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  • Writer's pictureBoone Caughey

Opening Fishing in Otter Tail County!



Current Conditions

The warm weather has brought a sense of anticipation and excitement as we gear up for the opening of the walleye season on May 11. Crappie fishing has been the talk of the town lately, with action steadily picking up as the season progresses. Water temperatures are on the rise, signaling the start of what promises to be an exceptional fishing season in Otter Tail County.


Crappie enthusiasts have been enjoying some fantastic early-season action on the lakes of Otter Tail County. With the warming waters, crappie are becoming more active and moving into shallower areas. Anglers are finding success using a variety of techniques, including jigging with small minnows or soft plastics around submerged structure and weed edges. Key areas to target include shallow bays, brush piles, and submerged timber. As the weather continues to warm, expect crappie fishing to only get better.


Coming Up Soon

With just a few weeks to go until the walleye opener on May 11, anticipation is running high. The warm conditions are shaping up for a very productive opener, with stable weather and increasing water temperatures. Anglers can expect walleye to be transitioning from their spawning grounds to their post-spawn staging areas in the coming weeks. Focus on rocky points, gravel bars, and shallow flats adjacent to deeper water for early-season success. Jigs tipped with minnows or soft plastics, as well as trolling with crankbaits, are effective tactics to target these early-season walleye.


New Boat Excitement

This season brings an extra level of excitement for us with the addition of a brand new boat: a 2024 Lund Pro-V Guide Series equipped with top-of-the-line features and technology. It promises to enhance the fishing experience with its comfort and performance. Pics coming soon!


Closing Thoughts

As we eagerly await the opening of the walleye season, now is the perfect time to get out on the water and take advantage of the excellent crappie fishing Otter Tail County has to offer. Whether you're a seasoned angler or new to the sport, there's no better time to experience the thrill of fishing in one of Minnesota's premier fishing destinations. Good luck to all anglers as we kick off another exciting season on the lakes of Otter Tail County!

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