Southwest Minnesota Fishing Report – December 28th, 2012
This area received about seven inches of snow last week and although some slush did develop, most lakes remain accessible by foot or on select lakes via ATVs. Perch continue to be caught with minnows and waxworms at Iowa Lake and North Silver Lake in five feet and at Hall Lake in 10 to 15 feet of water. Lake Sissiton started giving up crappies and sunfish in 10 feet and Tuttle Lake is producing walleyes during low-light periods in less than five feet.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225
Six inches of ice seems to be pretty consistent on area lakes. Crappie action has picked up at Cedar Lake in 10 to 12 feet of water, the west end of French Lake in 20 to 25 feet, and at Circle Lake in 10 feet. The main bar on Lake Mazaska is worth hitting for crappies and perch, while Shields Lake is giving up sunfish and northern pike in eight to 12 feet.
Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341
Baker’s Bay and Mud Bay on Lake Washington are producing sunfish and a few crappies in six to 10 feet of water. The east bay on Madison Lake is worth noting for panfish as well in eight to 10 feet. You’ll hook a few walleyes in front of the park on the southeast end of Lake Hanska in six feet during low-light periods. Six to eight inches of ice is being reported by anglers on most lakes.
The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228
ATVs continue to be used with more than eight inches of ice reported on most lakes. Jigging spoons are producing walleyes during the evening hours in the Meadowbrook area of Big Stone Lake in 12 feet. Perch action also remains consistent on Big Stone near the Peninsula in 10 feet. Small jigs tipped with waxies are working best during midday hours.
Bud’s Bait (320) 839-2480
Ice conditions have improved with ATVs and bigger fish houses showing up on most lakes. Walleye action has picked up on Lake Minnewaska during the evening hours in 12 to 15 feet or 24 to 28 feet. Look to the Glenwood end of Minnewaska for sunfish in 12 to 14 feet and to Maple Lake for sunfish and crappies in 10 to 12 feet. Walleyes continue to be caught on the east side of Reno Lake during low-light periods in 14 feet.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239
Lake conditions have improved quite a bit with six to 12 inches of ice reported on area lakes. Walleyes and crappies are being caught during low-light periods on Diamond Lake in 13 to 15 feet and on Willmar/Foot Lake in 14 to 20 feet. You’ll find walleyes in less than nine feet on Big Kandi Lake and Lake Wagonda. A few walleyes also are being caught in 10 to 20 feet on lakes such as Eagle, Green, Nest, and Andrew.
Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097