Jump to content
  • GUESTS

    If You  want access  to member only forums on FM, You will need to Sign-in or  Sign-Up now .

    This box will disappear once you are signed in as a member.

  • Connect, BE BRAVE - We Share Fishing Reports & Outdoor Information Here

       
       "Post Your Thoughts" - Leave YOUR mark, make each place you visit "a little better"! Post please......

      Join the Minnesota Fishing Report Club, where only club members see what is shared. Just 99 cents to join. Click here please.

      Because you want others to share great outdoor information with you!!!! Share what you 'love about your area'.

      EMOJI those posts you 'appreciate, please.'

      Have Fun!!!

Joe

2020 Ottertail-Battle Lake-Perham-Fergus Falls area Fishing Reports

Recommended Posts

Joe

2020 Ottertail-Battle Lake-Perham-Fergus Falls area Fishing Reports - Click Here.

Click Above for 2020 Fishing Reports↑↑↑↑

2009 - 2020  Ottertail-Battle Lake-Perham-Fergus Falls area Fishing Reports are below ↓↓↓↓ (Over 25 pages of 25 posts per page).

 

Go ahead and post fishing reports and conditions in this thread.

 

Lot's of good info below already. Newer Reports are on pages that follow.

 

Be sure to give back and share your fishing reports here as well.

 

Thanks.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Gissert

With the heavy snow from the last six weeks, it has curtailed a lot of the activity that is normally seen.

The lakes are beginning to heal up a bit, but there is still a lot of slush in spots. Use caution going off the beaten path.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
jerkin'm

Ditto Gissert's reply...fished a couple days over the last few weeks..LOTS of water as soon as you drill holes and plenty of slush pockets..Can't imagine having a permanent shack out around the area...fishing was not very good either..

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
windowmate

We have been out on Rush every weekend and it has been slow. We get fish but not like we did early in the season. Crappies as of lately have even been picky. Have not done much morning or late night fishing any suggestions if I'm wasting my time on either.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
tacklebox7FF

well.. I don't know how people are doing on panfish, but we did pretty good two weeks ago.. last weekend wasn't worth a darn.. i think it was the colder weather.. it should heat up this weekend again I would think!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Ruegs23

Lot's of light biters last week. I was running the line over my finger to detect any bites. Even then I would not feel all the bites. A few times I would just lift up because the fish on my vexilar was all over my bait and the fish would be on!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
jimmygrip

Spent most of Saturday on Ottertail, Had trouble finding fish and only ended up with 5 decent perch in 14 foot depth. They were biting when I could locate them but they seemed to be few and far between. Lots of houses removed from the lake. Not bad getting around on a snowmobile.

JIMMYGRIP

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Catfish_Nuggets

Same story for me on OT. I located some fish but they just were not biting and when they were they were so small that they were stealing the minnow head. I tried many different depths, etc. It was frustrating dealing with the wind too....overall, pretty disgusted with it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Trapper4

Fished most of Sunday on Rush Lake. My first Hot spot, a good panfish spot in Dec., produced zilch for sunnies (a couple bits) and one pike. Next, fished among the crowd on the East side and hooked into several very small sunfish. Third spot, found some crappie and sunfish in 17 fow on a sharp break. They were really finicky with a lot of pop and stop bites. Only caught 3 of each between 4 & 6PM, but they were nice size. All on waxies. Minnows produced no bits. It pays to keep moving and it was a great day weather wise.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Mr. Wizard

We're coming up this weekend to Rush. What are the conditions on the lake after the last couple days weather? Snowmobile travel? Anyone been on the trails to NYM and OT, Maplewood, Smokey Hills, Itasca.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
tacklebox7FF

haven't been to rush this year yet..sorry

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
fishyslayer

Anyone want to provide some info on what the best access to go out of on Otter? Any hints on where some good fishing is for some decent size perch on this lake? South, North, West, East side?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
firefish_12

is Ottertail open yet--I'd like to bring the boat and try for some perchies??---does anyone have any info on this??

Thanks

FF

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
firefish_12

fishslayer--I heard the sand flats on the west side are a good starting point--but I may be wrong as I've never tried this just heard second hand. I'd like to give it a whirl --when are you headed up there??

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Gissert

Not open yet. Shore ice is just beginning to melt.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
carpmanjake

if anyone catches a BIG smallie, around the orwell dam with a lucky craft live pointer in its mouth. i would like it back. lol

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
carpmanjake

orwell 2nd trip

8 species

walleye (caught alot of them like this, lost a few in the 2-3lb range, lindy rigs and leeches were the trick)

101_0900.jpg

small mouth

101_0893.jpg

101_0898.jpg

this runt bit more than he could chew. LOL

101_0894.jpg

i also had a monster smallie break my line, she took a lucky craft live pointer. i would guess her to be at least 4 lbs from how she looked. it was starting to get dark. but she was huge

bluegill

101_0899.jpg

gold eye

101_0895.jpg

drum

101_0896.jpg

shorthead

101_0897.jpg

channel cat

101_0902.jpg

silver

101_0901.jpg

seen alot of carp up shallow, but once i got out my fly rod, i couldnt find any of em.

also found a nice pike up close to the dam. i tossed a 3" gulp shiner and her, and she would go crazy for it when it hit the water. very aggressive for sure. hooked her, but her teeth cut through my line with ease (only 6lb test, UL gear)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Abudrag

I'm heading up to Ottertail Lake next week. Anybody willing to share some tips as to what type of bait, presentation, location and depth? Any information would be much appreciated.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
GRAND DAD

I think am going to be fishing it this weekend If I find any thing useful all pass it on.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
slammer

I know some of the tourny boats last weekend did good with shiners yet. Myself, I had good luck with a crawler and lindy rig on Tues. eve. in 15-25 fow.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
fishcanoe

The Gils and Bass were biting well in the shallows last weekend on Silver. We picked up a few "true" 17" bass. In another lake I had a musky grab a 17" walleye - that was exciting. I went back with an 8" soft bait, but never saw the ski' again. I tried trolling cranks for walleye's, drifting with a lindy rig and some vertical jigging on Silver but no walleye bites at all

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ottertailguy

We were up this past week on O.T. and our best luck was on a deep hump that came up to 30 feet on leeches. It was very sunny with little wind but once we found them we worked that area very slow.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
carpmanjake

anyone get my live pointer back yet? lol

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
SpitnArgueDuckClub*

Holy moly, I just looked up the "live pointer" lures and at $20.00 a piece you might try offering some kind of reward.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
carpmanjake

ya. they are expensive lol.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Joe Z.

Jake,

If it helps, the next time they lower the water level look for some of 15-20 #5 Crawfish Rattlin' Fat Raps and Rattlin' Raps I lost above and below the dam over the last 20 years. They are all yours. ;-) Joe Z.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Dave S

I've lost a few of those as well Joe. Excellent bait for the smallies and I even caught a 6 lb channel on one too.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
carpmanjake

joe- wont be going back there anytime soon. my dad wants to catch cats, and we couldnt get any of any size. we got one about 3lbs in those 2 trips.

so he lost all faith in orwell. and i would really have to twist his arm to get him to go back

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Joe Z.

Try below and downstream from Pisgah Dam in Fergus Falls for Cats. They won't be 20+ like north of Wahp/Breck but respectable. Chicken Livers. Joe Z

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
MIke A

Anybody been out for eyes recently?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.




  • Similar Content

    • Eyesniper
      By Eyesniper
      Anyone know for 100% positive who has shiners in the west metro area? Apparently there is a large shortage of them again this year and I prefer them for set lining cats. 
    • Dave S
      By Dave S
      Might be heading up to Borden Lake this weekend. That is, if the ice and travel conditions are good. Is atv travel possible or hasn't there been much traffic on the lake?
    • Jason Johnston
      By Jason Johnston
      We are new to Minnesota fishing, I've read you can have 3 hooks within 9" on a tip up.  Can you have a minnow on each hook?  Or only allowed one bait, for example, a 9" smelt with all the hooks attached?  Kind of a man made lure.
    • Bucketcastle
      By Bucketcastle
      This will be my second year going.  All fish need to be released alive.  Its pretty deep water.  Has barotrauma popped up at all with fish being released at the contest?

    • Wheezy Outdoors
      By Wheezy Outdoors
      Variable conditions seems to be the trend this season. This past weekend we had yet another snow storm which dumped approximately 10-12 inches in the Remer, Longville, Outing, and Walker area. Travel has been best still with sleds or track machines. Colder temps the past few weeks have firmed things up on some bodies of water which were once heavy laden with slush, however there are still several lakes that unfortunately we would not advise to travel on until things improve, and with the "January thaw" approaching that might be a while. If you are planning on traveling to the area, call the area resorts or bait shops to get current conditions prior.
      This past weekend was the Winter Inland Trout Opener. Stories of success were across the board. As some people had great success, others struggled. We ourselves definitely had noticed more lookers than takers on the Vexilar, but managed to get a few topside. Fighting the cold front that hit mid Saturday morning, being on the right body of water, and having the right presentation all factored in.
      Lake Trout: Lakers are hitting tipped tubes and spoons in 35'-70' of water. Look to the inside turns, points, and shelves. And the best advice I can give any fisherman targeting trout is STAY MOBILE. Keep moving until you get one on the graph, never spending more than 5-10 minutes in an inactive hole. And not only should you stay on the move, but keep that lure moving consistently, working the entire water column.

      Stream Trout: Try searching around 4'-9' of water on the stocked trout lakes. Small spoons like the Clam Speed Spoon tipped with a Maki Plastic or waxie have produced the best.

      Panfish: Hit the shallow weedlines for those big Gills, and drill out over the deep basins in 22'-35' feet of water to catch the Crappies. Tungsten jigs tipped with waxies have worked well. Again, the key to success is staying mobile.

      Walleye: Still can be found on the shoreline points anywhere from 11'-26' feet of water and on the sunken humps. Jigging using spoons tipped with a minnow head have been best when they have been aggressive. If your noticing them coming in yet seemingly shy of the jig, slow down your movement, and try a simpler presentation. Toss down a set-line with a plain hook tipped with a medium Shiner or small Sucker Minnow.

      Alice Wiese
      Wheezy Outdoors
      218-275-7525
      [email protected]

    • Randy  Kato
      By Randy Kato
      Hi there was just wondering If there is plans for a Cool cats get together this year Thanks Randy
    • JBMasterAngler
      By JBMasterAngler
      Anyone brave the snow and get out for the trout opener? Based on reports and pictures I seen, if you didn’t have a snowmobile, you weren’t getting anywhere away from the gunflint trail. 
       
      Every time I see it snow in Grand Marais, I cringe. I’m planning on going up there in late March. It’s shaping up to be nothing but slush, slush, and more slush! 😖
    • Eyesniper
      By Eyesniper
      Has anyone been out to big swan recently? Curious how the ice is and if there are spots to avoid as I’ve not fished this lake before. Looking to target cats as my other lakes have been lacking this year. Don’t need other people’s spots just ice conditions. Would like to bring out my 3/4 ton and 17’ IC if possible. 
    • knoppers
      By knoppers
      2020 Current Fishing Reports - Click Here. Show us your pics. 
       
      thought I should start this topic up for the up coming ice season. with the recent warm weather, it may be a another week or more for safe ice travel. please be safe out there.
    • Joe
      By Joe
      2020 Brainerd-Aitkin-McGregor Fishing Reports - Click Here. Show us your pics. 
       
      Lot of nice fishing reports and lake information follow..
       
      The top Brainerd area fishing guides are posting in this report as well.
       
      Have fun and feel free to ask questions.
       
       
       
  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • Wanderer
      It’s so pretty it looks mounted already 
    • Rick G
      Suspended 10ft  off bottom, over basin area. 4mm black tungsren with white finnesse style body
    • BobT
      This morning I found a solution. I had an old pair of cross country skis that I haven't used in 25 years. I got some 1" PVC pipe and made a frame and fastened it to the skis similar to the Smitty Sled design. Took about 1-1/2 hours to make it. Tried it out this afternoon and it worked great. 
    • Huntin&Fishin
      Paul, have you heard of any depths that have been working lately?
    • Wanderer
      I sure hope you have a fantastic trip!  Never done Trout myself in all the times I’ve been in the area.   I don’t want to sound like a Debbie Downer but have you heard anything about snow and slush conditions on Trout?  Hopefully it’s not as bad as the Big V reports but they are neighbors.
    • EW6
      The Whistle Binkies Warm Up to the Polar Plunge Ice Fishingcontest is this coming Feb 1st from 12:00 Noon – 4:00 P.M. at Whistle Binkies South in Rochester MN. This is just one of many great events happening all day at Whistle Binkies to benefit Special Olympics.   Entry fee is $10, with an optional $1 big fish pot. Half of the entry fee will be donated to Special Olympics with the rest paid out to the winners. Big fish pot is winner takes all. Contestants can weigh a total of 4 fish composed of any combination of crappie, sunfish or perch. Big fish pot is open to any legal species. Registration begins anytime after 10:00 A.M. in the main building or 11:00 on the ice at the far end of the lake – ask for Eric Korman.   Hoping to see you there! Whistle Binkies Event Website  
    • Rick
      Ummm...hmmmmm... Minnesota offensive lineman Daniel Faalele is still learning football, but at 6'9" and 400 pounds...he's not undersized. If he is, I like that kind on the Gophers line.   Maybe PJ just likes over-achievers with a big motor because they can relate? Ya think!!! 🙂😁😎💜💛💜
    • SkunkedAgain
      PJ Fleck was an undersized, over-achiever with a big motor. I think that he looks for the guys with the same qualities because they can relate.
    • SkunkedAgain
      Yup, it looks like my ATV is staying home until later this winter when everything settles down and I can get it back across the ice! Thanks for the reports everyone. You're making me wish for better lake access (and a snowmobile!).   Stay safe
    • MattJ
×
×
  • Create New...