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Southwest Minnesota Fishing Report - October 17th, 2014

FAIRMONT AREA

Hit the Blue Earth River with plastics or minnows for walleyes. Panfish continue to hit in the evenings on Hall Lake, Budd Lake, and Lake Sissiton in 4 to 6 feet. Walleyes also can be had with minnows in 4 to 8 feet on Hall, Budd, and Sissiton.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

MANKATO AREA

Duck and pheasant reports have been poor. Crappies and sunfish continue to be caught on Lake Washington in 10 to 12 feet and Madison Lake is producing crappies in slightly deeper water.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228

ORTONVILLE AREA

Perch are hitting minnows and spikes from the Grapevine to Rocky Ledge on Big Stone Lake in 12 feet. Anglers fishing off their docks on the south end of Big Stone are catching walleyes at night. Lake Traverse is worth hitting for walleyes in 6 to 10 feet with minnows and jigs. The pheasant season started slow, but there are some diver ducks to be had. 

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480 

STARBUCK AREA

Work the points and beach areas of Lake Minnewaska with minnows for walleyes in 12 to 14 feet. A few walleyes and crappies are coming off Lake Reno during the evening in shallower water. Mallards and a few ringnecks are being shot by waterfowl hunters, while roosters have been tough to come by.  

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle               

(320) 239-2239

WATERVILLE AREA

Walleyes are hitting fathead minnows in 13 to 15 feet on Lake Tetonka. Look to Tetonka and Lake Sakatah with sucker minnows for pike in 8 to 10 feet. Mallards, wood ducks, teal, and geese are keeping hunters busy. 

Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 362-4444

WILLMAR AREA

Waterfowl hunters continue to shoot a few puddle ducks and geese. Walleyes are being caught with minnows at Green Lake in 27 to 35 feet or at Eagle Lake in 10 to 15 feet. Anglers fishing from shore with minnows on Ringo Lake and Willmar/Foot Lake are catching a few crappies and walleyes.

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

WINDOM/MARSHALL AREA

Pheasant hunting has been slow. There have been a few roosters shot, most hunters are seeing birds, and they believe hunting will improve as crops are removed. Mallards, wood ducks, and geese are keeping waterfowl hunters interested.

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880

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