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Southwest Minnesota Fishing Report - July 25th, 2014

FAIRMONT AREA

Crappies and sunfish are in 2 to 5 feet at Hall Lake, Budd Lake, and Lake Sissiton. Crankbaits or spinners and crawlers are producing walleyes in 8 to 12 feet on Hall and Budd. Catfish will hit crawlers on all lakes. Bass fishing is strong with Budd, Sissiton, and George Lake producing bigger fish.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

LITCHFIELD AREA

Suckers or spoons are producing pike on the east side of Stella Lake. Look to Diamond Lake with leeches for walleyes in 14 feet and sunfish are biting during the afternoon and evening off the fishing pier on Lake Ripley.

Litchfield Outpost (320) 593-0025

MANKATO AREA

Lake Washington is giving up sunfish in 10 feet, walleyes on crankbaits in 12 feet, and crappies in 14 feet. Suckers are turning flathead catfish in the slack water and brush areas on the Minnesota River. Catfish and a few walleyes can be had on the Blue Earth and Le Sueur rivers and Big Jefferson Lake is producing bass and walleyes in 14 to 16 feet.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228

STARBUCK AREA

Crawlers and leeches are producing walleyes during low-light periods on the 8- to 10-foot inside weed edges on Lake Minnewaska. Minnewaska also is giving up sunfish in 10 to 12 feet.  

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle               (320) 239-2239

WARROAD AREA

Walleyes are hitting frozen shiners, leeches, and crawlers in 14 to 16 feet or 20 to 24 feet in the Blinker area, Springsteel Sand Bar, and south tip of Buffalo Bay on Lake of the Woods. Jigs and spinner rigs continue to produce most fish throughout the day.

Riverside Bait & Tackle (218) 386-1200

WATERVILLE AREA

The no-wake restriction has been lifted on area lakes. Spinnerbaits are producing northern pike and bass on Lake Sakatah. Walleyes are hitting crawlers in 10 feet off Best Point and in Antil’s Bay on Lake Tetonka. Look for sunfish in 10 to 12 feet on Little Jefferson Lake and Lake Francis.

Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 362-4444

WILLMAR AREA

Work the 20- to 30-foot humps and rocks with live bait for walleyes on Green Lake. Walleyes also are hitting leeches and crawlers during low-light periods in 10 to 20 feet on Eagle Lake, Diamond Lake, Lake Florida, and Lake Andrew. Panfish are biting on the weedlines or in weed pockets on Henderson Lake, Lake George, Elkhorn Lake, Games Lake, and Green.

Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097

WINDOM/MARSHALL AREA

Fishing reports have been limited to some walleye action on shallow-running crankbaits on Lake Benton in 6 or 7 feet. Brauner Lake in Camden State Park remains a safe bet for sunfish and bass in less than 10 feet.

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880

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