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JamesD
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7/27/13 3:28 PM CST
Was on Otter Tail July 13-20. Caught walleyes the first two days then the heat and wind rolled in and had to work harder to find biters the rest of the week. Plugs and then crawlers ruled but some were caught on leeches. The pic was of a floater sturgeon the girls found.

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11/30/12 8:08 PM CST
No ice yet as of this date.

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11/30/12 11:18 AM CST
Coming up that way next week to visit. Was curious how thick is the ice up that way. Thanks for any info.

MIKE FRISCH
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9/3/12 8:20 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 81° - 88° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
A very good Labor Day weekend on the water in western Minnesota! The hi-lite of the weekend was the walleye bite on Ottertail Lake. Lots of walleyes came aboard today, a bunch of little fish, but with a good amount of “eaters” and bigger fish mixed in as well. Our presentation consisted of 2-ounce Slick-Stick bottom bouncers and spinners tipped with nightcrawlers. We targeted main lake humps in water depths from 22-30 feet Earlier in the weekend, partners and I spent time bassin’ on several different lakes in the Alexandria and Fergus Falls areas with very good results. A variety of presentations caught fish including LIVETARGET crawfish crankbaits, jig-worms tipped with Impulse Ribbon Worms, and Jungle Jigs. We also had one trip where we experienced very good action throwing LIVETARGET frogs across shallow slop. Fall is a great time for fishing and it appears like the good fall bite has already started! Fishin' With Frisch Pro Guide Service (21Cool 731-8141 www.fishinwithfrisch.com mf4389533@gmail.com


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MIKE FRISCH
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8/5/12 10:38 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 66° - 70° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
After a very good start, a severe cold front Friday night made western Minnesota fishing a bit more difficult over the weekend. A Thursday evening fishing trip and another early Friday morning resulted in two very good bass bites. Largemouth were targeted fishing Impulse Dip-Stick Worms on jigheads for deeper fish and on weightless wacky hooks for shallower fish. Smallmouth bass were also caught on tubes and drop-shot rigs. Today (Sunday), I hit the water searching for walleyes. We did get a few fish, though the bite was much slower than last weekend. Spinners and nightcrawlers accounted for our fish. Interestingly, water temperatures today were down in the mid-70 degree range after low-80 degree temperatures just a few days earlier. Tonight, it was back after bass. Did manage a few largemouth and some smallmouth again. The best bass action was for the smallies as they hit drop-shot rigs tipped with Impulse Riggin’ Leeches fished on rock humps in 13-16 feet of water. Fishin' With Frisch Pro Guide Service (21Cool 731-8141 www.fishinwithfrisch.com mf4389533@gmail.com


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MIKE FRISCH
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7/29/12 6:05 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 81° - 88° F Water Temp: 76° - 80º F
It has been another good weekn on the water in western Minnesota! The hi-lite of the weekend was a Sunday morning guide trip on a small local lake chasing walleyes. Though these are supposedly the “dog days of summer” when the walleye bite is tough, someone forgot to tell the fish! We found active fish on the tips of a point where the water drops from 6- 10-feet deep in this shallow lake. Our presentation was a Slick-Stick bottom bouncer and spinner tipped with a nightcrawler. Moving 1.5 mph we were able to catch several fish in the 16-22 inch size range. Also mixed in with the walleyes were several perch in the 9- to 11-inch size range. Earlier in the weekend, I fished the Le Homme Dieu Chain and Lake Ida in the Alexandria area for bass. The bite here was very good as well. Fishing the deep weedline, partners and I had good success both jig-worm fishing and casting crankbaits.

Our jig-worm set-up consisted of a camo-colored Impulse Dip-Stick Worm fished on a Jungle Jig-Loc head and cast up and into the weeds. Jig-Locs are designed to fish in and through weeds making them ideal for this time of year when weedgrowth is peaking. Our crankbait of choice was the LiveTarget Crawfish. This bait dives 8-10 feet, looks just like a crawfish, and has an action the bass love! I have been throwing these baits on the new Carbon X rods crankbait model in conjunction with a Lew’s Tournament MG baitcasting reel and have been very, very impressed with how far I can cast a bait. Plus, this lightweight combination doesn’t wear me out even after several hours of “chucking and winding!” Until next week, good luck on the water! Fishin' With Frisch Pro Guide Service (21Cool 731-8141 www.fishinwithfrisch.com mf4389533@gmail.com


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MIKE FRISCH
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FISHING REPORT
7/23/12 2:21 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 86° - 90° F Water Temp: Above 80° F
Fishing here in western Minnesota remains good! Partners and I continue to boat walleyes on spinners and bottom bouncers on several smaller area lakes. However, the real hi-lite of recent fishing trips has been the bass action! I have been catching numbers of fish jig-worming the deep weedline in 10-16 feet, though the biggest fish have been caught pitching Jungle Jigs to heavy weed clumps on flats in 6-12 feet of water. Humminbird’s Side Imaging is a “game changer” when it comes to this fishing as it makes finding heavy weeds on flats very easy, as I simply cruise a flat “looking” to each side of the boat for weeds. Another recommendation I have for anglers in the market for a new reel is to check out Lew’s products. I have been using their casting reels for over a year now and have been very, very impressed. The reels are light, durable, and great for casting baits a long distance. Recently, I have been using some of the new Lew’s spinning reels and my initial impressions are very favorable here as well.

Until next week, good luck on the water!

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MIKE FRISCH
MIKE FRISCH
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FISHING REPORT
7/16/12 11:27 AM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 86° - 90° F Water Temp: Above 80° F
I have not been on Ottertail itself in several days. Reliable reports, however, indicate a good shallow bite for big walleyes trolling crankbaits and snap-jigging. Better numbers of smaller fish being caught on mainlake structure in 25-40 FOW pulling bouncers and spinners.

Had several recent guide trips where we pulled spinners/crawlers in 6-10 FOW on smaller lakes with limited clarity and experienced very good walleye catches. These fish came on the edges of flats and points.

The bass bite on lots of area lakes is good as well. Jigworms using the new Impulse Dip-Stick Worms in camo and green pumpkin color patterns have produced very good numbers. Several bigger fish, and some bonus walleyes and northern pike, have been caught casting LiveTarget crankbaits in the crawfish color pattern.

Finally, a partner and I fished a bass tournament on Lake Reno Saturday and had a good catch and 3rd place finish, with most of our fish coming on Jungle Jigs pitched to pencil reeds.

In spite of the intense heat, the bite is on here in western Minnesota!

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MIKE FRISCH
MIKE FRISCH
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7/8/12 8:59 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 86° - 90° F Water Temp: Above 80° F
The week of the fourth of July offered some excellent fishing action. The morning of the holiday, a couple partners and I fished a small lake in the Fergus Falls area and experienced the best bass bite I have been in on so far this year. We caught 56 fish in just under 3 hours, most on Impulse Dip-Stick Worms fished on Jungle Jig-Locs pitched to heavy weeds in water depths from 7-15 feet. That evening a couple partners and I fished walleyes on another small lake and had a very good bite there as well. These fish were located on the edge of a shallow flat in 6- to 8-feet of water and were susceptible to Baitfish Spinners tipped with night crawlers and pulled behind Slick-Stick bottom bouncers. The weekend brought a bit slower bite as a major cold front hit the area Friday and seemed to slow both the bass and walleyes up a bit over the weekend, though we still caught good numbers of fish. Water temperatures are now peaking the mid-80 degree range on many lakes. This is an awesome time to be on the water as lots of species are on the bite and various patterns can be used to catch them!


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MIKE FRISCH
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6/24/12 11:02 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 76° - 80º F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
I spent the weekend guiding for walleyes on two small lakes in the Alexandria area. Saturday we experienced a very good bite by pulling bottom bouncers with Roach Rig snells tipped with night crawlers in the 6-10 foot depth range. We caught a bunch of 14-16 inch “eaters”. Sunday was spent on another lake and again the walleyes were on the bite. These fish were bigger, mostly 17-20-inch fish, but not quite as numerous. They had a real preference for crawlers fished on Baitfish Spinner Rigs and Slick-Stick Bottom Bouncers. These new bouncers, like the name says, are pretty slick as they are very sensitive and come with a quick-change weight snap. Another new product I really like is Frabill’s Crawler Can. This dual compartment container allows me to put my crawlers on one side with ice on the other, another pretty slick deal!

Water temperatures are now in the mid-70 degree range and the walleye bite is good on several Alexandria area lakes. Miltona, Reno, and Ida are all producing fish and, as my clients and I experienced over the weekend, other smaller lakes are good now too. Additionally, a good summer bite is now starting to kick in on Ottertail as the mayfly hatch has cleared.

In addition to walleyes, largemouth bass are a good bet now too as the deep weed line “jigworm” bite is starting to kick in. This is a great time to get out and enjoy our good fishing here in western Minnesota.


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MIKE FRISCH
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FISHING REPORT
6/18/12 12:04 AM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 71° - 75° F Water Temp: 66° - 70° F
Partners and I fished several lakes the past weekend with good success. The weekend started with a guide trip targeting walleyes on Lake Darling on the Alexandria Chain. Found a school of very active fish on the edge of the deep weedline in 16-20 feet and took several fish on Roach Rigs tipped with redtail chubs and nightcrawlers.

The next destination was a small lake near Fergus Falls fishing for walleyes and bass. The walleyes were uncooperative, but largemouth bass and a bonus smallmouth were eager biters. The fish came on jig/worm combinations utilizing the new Impulse Ribbon and Dip-Stick Worms. These baits have proven to be very good bass baits! LiveTarget crankbaits in the crawfish color pattern also produced several bass.

Sunday was spent on another lake ‘rig fishing with live bait for walleyes and bonus smallmouth bass. Though a strong front moved through with big wind and eventually rain, the fish were cooperative as we targeted water depths from 13-16 feet. As a side note, I continue to be impressed with how well Frabill’s various bait containers do keeping my live baits fresh and lively!

Water temperatures this weekend were from 67-71 degrees. Generally, it seems the walleye bite on some lakes has tapered a bit, but the bass are on a very strong bite. May fly hatches are prevalent now on several lakes and that, along with unstable weather, seems to have made walleyes a bit tougher to catch. Once the “bug hatch” clears, I look for good summer walleye fishing to emerge on several lakes.


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MIKE FRISCH
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6/10/12 11:44 PM CST
Air Temp: 81° - 88° F Water Temp: 66° - 70° F
The fish are biting! I have fished lakes in the Alexandria and Fergus Falls areas with good results. Water temperatures are in the mid-60 to low-70 degree range and most species are in a good post-spawn/early summer bite right now. Bass, both largemouth and smallmouth, are really biting in depths from 3-15 feet of water. Drop-shots and the new Northland Impulse Jig Crawlers are producing smallies, while lots of baits are good for largemouth, including jig/pig combos, jig-worms, and crankbaits. Look for hard bottom areas for the smallmouth, while largemouth are on the edges of the pencil reeds and in developing weeds on flats and drop-offs.

The walleye bite is good as well. Ottertail has produced some good walleye fishing, though a mayfly hatch and unstable weather has made that bite a bit less predictable than earlier this year. Roach Rigs and crawlers or leeches will catch these fish. Depths vary from 5-foot all the way out to 40-feet, so best advice is to use a depth finder and stay on the move searching for active fish. Lake Reno near Alexandria is another lake that is really producing walleyes as well on rigs tipped with leeches or crawlers, though spinners will take fish here as well.


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MIKE FRISCH
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FISHING REPORT
6/5/12 2:49 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny
The Ottertail Lake walleye bite has definitely gotten tougher in the past few days. A full moon, clear water, and an emerging mayfly hatch have made things a lot more difficult. Fish can be located on main lake structure in depths from 8- to 40-feet of water, but getting them to bite is another story! Bottom bouncers, plain snells, and crawlers are turning a few fish as are leeches or crawlers fished on long snells on traiditional slip-sinker livebait rigs. Water temps are in the mid-60 degree range. The mayfly hatch probably will mean a tough bite for a bit, but look for things to really take off again following the hatch.

[This post was last edited on 6/5/12 at 2:50 PM]

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MIKE FRISCH
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5/28/12 11:59 PM CST
The Memorial Day weekend marked the opening of the 2012 Minnesota bass fishing season. Partners and I hit three different lakes in the Fergus Falls/Ottertail area with good success. We found mostly post-spawn fish relating to emerging weed growth on shallow to mid-depth flats. Productive water depths were 5-10 feet of water. I do suspect that shallower water would have been productive, but a severe cold front probably had the fish a bit deeper than expected. We caught fish on various baits, though Live Target Crawfish Crankbaits produced the best numbers of fish. The four biggest fish of the weekend (3 to 3/12-pounders) came on Jungle Jigs/craws pitched to pencil reeds Saturday evening. These fish were all in one small reed patch and were the only concentration of shallow fish located all weekend. Incidentally, the Side Imaging on my Humminbird sonar unit was very helpful in quickly locating emerging weeds on flats and the fish holding in those weeds!


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MIKE FRISCH
MIKE FRISCH
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5/20/12 11:32 PM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 61° - 65° F Water Temp: 61° - 65° F
Spent the weekend fishing walleyes on some of the smaller lakes in the Fergus Falls area as Ottertail hosted a major walleye tournament over the weekend. Found a fair walleye bite fishing as shallow as 6-feet and as deep as 23-feet! Water temps on Saturday were 64-degrees, but cooled closer to 60-degrees as a major cold front came through Saturday. Caught shallow fish on Fire-Ball Jigs and shiners and deeper fish live bait rigging with shiners.

Incidentally, the invasive species problem here in Minnesota has put more emphasis on the legal transport of live bait to and from the lake. This is especially critical during spring when most anglers fish minnows. I have been having excellent success transporting my minnows in Frabill's aerated bait containers and keeping them lively in those containers while I fish.

It appears we may get some stable weather this week, which should really trigger a good walleye bite this week on Ottertail and several other lakes too. Plus, the bass opener is Saturday. Great time to be an angler!

Mike Frisch Fishin' With Frisch Pro Guide Service www.fishinwithfrisch.com (21Cool 731-8141 mf4389533@gmail.com Text


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