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Detroit Lakes, Minnesota Fishing Reports


This is the fishing report for Wednesday, March 22, 2017, sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling 218.847.5743 or 1.800.433.1888.   


As of today, ice conditions in the Detroit Lakes area remain good. Walking out is recommended. We are probably in our last safe week as we are due to hit a stretch of 10 straight days of temps in the 40’s and low 50’s starting Thursday. It will be sloppy and wet on the ice in the afternoon and evenings, but firm in the mornings with the cooler nights. Slippery conditions until we are done. Pan fish have been active for those that are getting out on the outside weed edges. By this time next week, I recommend staying off any ice. Get your boat ready for early ice out and spring open water fishing.


Brad Laabs Guide Service




For the most part we still have good ice here in the Detroit Lakes area but after this weekend (March 25-26) anglers should start turning their attention to getting their boat and gear ready for the open water season. Temperatures are going to be warming significantly and ice will start to deteriorate quite quickly. Personally I would not recommend any vehicle traffic, ATV's are still fine but as always check the ice before you venture out and know the area you’re traveling on. The crappies for the most part are still in the deeper basins on area lakes but we are catching more and more in shallower water so don't be afraid to move around a bit till making contact. The bluegills are along the weed edges and actually right in them. If you can find an open spot among the weeds, you should have excellent results. Tullibies are suspended over deep water on Lake Melissa and Sallie. Enjoy these last few days of ice fishing, but as always, use common sense when heading out on the ice and make sure you have some type of cleats on your boots. There is no snow on the ice and it's extremely slippery! 

Please remember to practice selective harvesting, by doing so we will continue to have great fishing for years to come!

Dick Beardsley Fishing Guide Service















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