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Detroit Lakes, Minnesota Fishing Reports


This is the fishing report for Wednesday, Oct. 11, 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.   


Water temps in the Detroit Lakes area range from the mid to high 50 degrees. Some walleyes are shallow and some deep. Rigs & jigs with minnows, jigs and plastics, or jig raps are best presentations. Musky activity is improving with Pelican and Big Detroit lakes having the hottest bites. Smallmouth are relating to shallow rocks and gravel beds on Island, Cormorant, White Earth and Lida lakes. Pitching jigs and plastics to the fish can produce numbers. Crappie have been hit or miss, but are schooling up. Look for fish suspended off sharp breaks to deep water. Weed beds are diminished, but finding green weeds is key to bass action. Northern pike are shallow and active as water temps continue to cool.


Brad Laabs Guide Service



Water temps are now in the low to mid 50’s and the walleye bite has kicked into gear! Jigs and minnows are taking fish in 12-14’ of water. Fish the wind blown weedlines and you should see some action along with Northern pike. 

The bass are still active off the deep weed edges on most area lakes. Jig and plastics are working well as well as slow rolling spinnerbaits. 

Crappies can still be found in 8-12’ around green cabbage but some are now being caught suspended over the deep basins. 

Muskie fishing continues to heat up as the water temperatures drop. Large sucker minnows on live bait rigs are working in 12-22’. 

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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