Otter Tail Lakes Country

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12/28/15 @ 3:07 PM
fishcentral
fishcentral
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Any luck on the lakes? Ice report?

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10/19/15 @ 8:18 PM
Loomy707
Loomy707
USER since 10/19/15
Update on west battle just wanted to let you guys know if you plan on fishing battle make sure your careful. The landing are very low, I was not able to get my boat in the water. Unfortunately I wasted 40 bucks in suckers not being able to get on the water. I would recommend roller trailers or a smaller bunks. I couldn't even get my boat to float with the whole truck in the water.

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10/4/15 @ 6:42 PM
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Brian Hammarsten
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Last Quarter
Bass and Pike bite was hot in the area last week. 3 of us boated 51 on Friday afternoon in just under 4 hours. Most of them were caught on spinnerbaits and a few on drop shot rigs.

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11/18/14 @ 11:31 PM
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Otter Tail Lakes Country
Otter Tail Lakes Country
USER since 2/21/14

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Waning Crescent
Hello to all who enjoy ice and cold and ice fishing. The weather we are infamous for has arrived (a bit early). Non the less, it’s here and it’s not going to go away till March so we might as well embrace it and enjoy it however we can. Most of us in Otter Tail Lakes Country stare at our many lakes and watch them freeze and then begin poking at the ice from shore with sticks and rocks and chisels. After a day or two of poking, most people do a little off-shoreline tip-towing. While others, however, go a little further out—and a hand full of others go even further out and start their ice fishing season. It’s my favorite time to be on a lake. There’s something about fresh/first ice. It’s like perfect cookies just out of the oven—but be careful, even a perfect cookie that smells great will burn you. Take extreme caution when venturing onto the lakes right now!!!!!!!!! A few inches of ice, can be a glorious platform for exploration and wonder, but can shift and break with a big wind and can, in fact, blow to shore and be gone in a short day. Be very careful, bring a chisel, a length of rope, wear a life jacket, bring a cell phone and when possible, bring a partner (who should follow you rather then walking abreast with you). If you don’t have an adventuresome partner to bring with you, then be sure and let someone know where you are going and what time you’ll be home.

Fishing on Otter Tail Lakes Country’s early ice can be the best fishing of the year, but be very careful (have I said that already?). For panfish, aim at deep basin’s on mid-depth lakes. If you bring a Vexlar or comparable equipment with you then you should be able to spot suspended panfish over these areas before you begin fishing (you’ll need some water to shoot through the ice). Fish walleye as though it’s early June. Fish weed lines and common walleye water like points and turns and use 1/4 oz. spoons tipped with minnow heads or whole minnows. First-ice walleye are not afraid to eat large stuff. Once the ice gets around 15-20 inches thick then you’ll want to back off and think small. Northern will be near weed lines and may also be with and near schools of panfish in deeper basins. You shouldn’t need a power auger. It’s a lot easier to carry a hand drill. I like to use a 6 inch drill—they cut quickly. I wanted to save my last bit of early-ice cautionary wisdom for last. This is the most important bit—NEVER TAKE SOMEONE ELSES WORD FOR IT. IF SOMEONE SAYS THE ICE IS SAFE—IT DOESN’T MEAN THE ICE IS SAFE. YOU NEED TO CHECK IT OUT FOR YOUR SELF! Good luck this early season. Have fun and be safe.

Ross Hagemeister, Meister Guide Service, http://meisterguideservice.com/

Otter Tail Lakes Country Tourism Association http://ottertaillakescountry.com/

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10/28/14 @ 8:54 PM
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Otter Tail Lakes Country
Otter Tail Lakes Country
USER since 2/21/14

MOON PHASE (24%)
Waxing Crescent
What a fantastic fall we’ve had. Late September was a bit cold, but by the second week of October summer had arrived again. The fall walleye fishing was flawless on several of Otter Tail Lakes Country’s top producers and the panfishing was very good on many lakes in the Lakes Country. It seems now, however, that fall is standing on our doorsteps and it’s the time of year when it’s going to stay—for the most part. Late fall fishing can be good but when the water temperatures begin to dip below 50 degrees we’ve crossed a boundary that is hard to reverse. In fact, walleye fishing in the past 10 days or so has slowed quite a lot. Basically, the fish respond much more negatively to fronts when we approach November and the cooling water then they did a month ago when the water was still in the upper 50’s and 60’s. If you’re planning a late fall fishing trip to Otter Tail Lakes Country just be on the lookout for rapidly changing fish moods—they swing with the weather.

Probably the bigger problem I face is when the fish go “off” this time of year is they stay off for longer periods of time. When the fish shut off in the summer they seem to come back on within 1 1/2 or 2 hours, but by November when the fish decide to stop feeding, it’s not uncommon for them to stay off for 6 or 8 hours. Where to fish right now? For walleye keep around the weed line, and it doesn’t matter that you’re next to deep water. Look for panfish at the basin of many of our shallower lakes in the Lakes Country. Unlike the larger fish like walleye, bass, and northern—who seem to turn off easily this time of year—panfish usually stay the course and keep giving action. Why? When you locate schools of panfish in and around lake basins right now, they are established in very large groups. They simply keep feeding because there are so many fish. Find northern situated around weeds and weed lines. Don’t be afraid to use large minnows and baits for walleye and northern right now. Good luck fishing in Otter Tail Lakes Country this week.

Ross Hagemeister, Meister Guide Service, meisterguideservice.com

Otter Tail Lakes Country Tourism Association http://ottertaillakescountry.com/

Edited on 10/28/14 8:54 PM
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10/7/14 @ 10:35 PM
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Otter Tail Lakes Country
Otter Tail Lakes Country
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MOON PHASE (99%)
Waxing Gibbous
Hello fall-time anglers and those of you who often think about fall-time fishing but never quite make it to the lake. Get here. Come to Otter Tail Lakes Country right now. It’s very pretty. Otter Tail Lakes Country is studded with bands and groves of maple trees and man are they a sight—all over the county. And there’s no better place to view our bright fall colors then from your boat catching crappies, walleye, or bass. The fishing the past few weeks has been second to none. Walleye continue to feed heavy trying to fill up but they have been insatiable. Use bright colors as the fall tinted water on most of Otter Tail Lakes County’s lakes has changed the fish’s visual cues since spring and summer. Also, don’t be afraid to use large minnows and baits. If you were catching walleye on medium leeches 5 or 6 weeks ago, those fish have since become interested in minnows that are 3-6 inches long. The water temps have dropped significantly lately—most lakes are seeing temps in the low 50’s. Search for panfish deep. It’s not uncommon to find them in 20-30 feet of water—especially in our smaller lakes where the max depths are around 30 feet. I usually try horizontal presentations to try and locate schools of panfish. If I mark some and don’t get bit, I toss a marker and jump into a vertical presentation. Unlike walleye and northern and bass who might want larger baits right now, I’d still recommend being conservative with panfish—keep jig weights at around 1/32 or 1/16 in deeper water—but that’s it. Check weed edges near drop offs for bass and don’t be afraid to fish larger lures—big plastics and big spinner baits etc. Get to Otter Tail Lakes Country and get on one of our 1,100 lakes and see fall’s beauty from the water, it’s really great. Good luck.

By Ross Hagemeister, Meister Guide Service, meisterguideservice.com

Otter Tail Lakes Country Tourism Association http://ottertaillakescountry.com/

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10/1/14 @ 10:25 AM
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Otter Tail Lakes Country
Otter Tail Lakes Country
USER since 2/21/14

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First Quarter
October starts today, autumn is in full swing, and it’s the time of year for scary Halloween stories. I have one for you involving fishing! There was a group of fishermen who set out for what they thought would be a great fishing adventure that first weekend in October. They had everything one would need to fish the lakes of Otter Tail Lakes Country. They all arrived at the lake, found what they thought would be great fishing spots, and waited. And waited. And waited. All weekend the hunted for the fish they so desperately wanted to catch but in the end went home empty handed. All because they didn’t read that week’s fishing report for Otter Tail Lakes Country. Whoa, I know that was scary but you should read the following report so that you don’t end up like those poor anglers. They didn’t even get a nibble it sounds like!

When looking for Walleye find water depths of 10 to 15 feet and use jigs during the day or Rapalas in the evening at about 3 feet deep. If you are on the hunt for some panfish (Sunfish and/or Crappies) anchor down in about 12 to 15 and use jigs with wax worms, night crawlers, or crappie minnows. Anglers are finding Bass in the weed beds using spinner baits and jigs with minnows. Get some sucker minnows and head to 15 to 20 feet weed lines to fish for some Northern Pike. Have a wonderful week fishing and we hope to see you in Otter Tail Lakes Country for some great early fall fun!

Otter Tail Lakes Country Tourism Association http://ottertaillakescountry.com/

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9/17/14 @ 10:57 AM
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Otter Tail Lakes Country
Otter Tail Lakes Country
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This September weather is like a Katy Perry song, it's hot then it's cold. A typical beginning of autumn for Minnesota so, bring a jacket and the sun screen just in case. When looking for Walleye find water depths of 10 to 20 feet and use your jigs during the day or Rapalas in the evening. If you are on the hunt for some panfish (Sunfish and/or Crappies) anchor down in about 8 to 10 foot weed lines down to about 15 feet at the deepest and use jigs with wax worms, night crawlers, or crappie minnows. Anglers are still finding Bass in 5 to 8 feet deep weed beds using spinner baits, Senkos, and leaches. Get some sucker minnows and head to 12 to 20 feet weed lines to fish for some Northern Pike. Lastly, Muskies are found in waters 10 to 20 feet deep during the day and water 10 to 15 feet deep in the evening. Use your spinner baits, bulldogs, and jigs to catch those monsters. Have a wonderful week fishing and we hope to see you in Otter Tail Lakes Country for some great early fall fun!

Otter Tail Lakes Country Tourism Association http://ottertaillakescountry.com/

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9/9/14 @ 11:49 PM
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Otter Tail Lakes Country
Otter Tail Lakes Country
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Happy fall everyone! I think it’s finally here. The fishing is really coming around. Summer no longer has a grip on the fish. Our shorter days, longer nights and falling temps all contribute to drastic changes in the underwater world. Keep your wits about you. For as good as the fish bite this time of year, they might be tricky to find. If you’re looking for fish where you were looking a couple weeks ago, you’re not going to find any. When you do find fish, however, they are sure to give you a tug. Walleye are among the species of fish that respond well in the fall. Use a minnow or a crawler and start trolling. Don’t look for walleye on your sonar—it’ll only slow you down. Most walleye I’m catching right now do not show up on your electronics so you’ll have to rely on your fishing instincts to direct you to areas that have produced in the past or that appear to be “fishy”. For sunfish and crappie—think deep and think suspending. While weeds may hold some small panfish on some lakes, I like to look to at deep drops or will search for suspending panfish over muddy basins adjacent to weed lines. Bass are still lurking around vegetation but don’t forget to look along the deep weed line as well as the inside weed line. It’s not uncommon to catch high numbers of bass and large bass in 25 feet of water right now. One thing to keep in mind for fall fishing in Otter Tail Lakes Country is to keep moving until you get a fish or three. Most species are in large groups on most lakes in the fall—if you find a couple there’s a good chance you’ve found a big bunch. And when you find a large number of fish, of any species, the odds are in your favor that they are going to bite very well. Fish good and good luck. Enjoy Otter Tail Lakes Country this fall. By Ross Hagemeister, Meister Guide Service, meisterguideservice.com

Otter Tail Lakes Country Tourism Association http://ottertaillakescountry.com/

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9/3/14 @ 9:04 AM
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Otter Tail Lakes Country
Otter Tail Lakes Country
USER since 2/21/14
September. That time of year when the leaves start to change, the children are off to school, and for the moment fishing is a little slower. We are up for the challenge here in Otter Tail Lakes Country and we hope you are to! After a not so hot Labor Day weekend the fish are still in about the same depths of water that they have been the past few weeks, so that helps to continue the fishing fun. When looking for Walleye find water depths of 10 to 20 feet and use your jigs or Rapalas. If you are on the hunt for some panfish (Sunfish and/or Crappies) anchor down in about 8 to 10 foot weed lines and use jigs with wax worms, night crawlers, or crappie minnows. Anglers are still finding Bass in 5 to 8 feet deep weed beds using spinner baits, Senkos, and leaches. Get some sucker minnows and head to 12 to 20 feet weed lines to fish for some Northern Pike. Lastly, Muskies are found in waters 10 to 20 feet deep during the day and water 10 to 15 feet deep in the evening. Use your spinner baits, bulldogs, and jigs to catch those monsters. Have a wonderful week fishing and we hope to see you in Otter Tail Lakes Country for some great late summer fun!

Otter Tail Lakes Country Tourism Association http://ottertaillakescountry.com/

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