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Detroit Lakes, Minnesota Fishing Reports


This is the fishing report for Wednesday, August 23, 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.   


Walleye fishing has been as inconsistent as the weather. The cold fronts slow the action. Some fish have been holding on edges in the 17-26 ft. and rigging minnows/leeches/crawlers, jig raps, or trolling working on these fish. Some walleyes are getting taken in the 5-10 foot water with rip jigging or trolling crank baits creating the success. Some anglers have had success on the basin related fish trolling leadline and cranks. Musky action is also up and down with the weather. Big Detroit, Sallie, Pelican, Many Point, and Beers have all produced 48” and over fish the last week to 10 days. Largemouth are active on weed edges in 6-13 ft. and casting jigs or spinners is producing. Some anglers still getting fish off docks as well. Cormorant and Lida have been the best producing smallmouth lakes this last week. Big crappies are coming off the edges or inside weed edges on large flats with some schools of average size crappies holding and suspending off the breaks and edges of shoreline breaks. Sunfish are in the weeds and on the deep edges.


Brad Laabs Guide Service



The walleye bite continues to slowly improve as the water temps begin to go down. Water temps are in the upper 60's-low 70's on most area lakes. Wind swept points and weedlines are producing fish on jig and minnows in 8-12' and mid lake structure and sharp breaks in 17-27' on jigs and livebait rigs. Northern pike are active on the deep weedlines on jig and minnows and livebait rigs. The bass fishing remains very good although it has slowed a bit with a couple of cold fronts that came through the area this past week. Texas rigged plastics or jig and plastics worked along the inside and outside edge of the weedlines has been working well. Crappies and bluegills are going good in and around the green cabbage in 6-12' on small jigs and plastics/minnows. The muskie bite is picking up with topwater baits and bucktail spinners turning some fish on top of the cabbage beds. Have a great day on the water and 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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