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I'll be arriving in the Ottertail area the first week of August. If anyone would like to discuss patterns that are currently working on Ottertail, or would enjoy discussing other lakes in the area it would be greatly appreciated.
We were up the same week last year and tremendous luck fishing very shallow on Ottertail. From reading other post this doesn't seem to be the norm. We enjoy fishing for bigger fish and just keep enough smaller fish to have a fresh meal.
I've heard some of the lakes are giving up some nice fish open water trolling? Is this pattern working on Ottertail?
Any information would be appreciated. If you'd rather contact me through email please do so.
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Paul Rohweller

Hey flip,
the open water thing works on ottertail also.
I dont spend alot of time fishing shallow there other than pulling crankbaits after dark over the flats. That bite could be good when you get up here. Right now were pulling leeches and crawlers on spinner rigs in 17 to 35 feet of water with good success. the shallow bite has won quite a few tournaments on the tail.. Theres alot of it out there! The past week and a half there has been several fish in the 6 to 8 lb class taken. Have a safe, fun and productive trip! Paul

Paul Rohweller
Pine to Prairie Guide Service

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Appreciated the feedback. I was presently surprised at our success last year with the shallow bite on the tail. I learned a new presentation in snap jigging that I hadn't used before. I tend to rig and pull spinners for the most part. I've noticed in many of your post the use of the shiners. they were definitely the ticket for us last year. Nightcrawlers on the deeper humps and the shiners shallow. The shallow bite was fast a furious, but primarily an early morning or late evening thing. Thanks again for the update. I was hoping to possibly try a few other lakes in the area this trip up. Any recommendations on alternative lake options. Any lakes seeming to peak right now on the walleye?
Apologize for all the questions, just love talking fishing, patterns, techniques, etc.
thanks again for the feedback and hope your days on the water have been successful!


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