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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 Tuesday, May 14, 2019, sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling 218.847.5743.   

 Well, at least we in the Detroit Lakes area didn’t get the rain for opener that was forecast. The temps were ok, but the wind had a significant impact on anglers for boat control and comfort. Walleyes came from shallow water mostly ranging from 4-12 ft. Jigs and minnows was the best presentation. Warming water this week will improve the bite and the shiners will be readily available. Jig and minnow and shallow water will still be the best strategy for the next week. Crappies are moving onto spawning beds and are shallow. The crappie and sunfish bite in the area continues to be good. Most fish are shallow and it is not uncommon to catch a mixed bag of northern, bass and walleye shallow now. Water temps are around 50 degrees and rising a little every day now. As water temps get closer to 60 degrees, the crawlers and leeches will become even more of a factor for catching walleyes. Shoreline breaks remain the best option. Move slightly deeper in clear water and calm conditions.


Brad Laabs Guide Service


The fishing opener in The DL area was pretty good although the strong winds on Saturday made fishing a bit more difficult. Water temps were in the upper 40’s. Fish were being caught from 8-18’ on jigs and minnows. Big Detroit, Sallie, Toad, and Pelican all were kicking out some fish. The bite will only get better as the water warms. The crappies are still not super shallow because of the cold water but with warmer weather in the forecast that can change quickly! Look to Little Detroit, Floyd, and Pearl for some crappies. Have a great day on the water and please remember to practice selective harvesting, by doing so will continue to have great fishing for years to come! 

Dick Beardsley Fishing Guide Service

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