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Ottertail County smallmouth action?

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I visited with a DNR officer 2 1/2 years ago while ice fishing West Battle who indicated to me that there was an effort to re-establish smallmouths in some of the area lakes that once held self-sustaining populations. He mentioned Clitherall, Ten Mile, Pickerel, West Battle & Ottertail. I'm aware of and have fished the resident population on Lida, but am interested in other opportunities in the area, also. Do you suppose there are any sections of the Ottertail river that have fishable populations?

Any smallmouth junkies out there?

Freckled Lady Bucket
(I'm catch-and-release only!)

[This message has been edited by Freckled Lady Bucket (edited 07-31-2001).]

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Paul Rohweller

Pickerel lake near Amor has a fishable population of smallies, I was talking to the resort owner at his auction last fall and there are new cribs out there to help with the shortage of habitat. My biggest smallie came from the deep (47ft) fishing at night but you will pick up a few trolling crankbaits at night along the south shore, nice lake, have fun!!! Paul

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Paul Rohweller
Pine to Prairie Guide Service
218-962-3387
http://fishingminnesota.com/pinetoprairie

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Any word on the other lakes mentioned? Would it be worth my time to contact the DNR?
Thanks Paul.

Freckled Lady Bucket

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Paul Rohweller

I would start my search on the minnesota dnr lake surveys on their webpage, lots of good info there like numbers and sizes of fish, stocking efforts etc. One thing to keep in mind when reading their netting studies is that hoop nets are usually set shallow and gill nets are set deeper. That could give you a big hint on where the fish are on the date that the testing took place. I dont get down to clitheral or ten mile, little to far south. Paul

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Pine to Prairie Guide Service
218-962-3387
http://fishingminnesota.com/pinetoprairie

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Thanks again Paul. I appreciate your comments.

Freckled Lady Bucket

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