First post here. I've really wanted to get into smallmouth fishing. It's hard to track down reports about rivers and creeks, so I was wondering if there are any nice smallmouth creeks around Ottertail County. I live about 50 miles into southeast ND and I have a couple cabins I can stay at around Otter Tail. I would really appreciate any information you are willing to share. Thank you!
Ended up going out to the South end of the lake this weekend. Did ok for bites not knowing the lake so only brought home one pike. Saw quite a few more but they were all too big to keep with the 24-36 slot in effect. Biggest surprise was catching a small pout on my first cast yesterday. Definitely a river lake.
5.18.2020 On the south end... Resorts are open and anglers enjoying fishing and fish frys. A strong walleye bite continues with best success in 20 - 30 feet of water. Anchored up and vertical jigging a jig and minnow or frozen emerald shiner has been very successful. Gold / pink or gold / orange colors hard to beat. South end water temps warmer than north end of lake. Fish on the south end mainly post spawn, up north, still spawning. A nice mix of eaters, slots and trophies. Some big pike continue to be caught as well.
On the Rainy River... Some good walleyes were caught in the river this week. Best depth 12-24'. Jigs and minnows working the best. Some fish still being caught in the Four Mile Bay and the Bostic Bay areas. Fish are post spawn. Some shiners are in the river holding fish. The sturgeon season is closed until July 1st when the season re-opens.
Up at the NW Angle... Until the US / Canada border opens, guests can travel across the lake and stay in MN waters. Some resorts are offering transport service across the lake in MN waters to the Angle prior to the border opening. Various south shore resorts are offering parking for guests of NW Angle resorts.
Fishing is great. Anglers fishing the Angle are catching good numbers of walleyes. Jigging rocky points and reefs close to islands in 8 - 25 feet of water effective. Some good fish also coming on crankbaits in 8-12' of water.
I have not seen or heard from anyone on the form so I thought I would post some pictures of opening weekend on rainy lake, May 16 and 17. Water is about 18” low from July levels and water temperature is 56 degrees as of Sunday. The walleyes and bass were caught on jig and minnows in 8’- 12’ of water.
Who’s ready for pre spawn? Water temps on the river should be getting close right? I lived on the Minnesota River most my life now I’m stuck in central and I’m not a lake fishing guy. Anyone off the Minnesota, Mississippi, or St. Croix have any updates on water temps in those rivers, feel free to reply! I’m scratchin to go cat’n ! Going out this weekend to fill the bait tank with some bullheads.
Just kinda curious to hear if anyone hit the chain this weekend...specifically if they fished the river? I fished the lakes because of the water temps, but was just curious if people had success on the river.
I found the typical situation for spring, fish shallower then you think you should fish. I caught all of my eyes in less then 10 FOW, and most in 7 FOW right off any weed edge you could find.
Caught a few cats, one shallow with some eyes, then saw a school of fish on a break, thought they might be a group of female eye, and turned out to be a big school of cats. But, nothing wrong with a 6-7 cat on a light jigging setup.
Kiddos had a blast. The River is hot right now! Fishies got the feedbag on bigtime. We were using nightcrawlers mostly. Crank/spinners or minnows will work fine too (as others down the shore (more than 6 feet away of course) were having good luck.)
One fun story: I get a smallie on. I can tell he's all tied up in another line. ...But it's not one of our lines and at that time, there's no one else around... ? Turns out, the fish has a hook lodged deep in the throat with a long leader of line hanging out it's mouth with a swivel--my hook snagged the knot of line/swivel! Long and short, I got the other hook out and released him with no bleeding/harm. Yay!
Life is better when you've got a little bass-thumb...
Isaac was at it again this evening! He has now broke his PB 3 times since Friday. Friday he caught a 19 1/2" that weighted 4lbs 10oz, then Saturday the 5lb 2oz, 20 3/4" girl above.
Now today, he catches another 20 3/4" but this one weighted 5lbs 6oz!
He is on fire!
Or, I am just good luck!
I emailed manicks yesterday morning and voiced my concerns, 3 hours later my dock was in, but not the lift. It looks like they put all the docks in on the Partridge River. We got 6 more walleyes last night, 1- 12" and the others over 22". Back home now.
Seconded! I took down 3 pines on Sunday and a brief but refreshing dip followed.
Manick’s hadn’t been to Wakemup Narrows, so it was a working weekend around the place- fun to read the fishing reports, keep them coming!
Gave it a go over the weekend. Nothing F and F but did get our a limit. Harnesses with the standard chartreuse blades trolling at 1.4-1.6. Did play with some flicker minnows and flicker shads and nothing on the minnows but did get two and released a nice one on the shads
Just troll the flats. The fish LOVE those crawlers.