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bigrjg

On our way to Ottertail this Sunday for a weeks Fishnfun.Fished the lake 5 years ago or so and caught some eyes.Would appreciate any suggestions on spots and presentation.
HOWS THE FISH'N NOW.

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ChuckN

Welcome to FishingMinnesota bigrjg!

To be honest, I haven't touched Otter Tail in awhile. I've heard the fish are biting, but the weather always seems to play a role out there.

I've done well on nightcrawlers and leeches with long snells. If you can get your hands on redtail chubs, that would be my top choice. Work the mid-lake structure, and there are endless possiblities there. With a good depth finder just cruise over various humps and watch for fish. I like the 20-35' depths this time of year. It's such a large lake with endless structure I wish I could pinpoint areas, but only my GPS knows where to take me this time of year.

I hope to hit that lake early next week.

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jerkin'm

Maybe I will follow you out there again on Monday Chuck. I haven't been out for a while either. Will check OT and a couple other lakes Sunday and Monday. Hope for no wind! Don't hesitate to try deep bigrjg. I have found them very deep this time of year also.

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bigrjg

Hey Jerkin'm,true on the deeper.We found that out at Gull.Started catch'em in 35 to 40 foot.That was different,usually in 14 to 16.Hope to shakem out there next week.Thanks for the tip.

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bigrjg

Thanks for the info floating minnow,been checking the long range forecast for up there and looks like things maybe a little wet through the week.Gotta fish through it for sure.

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bigrjg

If you can't find red tails don't hesitate to use small-medium suckers.I've had some decent action the last two weekends using long snells.Jigs also work with the suckers.I've had most of my luck in the 14'-25'range on the edge and outside the cabbage weeds but there are also fish on some of the deep humps.Any time now the really steep drops are going to be holding fish.The fishing on the lake is not bad now the only problem has been the weather changes and that crazy Otter Tail wind.Stop in at Ben's bait in Battle Lake and ask whats been working.Good luck and have fun.

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ChuckN

Hey Jerkin, did you make it out? Any reports? I'm planning on going soon!! It sure was windy Sunday and Monday!

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jerkin'm

Yes it was plenty windy. Every weekend I have been up it has been a wind storm. Did fish a couple smaller lakes with no results worth mentioning. Drove by OT on Sunday evening and there was a couple boats out but I wasn't about to fight it. Rumor had it everything was deep. RE Ken at Ken's Tackle

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ChuckN

I snuck out for a few hours last evening, and as I suspected, it was a tough bite. I lost a nice walleye at the boat, but it was going back anyways. smile.gif

Marked the majority of fish on deep structure where humps top at 30 feet, fish stacked on the edges going to deep water. I noticed a lot of bottom huggers on drop offs in the 20 foot range where I finally stuck that one.

Water temp was 66-68 degrees.

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SEwalleye

Guys-

I found the same as Chuck over the weekend. Caught 5 fish sat & 1 sun (didn't fish too hard) lindy rigging Redtails & shiners. I was working a hump that tops out at 20ft. Caught all of the fish in 25-35 feet off the top. It seems that fishing is improving every week! I can't wait for the fall bite to really turn on !! Good luck fishing guys!

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SE,
Where did you get the redtails? I've called around everywhere I know of.

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jerkin'm

Got some at Ken's Tackle on the west end of OT on Sunday. Pricey but good sized.

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WallEYES

T-BONE with an Ottertail sunset eye

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SEwalleye

Walleyes-
Nice fish! I haven't seen one like that I the end of my rod all year. Maybe next weekend. I also got my redtails at Ken's, nice bait. If you don't want to spend the extra $, it seemed that the fish had no preference last weekend, but I know people who will swear by the redtails!

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lloeg

I've discovered on my aquaview some big suckers that cruise 1-3ft off bottom humps, edges, weedbeds that look like nice walleyes on depthfinders. It's only a guess but the higher they get off the bottom the more likely they are to be suckers. there are usually 3-6 suckers traveling together

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