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Detroit Lakes, Minnesota Fishing Report

Weekly report of where fish are biting and bait to use

This is the fishing report for Wednesday, Jan. 16 2019, sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling 218.847.5743.   


Ice conditions in the Detroit Lakes area are in good shape. Access and trails are back on most lakes, especially to community fishing locations. A couple thaw days, high powered sun days have knocked the snow down and now the return of cold has firmed up the snow pack. We are at the time of the season when the walleye bite will slow and shorter windows of active bite time typically occur now in our area, and slowed even more with a cold snap. Pan fish anglers continue having success with some reports of very good crappie action after dark for fish out over deep water in the 22-30 foot basin areas. Northern pike will cooperate during the daytime hours on the edges of weed beds. Lots of ice derbies start now and continue through the middle of February in the area.  

Brad Laabs Guide Service



There is still slush to deal with on area lakes especially if you are off the plowed ice roads so please keep that in mind. Big Floyd, Little Detroit, Leif, and Height of Land lakes are producing a mixed bag of bluegills and crappies in 8-15’. Look to Pelican, Big Detroit, Big Cormorant, and Melissa for walleyes early and later in the day in 18-35’ on jigging spoons and minnow heads. Have a great day on the ice 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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