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JohnMickish

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JohnMickish

I will be renting a cabin in your area this summer (mid July) and have a choice between Rush, Ottertail, Dead, Clitheral, West Battle lake and Elbow.

I would like to know your take on which lake would be my best bet to keep my 8 year old daughter and wife busy with sunfish and northerns for awhile so I can justify my being able to sneak out to do some walleye and bass fishing.

Any info will go a long ways. I have checked the DNR website and all the lakes look good on paper but things can change from a 4 year old survey.

Thanks guys.

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Paul Rohweller

If walleyes were not a top priority I think if I were in your shoes I'd go to dead or rush. If walleyes were a must I'd be headed to ottertail, not as easy to catch panfish there tho and it gets a little rough on occasio, might be a little tough on the wife and kid.
Dead has some pretty decent bassin and some nice crappies, lots of places for them to hide also! I dont have an official position on clitherall or west battle, but I'm sure some of the guys here do! Good luck and have fun!! Paul

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ChuckN

West Battle has a lot of small sunfish that are easy targets in the summer, in the weeds. There's bass action too.

Otter Tail is pretty much strictly walleye, in my opinion.

Clitherall can be tough fishing to keep a family entertained. It's a beautiful lake, and mightly clear making fishing a challenge.

I would have to say Rush would be the best choice for the family, and your bass and walleye.

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Smokey

Before buying a cabin up here, our family spent a week at Rush Lake for four years in a row. It's a great place to take the kids fishing. Even during the dog days of summer it's possible to catch panfish, northerns, bass, bullheads, and an occasional walleye, sometimes all while sitting in one spot!
We stayed at Rush Lake Resort, which is on the west side, so it was possible to get out even on the breezy days.

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JohnMickish

Thanks guys, I booked a cabin at Rush for the middle of July. Now if anybody has some good pointers for that time of year....... smile.gif

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Paul Rohweller

One good thing about rush, it's close to ottertail if ya just gotta go catch some walleyes. Lots of lakes within 10 to 15 minutes, Go explore!! Paul

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Banger

I have done well on clitheral in the past but I didn't get a chance to make it up there last year. I did real well on panfish in mid summer and even stumbled into a few walleyes while fishing for the panfish. I agree about the scenery of the lake it is awesome. I have fished dead lake twice and did not have alot of luck there. Just my two cents.

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I used to stay at Shady Grove Resort on Rush Lake. They have a heated pool which really keeps the wife and kids VERY happy! Great Walleye all year round.

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B. Amish

mid july........
sunnies and bass aren't a problem, go to the usual reed beds, although i've caught some very large sunfish while trolling for walleyes using a lingy rig with a leetch over 15' of water on some of the islands on the west end of the lake in the middle of the summer. walleyes and northerns: find the weed beds on those islands and bars that are next to deeper colder water and you should find plenty of northern action, lively shinners on a lindy rig work great. walleyes are in these same spots also but they probabally won't start biting until the northerns have taken all but a couple of your minnows.

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yourresort

MNFishingGuy,

Remember to check out the sights in the area. We send a lot of guests to Phelps Mill and Glendalough State Park to catch the Sunnies, Bass, etc..... Bring your fishing equipment and enjoy the day.

Here are some results from our guests....
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Good-Luck


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