Here’s what’s going on in Ottertail Country, just before the walleye
opener: I’ve held off writing a lot about ice conditions because
things have been changing very quickly, especially after the past
couple warm days. Last week I measured 17 inches of ice on Ottertail
Lake. I waited a few days and then couldn’t get on the lake anymore–
and I wasn’t sad. Skip forward to today and the ice is very rotten
and mostly submerged. I’m not sure what’s keeping it from sinking?
It looks as though the ice could come off sometime in the next three
days–we just need a good wind. As for the smaller lakes in the
county, the ones that are 1,500 acres or less are going off right now
or have gone off yesterday or today. Walleye are spawning in current
areas around the area, and the lake spawners are going to get going
once the ice gets off. The shiners are still a few days from their
spawn which usually peaks just as the walleye spawn ends. Altogether,
it’s been a promising last 24 hours. It seems as though summer is
arriving and the lakes and fish are following suit. Good luck in your
fishing endeavors this weekend. Remember, please don’t harass the
spawning fish, and if you should catch a large female, please return
it to the lake or river. Ross Hagemeister/ Meister Guide Service
Here’s what’s going on in Ottertail Country, just before the walleye
Sportsmen Club Tournament a Great Success!
Walleyes continue to bite well on Otter Tail in 10 to 20 feet of water. Crawlers and leeches with spinners are the best presentation of the time.
Crank bait is good when the sun starts to set in 8 to 10 feet of water. Panfish have slowed down a little as spawning has just finished up. Water temps are around 70 degrees.
Sportsmen Club tournament winners were the team of Currie/Merikel with a winning weight of 17 pounds for six fish. A lot of fish caught with great weights. With the weather changes – it was a tougher bite. Currie and Merikel – great job!
Next tournament is Scott’s June 15 and 16th. They still have some openings – call 218-639-8933 to enter.
Give Ken’s Tackle a call if they can help – 218-495-2895. Happy Fishing!
Fish are being caught in 10 to 30 feet on crawlers and leeches with blue, chart and red/white spinners.
Grandpa Island (big flat), “A” Frame and Woodlawn Resort areas on Otter Tail Lake are producing the most fish.
Jigs and minnows are also working in the cabbage on Amor flats,
Many Point Flats and Balmoral Flats in 5 to 8 feet of water.
Panfish and bass are very active in all area lakes.
Muskie opener was fair on West Battle Lake with a lot of fish seen on the surface. Bulldawgs and Cowgirls seemed to be lures of choice.
Want to have some fun? Then enter a local tournament!
We have a few coming up in June:
* Sportsmen – July 10th
* Scott’s Bait – June 15 & 16th
* Lion’s on West Battle Lake – June 23rd and 24th.
We continue to find jumbo perch and walleyes in 10 to 20 foot depths along the weed edges.
Fatheads, shiners, and sucker minnows are working best on jigs and setlines.
Spear fishermen are getting some large northerns. Please remember 1 northern over 30 inches is the possession limit.
Crappies are starting to take off on West Battle Lake and East Lost in 15 to 25 feet of water.
Ice is generally 18 to 20 inches and all accesses are open. It’s fishing time!
After a short slowdown on Minnesota’s Otter Tail Lake, Walleye fishing has really improved this week!! During the day crawlers and spinners are working best on weed lines up to 20 feet deep.
Number 5 Rapalas are the best crankbait with good results in 7-10 feet of water in the early morning and late evening. In-between fishing, you can play a round of golf at our championship golf course or take the family to the water park. A visit to Thumper Pond Resort in Ottertail will make it a well rounded vacation for everyone to enjoy!!
The Sunfish have been very active on area lakes when fishing in the weeds.
Crappies have been a bit sluggish, but the Bass are active on all lakes in our region.
Looking for a Minnesota Muskie in Lakes Country? West Battle Lake has been producing some nice fish in 10-20 feet of water. For up to the minute reports – stop at Ken’s Tackle in Battle Lake and ask for Gary!!
Mother Nature is holding the cards for your chances at some great Ottertail Minnesota fishing. Some days are great and the others are too windy to get out on the lake. For those who are not “fair weather” fishermen or head out when the weather is nice, you will not be disappointed. You’ll find walleye in depths of 10 to 25 feet on the weed lines and humps of Otter Tail Lake. Crawlers, leeches and minnow are all producing fish.
Crappies and sunfish have been great on area lakes in 5 to 10 feet of water.
Bass have been biting better than past years. You’ll find them in the shallow water using buzz baits and Sally Jigs.
To get the up to the moment news on fishing – give Gary a call at Ken’s Tackle in Battle Lake.
Spend some time on the water with the family this weekend. June 10 – 12, 2011 is Take-A-Kid-Fishing weekend. Minnesota residents 16 and older fish for free when they accompany an angler 15 and under.
Get on the water this weekend and make some memories that will last a lifetime. Top it all off with a visit or overnight stay to Thumper Pond Resort and Willy T’s Tavern & Grill and see why so many fisherman are hooked on us!!
For more information on the Minnesota DNR’s Take-A-Kid-Fishing visit http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/takeakidfishing/index.html
Fishing is still going well in the Ottertail Minnesota area. Shiners, crawlers or leeches are all producing some great fish in 18 to 25 feet of water. Fish are being found around the humps in the middle of Otter Tail Lake or along the shoreline breaks.
If you are into bass fishing – make your trip to Northern Minnesota now!! Bass fishermen are doing great as well.
After spending the day on the lake we suggest relaxing at Willy T’s Tavern & Grill and cooling off with one of our 8 ice cold brews. Dine with us and you will see why so many are ‘hooked’ on our hand-crafted sandwiches. Happy Fishing!!
Stop by Ken’s Tackle in Battle Lake and see Gary up to the minute reports.
The end of May proved to be great walleye fishing in Ottertail Minnesota. With the shifts in the weather we hope this continues but suggest you plan your outing as soon as possible to take advantage of this early season fishing. Memorial Day weekend proved to be some of the best fishing of the Minnesota Fishing Season yet!!
Walleye will be found in the 14 to 20 foot range with shiners producing the best results.
The Minnesota Bass opener was one of the best!! Many fishermen had the most success in using Sally Jigs. The Otter Tail Lake area is producing some incredible bass action.
This Ottertail Minnesota Fishing Report is brought to you with the help of Gary Pederson at Ken’s Tackle. Be sure to stop in and visit Gary during your next visit!!
Fishing in the Otter Tail Lake area continues to be great!! Walleyes are being caught in 8 to 16 feet of water. A shiner paired with a jig or Lindy Rig are the best combinations right now.
Crappies and sunfish are being found on the smaller lakes in 6 to 14 feet of water.
The Minnesota bass opener is this coming weekend. With the current conditions you can expect them to be active along the weed edges in shallow water. While most people think of the Ottertail Minnesota area as only walleye country, many are finding that great bass fishing is a well kept secret here.
Thumper Pond Resort sponsored the KRCQ Fishing tournament on Ottertail Lake this past weekend. The winning team brought in 12 fish with a total weight of 34 pounds!! These were beautiful Minnesota walleyes and there were plenty of them to be found. Each team brought in a nice catch and had a great time. Over $5,000 in cash and prizes were awarded.
With Memorial Day right around the corner – it’s time to plan your visit to our Minnesota Golf Resort and enjoy some of the best walleye fishing in the state!!