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Southwest Minnesota Fishing Report - January 25th, 2013

Posted on January 24, 2013

FAIRMONT AREA

Shiner minnows and setlines are turning walleyes in five feet on Wilmont Lake. Hit Lake Sissiton for bluegills and crappies in 20 feet and North Silver Lake for perch in four feet. Hall Lake continues to provide a mixed bag of panfish in 18 to 21 feet and Budd Lake is a safe bet for perch in 18 to 20 feet.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

MANKATO AREA

Once the weather warms and stabilizes, look to Fox Lake for crappies in eight to 10 feet and to Baker’s Bay on Lake Washington for crappies and sunfish in 12 feet. Walleye action has slowed, but Lake Hanska might be worth hitting during the evening hours in less than six feet of water.
The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228

ORTONVILLE AREA

Perch continue to be caught in the Meadowbrook and Twin Silo’s areas of Big Stone Lake in 12 to 13 feet of water. The Rustling Elms and Peninsula areas are kicking out perch in 12 feet as well. A few walleyes are hitting during the evening hours in eight to 10 feet in the Meadowbrook area and Mallard Point in 10 to 14 feet at Big Stone. On Lake Traverse, walleyes and sunfish are hitting on the north end rock piles.
Bud’s Bait (320) 839-2480

STARBUCK AREA

The cold weather shut down the bite. The Glenwood end of Lake Minnewaska is producing a few panfish and pike in 12 to 14 feet during the morning. On Lake Reno, anglers are catching pike, perch, and an occasional walleye in 14 to 18 feet.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239

WILLMAR AREA

The few anglers who continued to fish through the cold weather were catching perch on Long Lake in 10 to 15 feet. Walleyes and crappies are active on Green Lake in 25 to 30 feet. At Diamond Lake, a mixed bag of walleyes, crappies, sunfish, and perch were being pulled from 14 to 22 feet.
Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097