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2020 Detroit Lakes-Pelican Rapids Fishing Reports - Lake Conditions


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I'm not really lying I just thought other people should know about this lake. I have seen a few other lakes like this around. There is one up becker 1 that had a big beaver lodge on it that I trapped in the fall. When I stepped in the weeds next to the lodge a bunch of little fish came squirting up on top of them. I picked some up and they were little crappies about 2 inches long. I also got permission to fish this lake but haven't gotten the chance yet. You would be surprised how many lakes around here I have seen fish in.

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This is a Thread to post fishing reports and thats it! If you dont feel the need to name lakes thats fine, lets hear what depth, color, time of day, or bait to use.

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The boy and I went out before the Super Bowl and had a great go of it. Fished from 2:00 to 5:00 and had a banner night. Just one crappie(small) and several dozen(close to 100) Bluegill. It was not-stop for 3 hours. My hands are cut up from handling all the fish. My son's are cut too. It was probably the most fun I've ever had on the ice. I will try to post a pic.

Son's largest BG. My hand is 8" from tip of finger to the bottom of hand.

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Hope this works....

Kept 10. We had a talk about putting fish back to keep a healthy and larger population.

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Took my son (4 year old) out to the house on sallie last night. Caught only 3 small eyes. I am going to try to move the house out to new spot. Didn't mark many on the Vex. Still fun to have the little dude out there.

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Went out on Long Lake down by Vergas Saturday afternoon. We fished from about 4 to 8. We were in 14ft and the 3 of us kept 18 sunnies and 6 crappies.

The ice was fine to drive out on Saturday but when we left the the lake the access was in real bad shape.

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Anyone ever fish strawberry lake? A buddy and I went there on monday in the rain, caught some of the biggest sunfish ive seen for a long time, lots of 10 plus. couple were close to 12, let them go. wont tell u where on the lake tho, took us a long time to find them. we were using ratso jigs, better with the black and purple. I'll be back.

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Fished a couple smaller area lakes and found the pannies to be more towards the shallow structure. I drilled like 25 holes last night and went hole hopping started out deep and worked my way in shallow. I ended up catching about 25 crappies and some small gills and perch out of the shallowest hole, too bad they were all about 8inches with a couple 10 inchers mixed in. I found the fish in about 12 FOW, I started out fishing in 19, in a lake that only get about 24 feet.

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I'll be out through out the weekend checking some lakes for pannies!!! There are many lakes out in the "hills" east of my place that are pretty much untouched throughout the winter. This might just be the last weekend of ice fishing for the season for me. I hope not though.

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Leechbait I was up in your neck of the woods last weekend and we nailed the crappies didn't keep anything under 11" all in all between Friday and Saturday we kept 9 friday and then 41 on Saturday night the fish were still biting, when I finally got tired and had to head in around midnight. The bite was light I was running a ultra light rod with no bobber and a red glow jig it didnt seem to matter what the bait was between crappie minnow or fatheads, as soon as you felt a tap you had to set the hook they would not take a bobber down for anything. We fished in 28 FOW and all the fish were suspended half way up. I wish I was going again tonight but the shore ice was in very bad shape last weekend I can only imagine what this snow did to it.

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Leech, congrats on the little "M" there under your name. Nice work, you deserve it.

Yeah, cnogratulations Leechbait. I was wondering when somebody would take notice of your wealth of fishing knowlege. Congrats...you deserve it.

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Thanks fellas,

cbek, the lakes actually didn't deteriorate to much over the past week with the cold temps. A couple very well timed jumps will get you over the bad shore ice wink. Well as I said I hit a few small lakes out east of my place in the hills with very mixed results. Two of the three lakes I fished I didn't catch anything but small perch and small blue gills. They were small out of the way lakes with moderate depth, 20 foot max. The other lake I hit is 3 times as big, probably a few hundred acres and the fish were more active along shoreline structure. I caught crappies throughout the day yesterday. It seemed wherever a point came out and I could find a flat spot in 12-16 fow I'd find a few on bottom with waxies and small jigs. Towards evening they were in the same spot but up high and hitting anything you'd throw at them. Hopefully I can get out a few times this week, the weather looks like it will be nice.

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Thanks fellas,

cbek, the lakes actually didn't deteriorate to much over the past week with the cold temps. A couple very well timed jumps will get you over the bad shore ice wink.

NICE....just keep an eye on it so that you can still make that jump when it's time to leave the ice with a bucket full of Crappies..

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HAHA no doubt, but actually it wasn't that bad, in some spots especially on the NORTH side of a lake, that's what gets bad first. I hope to make it out on South Twin either tonight or tomorrow night, just depending on what Mrs. Leechbait has planned. Hopefully I can get out!!

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Found some more crappies last night, Went out not too far from shore and there still was just over a foot of good ice. Fished from 7:30 until nine and found them suspended over the first area of deep water, it was 18 feet and they were coming through not more than 7 or 8 feet down and they were actively biting. We must have caught 20 or more in the 10-11" range, I brought 5 home and my partner brought 4 home for the pan. Also c&r'd a nice 5 pound northern, what a fight he put up on 4lb test. It looks like I'll have on more weekend of ice fishing. Also take it easy along any shore you go out on now, they are getting pretty bad in spots.

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Took the sled out today and fished most of the day with good results. Our group iced around 60 crappies and also got a bunch of nice gills, up to 9.5". The ice was in good condition, probably 18-24 inches of ice left. Some good shoreline areas are still available to access if you want to get out. Found most of our fish in 12-15 fow water on the weed edge or just in the weeds.

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Fished Upper Cormorant on the 5th. Caught a mixed bag of 3 bass, 2 pike and over 50 gills. It was nice to catch some large gills compared to the metro fish I've grown used to catching. We were on a little saddle in 14 FOW. We caught all but 1 fish on our jigging sticks with a Ratso and waxies.

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Got out one last time for the year, it was a good finally. Fished for about 3 hours and got about 20 crappies. We ran out of gas in the auger so we could only drill 8 holes and we didn't want to walk an additional 300 yards to the are we fished last week that has about 150 open holes. Could probably get out a couple more times but I figure enough is enough. Time to check out a couple river inlets for panfish, and to get the boat out and ready.

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Yup fisherdog.....went out one last time yesterday as well.Did pretty well on bluegills.With rain forcast the next few days,I think it is about over.Don't remember ice fishing this late in april before.

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Went out last night. The wind went down before I got there, so I wasn't happy about that. Caught a rock bass as the sun went down and a crappie about the eighth inning of the Twins game. Had two other bites, but I whiffed on them.

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Hauled the boat to Big C tonight only to find the majority of the northern 1/2 of the lake ice covered. Ice was out 100 yards or so from the landing but there was no way to go south around the point because of ice. Soooo... we went and shore fished the bay across from swannies. I am guessing we were a week early. No bites at all. Oh well, it was good to wet a line.

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I went out to one of my favorite haunts last night for crappies and gills, but no luck. It was pretty windy for my little jigs so I threw a crappies minnow under a bobber and just sat on shore and watched the loons. No bites, a little too early for that spot but it's a nice peaceful lake out in the hills and it was relaxing. This weekend me and my bro will be bouncing around on a couple of those lakes seeing what we can find.

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Got out yesterday and caught around 30 crappies with a buddy up to 13.5" from a shore spot. Today's beautiful weather will push them back until we get another 2 days of nice weather. Still haven't gotten the boat out, need to get it out before opener to make sure everything works ok.

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Nice Job Peter, The weather is horrible for fishing now, did you see the cool nights coming up? I imagine Satrday I'll find them somewhere!!!

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Well I got water temps in the mid to high 40's. Got into a bunch of crappies in a muddy bay that read close to 50 on the finder. I found them in 4-8 FOW. C&R'd a couple pike and a waldo too, it was a good trip. Good to be out in the boat again.

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      Great fishing continues on both sides of the border.  In U.S. waters, deep mud of Little Traverse Bay continues producing walleyes in 28 - 33 feet.  Gold, white and orange spinners with a crawler is effective.
      Underwater points, sunken islands and neck down areas with a bit of current in 18 - 27 feet holding fish.  These areas are good areas to jig.
      Pike and muskie anglers are still finding good fish on weedy points using jerkbaits and topwater. 
      Travel via vehicle through Canada to the Angle is open.  Boating into Canadian waters is now open.  Contact a NW Angle resort for details.
      Charter boat transport and float planes are still available through the LOW Passenger Service and Lake Country Air.  
      A complete list of lodging and fishing packages around LOW, the NW Angle, Baudette and the Rainy River at www.fishingminnesota.com/Lodging.  


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    • gimruis
      I went fishing for the final time this season yesterday.  It was not very good.  Its the latest I've fished in a season for many years though because its been so warm out.   I decided not to duck hunt again this season based on the lack of success I've had in recent years.  By the reports I've heard locally, I made the right decision.   Between a full time job, yard work, going to the gym, and being a responsible Father/Husband, I don't get as much time to do what I want to anymore.  That's just the reality of it.  Sometimes I regret the decisions I've made on that, but now I'm stuck with it and its a necessary evil.  Retirement is still 20+ years away.  But I did go fishing 31 times this past season and I'm taking the whole week off to deer hunt.  After deer hunting I'll be pheasant hunting until the end of the year.   I'm grateful for my health and my mental ability that allow me to continue to do the things I enjoy, albeit not as much as I used to.   I try to post on here when I have successful days of fishing or hunting.  Sometimes it seems like the only fishing updates for weeks on end come from Vermilion.
    • smurfy
      🤣 neighbors don't bow hunt and they might just get a deer iffin a deer happens to run over them.😉   Thanks!!👍
    • Wanderer
      Is that that little guy at the feeder with the cr*ppy rack?    Your neighbor got the ‘tirdy pointer last weekend with his bow. 😉😝   Good luck Smurfy!
    • smurfy
      To the original intent of the post, I fished about 10 days ago and now done. Time to play with guns. Got the home front and cabin pretty much all set up for winter. Next up go get dat turdy pointer.
    • smurfy
      I hear ya bud, just pulling your chain a bit .😉
    • smurfy
      My in-laws used to live just down from morning star. They weren't on the lake but they supposedly had access to the lake near morning star, some lake easement for residents living on the opposite side of the lake.
    • deanbaron1990
      One last morning on the water this past Saturday before we took the docks and lifts out in the afternoon. Trolled the Morning Star bay for crappies. It was slow with just 2 or 3 crappies, although they were big ones. We could have kept them but chose to release. Also got a couple of northerns. I got skunked but my girlfriend got a good size northern. Biggest fish that any of the four of us caught on Saturday.
    • leech~~
      Well, actually going on family life expectancy.  Not many man on my dad's side made it past their late 60's.  On the other hand my wife's side most lived to late 80's into 90's.  So again, I really don't want to leave me wife in an area she is unfamiliar with or know anyone.  If she should pass away before me for some unknown reason.  Yes, they will find me dead in a cabin in the woods. 
    • ozzie
      Well I had to go north this weekend with the predicted weather and boy did it not disappoint!   What a great weekend of perfect weather!!  Hit up Gull Lake Saturday afternoon equipped with a dozen lite pike minnows and a plan to move until we graphed fish and move if they don't bite.  First stop we searched and found one spot with bait balls and a few fish but nothing was biting so we went searching.  Searched alot of ground over the next hour and half and didn't mark a fish, so we went back to the spot with fish marked and as we pulled up there was one boat right on the spot...catching a fish!!  We trolled around with this boat exchanging information and catching fish for the next 2 hours.  We ended up catching 9 throwing back a 25" and keeping 8 from 13" up to 23" that was gut hooked.  Fished in 20-32' of water using lindy rigs with lite pike minnows.  Some fish we would give a lot of line to and they would have the bait swallowed and other times we would give line and find the hook just barely in the lip!  Missed a lot of hook sets but could not beat what was possibly the last fishing trip of the year for me...GOOD LUCK 
    • ozzie
      I have been gearing up getting ready to walk again after 10 weeks!  I have been lucky enough to get out fishing a few times and can't wait to get out in the deer stand...bad thing is I have a basketball tournament for my 4th grade son on opening weekend of deer season and I am the coach!  Oh well I have used enough patience getting this far, what are another few days!  Otherwise not much for me to do...
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