South West Minnesota Fishing Reports
Southwest Minnesota Fishing Report - October 24th, 2014
Posted on Thu, 23 Oct 2014
Panfish remain active in 4 to 6 feet of water on Budd Lake and Lake Sissiton. Walleyes are hitting minnows or crankbaits during the evening hours in 6 to 8 feet on Hall Lake, Budd, and Sissiton and the Blue Earth River continues to produce walleyes on jigs tipped with plastics or minnows. Duck hunting action has really dropped off with no new birds being pushed into the area.
Walleyes have started hitting minnows in 12 feet at German Lake and off Second Point on Lake Washington. The Grassy Island area of Washington is giving up sunfish as well. The deeper holes on the Minnesota, Blue Earth, and Le Sueur rivers also are worth hitting for walleyes. Pheasant and duck hunting reports continue to be poor.
Perch are hitting minnows from the Grapevine to Hartford Beach on Big Stone Lake in 11 to 13 feet. On the Mustinka River, walleyes and crappies are being caught on minnows. Anglers fishing from shore on Botker’s Slough are catching walleyes and crappies and nice crappies at Artichoke Lake. A few more pheasants are being shot, but a lot of corn remains and waterfowl hunters are finding more divers and geese in the mix.
Walleyes are hitting jigs and minnows in 14 to 16 feet on the points and beach areas of Lake Minnewaska or in 16 feet on Lake Reno. The nice weather has prevented any new ducks from moving in so waterfowl hunting has been slow. A few more pheasants were shot this week, but no big numbers are being flushed.
Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in 6 to 10 feet on Lake Tetonka and Lake Sakatah. Fathead minnows continue to produce a few walleyes on Tetonka in 13 to 15 feet. Hunting action has been slow as most local ducks have been shot up or moved out.
On Green Lake, walleyes are hitting minnows in 27 to 35 feet and crappies are being found suspended over deep water on the southwest corner of the lake. The Farm Bar on the west side and the flat on the south end of Eagle Lake also are giving up a few walleyes. Look to the shorelines of Ringo Lake, Norway Lake, and Willmar/Foot Lake for panfish. Duck hunting has been poor, but some hunters are finding pockets of pheasants.
Walleyes are being caught on minnows or crankbaits in 5 to 8 feet on Lake Shetak. Look to East Twin Lake with minnows for perch and walleyes in 9 to 11 feet. Pheasant hunting has improved with most groups reporting that they’re seeing more birds now that the corn has started to be harvested. Archery hunters have noticed more rutting activity with bucks this week.