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 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.

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.

Memorial Day Weekend - Memorable! Fish are biting in the Otter Tail area!

Posted by: Gary Peterson Updated: May 27, 2009 - 5:45 PM
Memorial Day weekend had a lot of people in the Otter Tail Lake area enjoying the beautiful weather and great fishing!  Lake temps are now 58 to 64 degrees.  A lot of fish were caught this weekend in depths from 6 to 30 feet. 

Leeches and crawlers are beginning to turn on fish as well as shiner or fathead minnows.  A Lindy Rig set up at a slow troll is a very effective presentation.  Another good method is the jig and minnow.

Maynard Jigs are very popular in our area and come in an assortment of colors.  Maynard Jigs are Minnesota made, and have a mustard hook with a keeper so you can also use artificial bait with them if you'd like.  The jigs come in 1/16th ounce increments from 1/8 to 1/2 ounce sizes.  Ken's Tackle has colors and sizes available for you that work best in our area lakes.

Practice catch and release, or just keep what you can eat to help the population!

For more information, contact Gary at kenstackl@hotmail.com or 218-495-2895. 

Shiners - a Fishermen's Best Friend

Posted by: Gary Peterson Updated: May 7, 2009 - 4:58 PM
Shiners are a lake's natural bait that works well around opener.  The trick is to find them with the cold water.  With opener, May 9th at 12:01 a.m., I thought I'd talk about bait and what presentation should work best in the Otter Tail Lake area.

Water temperature on Otter Tail Lake is 46 degrees, so it is on the cold side.  Walleyes are almost done spawning so they may be a little lethargic during opener.  Males will be hovering around the gravel areas in 5 to 15 feet of water.  A Jig or Lindy Rig tipped with a lake shiner is your best bet.  If the bite is off, tip your jig with a smaller minnow as they could be finicky for a larger minnow.

In warmer, darker water, use a leech or night crawler.  Always have a mixed selection of bait with you so you can change presentation for the depth and temperature of water you are fishing in.

Ken's Tackle, on the west side of Otter Tail Lake, has a good supply of shiners for opener.  They are in short supply in most areas of Minnesota because of the cold weather.  So please come and arm yourself with the best bait for the catch!

If you have any questions, give us a call at 218-495-2895 or e-mail us at kenstackl@hotmail.com

Good luck and always be courteous to other boaters!  Happy Opener!

Shiners - a Fishermen's Best Friend

Posted by: Gary Peterson Updated: May 7, 2009 - 4:58 PM
Shiners are a lake's natural bait that works well around opener.  The trick is to find them with the cold water.  With opener, May 9th at 12:01 a.m., I thought I'd talk about bait and what presentation should work best in the Otter Tail Lake area.

Water temperature on Otter Tail Lake is 46 degrees, so it is on the cold side.  Walleyes are almost done spawning so they may be a little lethargic during opener.  Males will be hovering around the gravel areas in 5 to 15 feet of water.  A Jig or Lindy Rig tipped with a lake shiner is your best bet.  If the bite is off, tip your jig with a smaller minnow as they could be finicky for a larger minnow.

In warmer, darker water, use a leech or night crawler.  Always have a mixed selection of bait with you so you can change presentation for the depth and temperature of water you are fishing in.

Ken's Tackle, on the west side of Otter Tail Lake, has a good supply of shiners for opener.  They are in short supply in most areas of Minnesota because of the cold weather.  So please come and arm yourself with the best bait for the catch!

If you have any questions, give us a call at 218-495-2895 or e-mail us at kenstackl@hotmail.com

Good luck and always be courteous to other boaters!  Happy Opener!

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