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How's Ottertail?

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Making the weeklong trip again next week and was wondering how the walleye fishing has been. How about lake levels? Thanks in advance.

Rainman

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Its been good for me, catching a lot of fish in different depths. Have too sort through some smaller fish and remember to release those small ones.

A. Shae

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I will also be heading up to OT this weekend also and a fat juicy leech is the ticket, according to the the owner of the resort we are at. The water levels are high and eyes are being caught in different depth's. He reported, his Brother caught 12, last Friday afternoon and that others have been doing good. Hope this helps.

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Anyone still getting fish on shiners? I use them as long as I can find them but with the crazy weather it might be tough.

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There are a lot of small eyes in OT but there is a little secret to bagging 5-7lbrs steady weve done it many times but you have to be willing to fish when most arent!

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