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julieanns

My boyfriend and I are new to ice fishing and will be at it later this week. Does anyone know where the eyes are biting or can you tell a pair of newcomers where the hot spots are on West Battle? He'd really like to catch something more than a panfish!

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jerkin'm

Don't believe the crazy walleye bite of West Battle. It is NEVER that great. Go to Ottertail it is much easier to catch a few walleyes there. Just go to the outside of the deep weedline. (about 15 feet or so) and set up for the sundown bite. A few walleyes will be had. Set up some tip-ups with some big shiners over the top of the weeds to, there are some impressive pike in OT too.

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julieanns

Thank you so much for the info... we don't have our own equipment and will be renting an ice house as part of a package deal on West Battle, so it's not easy to pack up and move when the stuff doesn't belong to us. I really wish we could after reading your post though. Maybe it's true there are mostly crappies and sunnies there? Or can you tell me if there are resorts on Ottertail that would set us up with gear, ice house, equipment and a cabin rental for a couple of nights? Or am I dreaming!

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jerkin'm

I have a cabin on West Battle and all the gear (auger, house, heater, electronics) when were you thinking of going? Were you going to rent a house from the BL motel? I could possibly hook you up something.

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julieanns

We're supposed to be at the Sandy Bay Resort on West Battle -- but in here it sounds like the best chance for walleye is Ottertail. Please reply in e-mail:

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julieanns

Is it possible or practical to fish on Ottertail without an ice house, does anybody do this?

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Gissert

Sure, we do it when it is nice out. I much prefer to be outside when it is in the 30's without much wind.

Once a wind kicks up, the shelters come out and we go inside.

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julieanns

We're both so new to this, all the questions must sound funny -- but everyone is being so nice about it. Is it supposed to be decent as far as weather there this week, do you know?

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Gissert

People here are glad to help!

Dunno on the weather. Go to any of the weather websites and enter Battle Lake's zip code, 56515 and it will give you the forecast.

BTW, Ottertail will provide you more action, as the perch bite pretty willingly most of the day. The walleyes there tend to run on the small side.

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ChuckN

Welcome julieanns!
I know West Battle fairly well. This season's walleye activity for me is typically one day the walleye bite is decent, the next it's dead.

Otter Tail Lake most definitely has more activity.

I've been watching the weather and a cold front is passing through today and temps are going to fall. I would definitely settle for a permanent house this week. I've heard different weather forecasts, but it's most definitely going to be below zero at night and cold during the day.

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julieanns

Thanks so much guys!! At this point we're just looking to rent an ice house and equipment for a couple of days this week on Ottertail. Know of anyone who might be willing to rent their setup to a pair of ice fishing newbies?????

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