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Detroit Lakes, Minnesota Fishing Reports


This is the fishing report for Wednesday, June 21, 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.   





A major cold front, rain, and high winds made up the majority of this last week’s weather in the Detroit Lakes area. The bite was slowed some at times with the weather and will pick up again as things stabilize. Water temps hover around 70 degrees. Walleyes are still holding to some cabbage weeds and have dropped off edges. Some fish have transitioned to mid-lake structure. Most fish are getting located in 14-22ft. Jigs and minnows, rigs and minnows/leeches/crawlers have been producing. Smallmouth have been on hard bottom areas in the 17-22ft depth range. Largemouth are shallow and dock fishing is in play. Northern pike are cruising the outside edges of weed beds. Trolling big minnows or casting baits, or trolling spoons/crankbait are producing multiple size/year class fish. Crappies are holding to the 13-17 ft edges of flats close to cabbage patches. Jigs & plastics worked aggressively or trolling beetle spins along edges are taking fish. Sunfish are holding 5-12ft weed pockets. Jigs, jigs or hooks under bobbers tipped with pieces of crawler, crappie minnows, small leeches, or high action plastic tails works for the gills.


Brad Laabs Guide Service



Walleye fishing continues quite good on Detroit Lakes area lakes. This past week many of our fish have been coming from the edge of and right in the cabbage. When fishing the cabbage we've been mainly using jigs and plastics as livebait tends to get pulled off in the cabbage. Mid lake humps and sharp shoreline breaks have also been producing fish in jigs and minnows. The bass fishing continues excellent on area lakes! Shakey Head jigs and plastic worms are working really well fishing the deep weed edges. The early morning tip water bite has also been very good. You'll find crappies in and along the cabbage in 8-12' using small jigs and plastics or minnows. The bigger bluegills and sunfish are also in and around the deeper cabbage. Northern Pike fishing remains very good using jigs and minnows/plastics or livebait rigs and minnows along the deeper weed edges. 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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