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Southwest Minnesota Fishing Report - January 11th, 2013

Posted on January 10, 2013

FAIRMONT AREA

Anglers are catching walleyes, bluegills, and crappies in 15 to 20 feet at Hall Lake and Lake Sissiton. There’s some evening action for walleyes and crappies at Wilmiert Lake in six feet. Perch action continues to be good with waxworms or minnows at North Silver Lake and Iowa Lake in four to six feet.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

MANKATO AREA

Baker’s Bay on Lake Washington is producing crappies and sunfish in 12 to 15 feet throughout the day. Second Point and Third Point on Washington are worth hitting for walleyes in 25 to 30 feet at low-light periods. Walleye action also remains strong on Lake Hanska in six to eight feet with setlines or small spoons.
The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228

ORTONVILLE AREA

Perch continue to hit spikes or minnows at a good pace in 12 feet from the south end of the islands up to Meadowbrook on Big Stone Lake. The Meadowbrook area also is giving up a few walleyes and you’ll find perch and walleyes in the Mallard Point area in 12 feet. Lake Lac qui Parle is producing crappies and Toqua Lake is giving up walleyes in less than five feet.
Bud’s Bait (320) 839-2480

STARBUCK AREA

Two areas on the Glenwood end of Lake Minnewaska, Bottle Bay and straight out from the DNR access, continue to produce sunfish and crappies in 12 to 14 feet mainly on waxworms. These same areas are giving up northern pike with tip-ups and shiner minnows. Small spoons and minnow heads or shiner minnows and plain hooks are turning a few walleyes at Lake Reno during the evening hours in 20 to 24 feet.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239

WATERVILLE AREA

Sabre Lake started giving up northern pike and crappies in 10 feet via minnows. There’s an evening crappie bite at Horseshoe Lake in 12 to 14 feet and the west end of Lake Tetonka is producing northern pike in shallow water. Crappie action has heated up in the flooded trees area on the west end of Lake Francis in 12 feet.
Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 362-4444

WILLMAR AREA

Low-light periods have been best for walleyes at Green Lake in 25 to 30 feet. Lakes such as Andrew, Florida, Diamond, and Ringo are kicking out northern pike, panfish, and a few walleyes in 15 to 20 feet. Look to Long Lake, Lake Wagonda, and Big Kandi Lake for perch and small walleyes in 10 feet or less.
Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097