This is the fishing report for Thursday, July 18, 2019, sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling 218.847.5743.
Walleyes in the Detroit Lakes area are ranging from 13-28 ft. depending on the lake. The stained lakes have fish shallow on shallower weed edges, the clear lakes have deeper weed lines and fish are also relating to deeper edges. Long bars, extending points, and sunken islands are holding fish. Fish wind swept structure as they tend to be holding more fish. Rigging, jigging, pulling spinners/slow death or cranks, and jigging raps have all been taking fish. Crappies have been roaming flats in the 9-13 ft. water and many have been holding or relating to cabbage weeds. Sunfish are active in weed patches, but some bigger gills have been getting caught in deeper water out to 24 ft. off sharp beaks. Bass are on shallow targets and also relating to weeds out on the edges of large flats or extending shoreline points. Northern action shallow, but some of the bigger fish have been in deeper water off edges and on the first breaks to deep water and basin areas. Masky catches have improved over the last week to ten days with the warm water. Fish are active and chasing aggressively fished high action baits.