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Deer Lake is the first lake downstream from Ottertail Lake.

Nice clear lake, with good all around fishing. The June 1 to 10 time period is a nice time to be there. It has some nice panfish fishing. They may still be in the spawning bed vicinity at that time. Search around weedbed edges and bullrushes. There is some good pike fishing and fair walleye fishing as well.Bass fishing is also pretty good. It is a small lake, so you should be able to scope it out quickly. The MNDNR website has maps in PDF format that you can print out for free. You can also read the stocking reports and test netting results there.

You can motor downstream into East Lost lake, which has some good panfishing, especially in the west end. There is also some good panfishing in the river downstream from East Lost. you can go a couple miles down stream with a fishing boat. I've seen pontoons do this as well. Be careful here for rocks and shallows.

I cannot vouch for Fisherman's Village, but it looks like a nice place. I have never heard anything bad about it.

As far as a fishing report goes, it is too early for that. I imagine crappies can be found in the mud bottomed shallows right now.

Good Luck!

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I would appreciate any information concerning Deer Lake. My inlaws vacationed the lake many times years ago and loved it. I would just be looking for a few questions answered like:

1) How is the fishing from June 1-10?
2) Any history on the Fisherman's Village Resort?
3) Any fishing report
4) Some good locations

Thanks for the replys and info

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B. Amish

Never heard of deer lake, what's the closest town?

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i have stayed on deer lake every year since 1988. I have always stayed at 3 lakes resort, great place! i heard good things about fisherman's village as well. I've always have had good luck fishing at Deer Lake...a wide range from pike, walleye, bass, panfish, there's a little bit of everything in Deer. I haven't caught any big fish lately, but you shouldn't have a hard time catching a variety of fish. East Lost Lake has been good as well in the past. I don't fish Deer as often as I do Phelps Mill and the Ottertail Spillway however. Those places have always produced quality fish for me year after year. Best of Luck to you!

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