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Detroit Lakes, Minnesota Fishing Reports


This is the fishing report for Wednesday, May 17, 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.   


Fishing opener was very good on most of the Detroit Lakes area lakes. The weather cooperated for one of the nicest weather openers in recent years. On lakes with water surface temps around 60 degrees, many of the walleyes were caught in 4-11 ft. of water. On some of the deeper, clear, and colder lakes the fish were holding off edges in the 16-24 foot water close to the schools of shiner minnows holding of edges of flats. Newly emerging cabbage weed can be a big key for locating early season walleyes over the next few weeks. Look for the bite to continue to improve. Some anglers had success with rigs or bobbers and leeches or rigs and crawlers. Most success was on jigs and shiner minnows. Northern pike are extremely active in shallow water now as are bass and rock bass. Crappies are set up on spawning beds and the shallow bite for them will continue for the next couple of weeks.


Brad Laabs Guide Service




The walleye opener has come and gone and it was a pretty good one! We couldn't have had much better weather and the walleyes were pretty cooperative. Jigs and minnows worked well and most fish were coming from 4-12' of water. For the shallower fish fan casting 1/16 oz jigs into those shallow areas was the ticket. As we fished deeper then we long lined jigs along the emerging weed lines. Northern Pike were right along with the walleyes so between the two it was quite steady action for most anglers. The panfish bite is really going strong up in the shallows in 2-4' fishing small jigs and minnows, wax worms, or plastics. LM bass (catch and release only) are going strong up in the shallows and spinner baits are working well! Enjoy your time 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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