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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Fishing Strategies Changes Like the Weather!

Posted by: Gary Peterson Updated: August 7, 2009 - 5:14 PM
Fishing continues to be good in the Otter Tail Lake area.  Walleyes are in 20 to 30 feet of water on mid-lake humps.

Crawlers and leeches with spinners are working best.  Colors working best are yellow/orange, blue/white and chartreuse.

Panfish bit is going good in 15 feet of water.  Wax worms or small minnows on a slip bobber are the ticket.

Crank bait bite is starting to pick up in the evenings in 7 to 12 feet of water.  Purple, blue or bleeding pearl are color choices.

All you deer hunters - remember if you are in the lottery area, you can only shoot 1 deer for the year.  Applications for a doe permits must be in by September 10th.

Call for more details on fishing or hunting rules for this year.  Gary Peterson, Ken's Tackle 218-495-2895

Otter Tail Lake Fishing Report

Posted by: Gary Peterson Updated: July 23, 2009 - 11:49 AM
Bite on Otter Tail Lake is 20 to 30 feet on mid-lake humps with crawlers or leeches.  Crank baits are working in the evening in only 7 to 8 feet of water.  A number 5 Rapula in purple, bleeding pearl or fire tiger are your best colors.

When using crawlers or leeches, use a spinner to improve your catch.  Colors that work best are blue/white, yellow/orange or chartreuse.

Panfish are really starting to go in 15 feet of water on the nearby lakes.

In the past week, the area has been hit by 5 inches of rain and cooler temps.  Water surface temp has dropped from 74 to 65 degrees in that time.  So talking to the local bait shops is important on knowing what is happening where.

It's not too late to schedule a fall vacation at the resorts and have some great fall fishing.  Give us a call for the latest update - 218-495-2895.

Bass Fisherman - Get the Scoop

Posted by: Gary Peterson Updated: July 13, 2009 - 6:08 AM
Ottertail County is hard to beat for the bass fisherman.  With all of the good walleye fishing, the bass tend to be overlooked.  Bass are all over, any size lake is for the take.  You have great shallow water cover, reeds, pads, grass, trees and timber.

In lakes without a lot of shallow cover, you can take nice fish on the weed lines, jigs and plastic's will help you take all the fish you need.  Don't over look the big waters - most of the big walleye lakes in the county hold nice bass in big reed beds.  Just throw a spinner bait or jigs, even some top water bait. 

Best time of the day is early morning or late afternoon.  Get to know a handful of lakes real well.  Learn the patterns and you'll catch 5 to 6 pound hawgs. 

Stop by Ken's Tackle to learn about the great stock of jigs, plastics and spinner baits.  Our main stock is with Sally Jigs - learn more about them by visiting their website at  Ken's has it all and can give you some direction if you are new to the area or bass fishing.

Hope to see you soon!  Gary Peterson, owner of Ken's Tackle.

Best Bet for Otter Tail Lake Area

Posted by: Gary Peterson Updated: July 6, 2009 - 2:11 PM
Fishing in the Otter Tail Lake area continues to be good.  Depths are in 15 to 25 feet range.  Crawlers and leeches are your best bet.  Panfish are hitting on lakes as well.  A small jig with wax worms or crawlers are working well for this catch.

For walleye presentations; a bottom bouncer and JB Spinner.  JB's are made in Minnesota and come in a variety of colors.  The ones that are working best in our area are the blue/white, chartreuse, and yellow/orange. 

One quick note: When fishing with a crawler and harness, pinch off the tail so the fish can't suck on the crawler.  You'll get a quicker hook set.  Also, shoot a shot of air in your crawlers to get it to float off the bottom.

Good luck and give us a call for the latest - Ken's Tackle - 218-495-2895.

The Okuma Line is a Proven Tool

Posted by: Gary Peterson Updated: June 4, 2009 - 5:33 PM
Fishing in the Otter Tail Lake area continues to be good.  Jig and minnow, or snell are working well.  Depths are in the 8 to 30 foot range.  Crawlers and leeches are also starting to heat up.  For some night fishing try a jig and bobber in 10 to 15 feet of water.  Lastly, bass fishing and panfish bite has also been very good.

Ken's Tackle started caring a new line called Okuma.  Okuma is a Canadian company who is really coming on strong.  Okuma makes an assortment of rods and reels for those in search of a good mid-priced outfit.  We recommend an Avenger spinning reel that has seven ball bearings and an Aquios rod for medium action for your walleye.  This make is a sweet combo for under $80.

Muskie fishermen:  check out their muskie rods and reels for muskie opener this week-end.

Give us a call and we'll help you in getting set up for equipment that works our area.

Good luck!


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