Debbie Lempola

Debbie Lempola, and her husband, Kevin, own and operate Delaney's Sports in Park Rapids, Minnesota. The store carries full lines of fishing, archery and hunting gear, and has been in the family for 34 years.

This winter is a challenge!

Posted by: Debbie Lempola under Fishing Updated: January 14, 2014 - 7:03 AM

With all the snow this year most people are hanging together.  Fish Hook, Potato and the Crow Wings seem to be the most popular.  Look for Walleyes in 19', crappies 30'.  Minnows are the bait of choice.  The best tasting fish are caught in the winter, go get em!  The 16th Annual American Legion Fishing Derby is set for Feb 1st.  This derby not only is fun to fish but much of the money is given back to the community, tickets are $40.00, there are over $110,000 in prizes.  Give us a call for more info.  Also, the Dorothy Noeske Memorial Bluegill and Crappies Fishing Derby will be the last Sunday in Feb, this derby is totally geared to the kids, with one lucky one leaving with a Youth Lifetime Fishing License, just plain old fashioned fun that day, tickets are $2.00 donation each or $20.00 for a book!  218-732-4281,  Go Fish!

The ice is on!

Posted by: Debbie Lempola under Fishing Updated: November 30, 2013 - 7:29 AM

Now that the rifle season is over, the muzzle loading hunt has begun.  Reports are spotty this year but some nice deer were shot this year.

Walleyes and bluegills have been active on smaller lakes.  There is anywhere from a skim to 8" of ice on many lakes.  Portage and Twin have had the most traffic so far.

Mid summer fishing!

Posted by: Debbie Lempola under Fishing Updated: July 28, 2013 - 6:54 AM

While the Walleye's are in a little lull check out the Northern, bass and crappie bite!  Crawlers, leeches and Black Magic Jigs seem to be the trick.  Check out 15'-20' depths in cabbage growth.  The new 2014 hunting books are now available, pick one up to plan your dates.

Mid season, fishing is great!

Posted by: Debbie Lempola under Fishing Updated: July 14, 2013 - 8:13 AM

Long Lake has a good evening bite on in about 10-15'.  Try crawlers and Lindy rigs. 

Fish Hook and Potato are producing nice fish but it is alittle tougher....good day, bad day type of thing.

Head to the Crow Wings for Northerns and Crappie, Portage is the same. 

Big Mantrap has been giving up Muskys and Northerns both.


Water temps up!

Posted by: Debbie Lempola under Fishing Updated: June 17, 2013 - 6:43 AM

Water temps have now reached the high 60's!  Seems like it happened over night.  Reports of Walleyes on Long, Potato and Fish Hook.  Grab a lindy rig and a few leeches.  10-15'.

Northerns have been active as well as the bass.  Bait is really a mixed bag this year.    Minnows seem to prevail.

Crappie and sunfish continue to bite well (late spring effect I guess).  Jigs and worms are the trick!

The First Responders now have their Gun Raffle calendars out for the year.  If interested give us a call at 218-732-4281.  Fun raffle with a great cause.