This is the fishing report for Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling 218.847.5743.
With the warm weather, warmer nights and several bright sun days of the last week, water temps in the Detroit Lakes area rose from the high 50’s to the mid 60 degree range. Most fish are in transition and the bite has been inconsistent. Several lakes did turn over due to the high wind days when water temps were in the 50’s. Most will turn over when water temps drop again. Many anglers have struggled to get out even with the nice weather due to so many days of high winds. Musky are moving shallow, crappies are sliding deeper off edges toward deeper basin areas, walleyes are scattered between shallow water, some on shoreline break edges, and some still out in very deep water on off shore structure and as deep as 35 feet. Largemouth bass are shallow and active, and smallies are in deeper hard bottom areas ranging from 18-25 feet. As we finish full transition to fall and weather stabilizes, the bite for all species will be more consistent and predictable.
Brad Laabe Guide Service