Gary Peterson

Gary Peterson, owner of Ken’s Tackle on the west side of Otter Tail Lake, purchased his bait shop with the desire to work with his hobby: fishing. He is a Battle Lake, Minn., native and has been fishing the local lakes his entire life.

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Otter Tail Lake Area Fishing Update

Posted by: Gary Peterson Updated: January 3, 2010 - 11:40 AM
Ice reports in the area are very good - 9" to 15" if not more, on all lakes.  There has been a little bit of flooding due to the holiday blizzard - but with this cold snap, you should be fine now.  Most are driving on the lakes and accesses are holding out well.

Fishing has been pretty good in the area.  Look for walleyes and perch in 10' to 25 feet of water.  Shiners on a set line or fatheads on a jig or spoon are working best.

Panfish bite has been a little slow this year.  Fish the weed lines in 10' to 20 feet of water with a small jig tipped with a wax worm.  You have to be on the move with all fish.

Spearing is regaining popularity - more young people are doing it now and you can also be angling when spearing.  Spearing is not allowed on Deer and West Battle Lake.

Have fun fishing and give us a call for the latest update - Ken's Tackle, located on the west side of Otter Tail Lake, in Battle Lake.  Call 218-4950-2895.

Ice on Otter Tail Lake is 8 to 14 inches!

Posted by: Gary Peterson Updated: December 30, 2009 - 1:42 PM
We are catching some fish!

Walleyes are being caught in 18 to 20 feet of water.  Night bite has been good in most areas and early mornings.  Jigging spoons and fatheads or shiners on set lines working best.

Perch bite has been slower than we'd like - but we are now finding them in deeper water.

After the 12 inches of snow, we have had minor flooding, but mostly on the east side of the lake.  Slushy areas are freezing or are frozen with the cold weather.   People are driving vehicles on the lake - but you have to be careful and know where to go.  Call us for the latest update.  We can be reached at 218-495-2895 or by visiting

Otter Tail Lake and Battle Lake Area is Ready for Ice Fishing!

Posted by: Gary Peterson Updated: December 15, 2009 - 12:31 PM
 Ken's Tackle is happy to report that the lakes in the Otter Tail, Battle Lake area are making ice by the moment.  We are finding ice to be between 4 and 10 inches.  You do have to be careful where you go - but we are seeing more and more perminate fish houses on the lake everyday.

Cracks are around and are opening in parts of the lake.  Accesses are open.  But please use caution.  Walk out first and check where you are going.  This time of the year, things can change quickly. 

Reports --- walleyes are in 15 to 20 feet of water.  So fishermen are excited!

Give us a call to get the latest update on the lake of your choice.  Call Ken's Tackle at 218-495-2895.

Be safe - Gary Peterson

Otter Tail Lake Area is Going Great!

Posted by: Gary Peterson Updated: September 28, 2009 - 2:38 PM

Fall fishing continues to be good in the Otter Tail Lake area.  Crawlers are working well in 25 to 35 feet with a bottom bouncer and spinner rig during daytime hours.

In the later afternoon, jig and minnows in 7 to 15 feet of water is working best.  Crank bait bite at night is really taking off.

Perch have finally started to bite in 7 to 10 feet, with a jig and fathead combination.  Northerns have been active using sucker minnows or weighted spinner baits.

Stop or call us at Ken's Tackle, 218-495-2895, for the latest report!  Happy fishing!

Walleyes Are Everywhere in Otter Tail Lake

Posted by: Gary Peterson Updated: September 3, 2009 - 8:02 AM
Fishing continues to be good in the Otter Tail Lake area.  Walleyes are being caught in 25 to 35 feet of water with crawlers and spinners during the day.

During the late afternoon and evening hours - sucker minnows or redtails are working in 10 to 15 feet of water above the cabbage.

Around sunset start trolling crank baits on the flats or sunken island in 5 to 10 feet of water.

Most popular crank bait is a #5 Shad Rap deep or shallow diver - colors are purple, firetiger or bleeding pearl.

Sunfish and crappies are hitting in 15 to 16 feet of water on smaller lakes using wax worms or crappie minnows.

Give Gary a call at Ken's Tackle at 218-495-2895 for the latest or contact us thru our website at


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