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Need Otter Tail advice for a beginner.


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Our annual trip is next week, we'll be at Clitherall Lake by 11:00 a.m. Saturday. In the past I've avoided Otter Tail Lake because of it's overwhelming size, I never knew where to start. This year I think I would like to give it a shot, I bought a handheld GPS so if I could just get on a decent spot I could come back to it later. Anyone be willing to give me some advice on a good spot to start (or GPS coordinates grin.gif)? I have a small boat (14') so I don't want to be miles from shore in case the weather would get ugly, and I wouldn't go out period unless it was quite calm. Any advice for baits, best times of the day, etc. will be appreciated.

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My advice, if you are staying on Clitherall, and fishing for walleyes, stay on Clitherall. OT is S L O W.

I fished Clitherall this week and did not target walleyes but I talked to people that had success. They didn't reveal location, but it's better than Otter Tail reports.

Clitherall's water did not appear to be as clear as I remember. It was slightly green, probably from all the recent rainfall. That will help the bite.

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Chuck's advice is good, but I have struggled more on Clitherall than Ottertail in general. Early morning and late evening are the best times. If you must go to OT start out shallow and fast, troll quickly over some deep weedlines, about 15 feet, with whatever you like for bait-minnows, leeches, crawlers, cranks. Don't spend too much time shallow if you don't connect quickly. Work out to the deeper stuff 30-40 feet and slow down..if they are super finicky, leeches and long snells can be the ticket. There is plenty of good fishing close to all the access points on OT. Just get out there and drive around a little til' you find some kind of point,inside turn, saddle, the typical things you look for. Try to mark fish before you even wet a line-especially deep. Good luck.....

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I was on OT last saturday and had the camera down to investigate some bait schools with some nice fish around them, after I had fished through them with minnow, then leech, then crawler without a bite. There appears to be LOTS of tiny Perch in the lake right now, so that could be contributing to the slow fishing. Every 10 minutes 5000 more perch swim in front of their noses!

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