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Does anyone know if the bite is improving on Ottertail?

Any information would be appreciated.


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Hey HC

I can only speak for myself and a of couple neighbors but things seem to have improved greatly.The only negative is the average size is not great as it appears a recent year class was very strong.Crankbaits at night produced the better average but still not great.

Saturday night I caught 13 or 14 fish between 8:45 -9:45 with 5 in the 15"-17" range.I kept 2 at 16" and one 15" good for two meals for my wife and I.I was trolling and casting a firetiger shallow running Shad Rap using Fireline in 9'-10'.While I was out I had two friends stop by and they also had caught fish.That's 2 good Sat. nights in a row.

Sunday morning I caught a few small fish at a spot which I usually I consider a early fall location.I also talked to our neighbor tonight and he said he caught fish on the same type of structure.We were both fishing steep drops.

Unfortunatly this will be the first weekend in 6 weeks I won't be up.If you have any other questions I can try to help.Good luck.

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The wife and I were out also last Saturday. Started about 5 and lots of perch until 6:15, caught an 18" and 17" in about 2 minutes about 50 feet apart. Threw a marker and fished around it until 8:45. We kept 6 fish from 15-18", released a few and caught and released 3 12-13" smallies. Those were the first smallies I've caught on Ottertail in 15 years. Boy what a blast!!! Small shad-raps in shallow water seems to be the key.

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Thanks for the reply fellas, I was hoping we would see a decent plug bite out there. If everything goes right I am planning a little fishing adventure on Ottertail Saturday evening. I will keep you posted on the results if I am fortunate enough to go.


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