and you will come to a three way stop. This is where you can get on the lake. Go north another 3/4 mile or so, and Ken's Bait is on your right.

Good Luck!

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yourresort

Gissert,

You mean that Ken's is on the LEFT when coming from the south. It is actually about exactly 1/2 mile north of Graystone Bar & Restuarant (Where the Winter Lake Access is)

To get to the west end of Otter Tail lake from Battle Lake. Go North on MN Hwy 78 for ~4 Miles, Take a Left on County Hwy 72. This will head west for a 1/2 mile and then turn north for another 1/2 mile to the lake. Once you hit the lake where the river comes out, Graystone is 1 mile.

I know this direction well as I live next to Ken's.

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Paul Ness
Three Seasons Lodge on Otter Tail Lake

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Gissert

LOL, oops, my bad.

Grand Dad - How did you do?

[This message has been edited by Gissert (edited 01-27-2004).]

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GRAND DAD

I didn't make it over there I left there early and headed home I saw that storm coming through fish some on long lake by underwood to see if i could get some sunfish but nothing then went back to star to see if i could get some of these big sunfish poeple talk about and got a few but all small so hopefully i will make it over there this weekend

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