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Detroit Lakes, Minnesota Fishing Reports


This is the fishing report for Wednesday, May 23 2018, sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling 218.847.5743.   


Water temps in the Detroit Lakes area have climbed into the 60’s and things are set up well for bass fisherman for the opener this Saturday. Those fish will be shallow and relating to spawning areas. Walleyes continue to be relating to the first breaks and most fish are holding to the 8-14 ft. water close to developing weed growth. Shiners minnows are a food preference right now, but all baits and presentations are taking fish. The northern action has heated up with the warmer weather and they have the feedbag on right now. Remember the new region regulations are in play, as are the specific lake regulations. The clearer deeper lakes still have crappie and sunfish up in shallow weeds, the darker shallower lakes have those fish moving out to outside weed edges.

Brad Laabs Guide Service



Water temperatures continue to rise on area lakes and are now into the low 60’s. The walleye bite has improved since the opener. Look to Lake Sallie, Melissa, Detroit and Pelican for a pretty decent bite on jigs and minnows. Work the emerging weedlines in 8-12’. Many fish have started to move to the mid lake humps and bars so don’t forget about checking those areas. The pike are on the bite on just about anything. You’ll find the bass shallow and are hitting swim baits and jigs and plastics. Bluegills and crappies are going in the shallows. 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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