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Southwest Minnesota Fishing Reports - September 19th, 2014


The shallow weedlines on Diamond Lake are producing sunfish, and minnows are turning a few walleyes on the deeper weeds here. The fishing pier on Lake Ripley is giving up panfish throughout the day.  

Litchfield Outpost (320) 593-0025


Lake Washington is producing sunfish in the 10-foot weeds and walleyes on crankbaits in 10 to 12 feet. Look to the Minnesota, Blue Earth and Le Sueur rivers with minnows and jigs for walleyes. With the exception of a few geese being shot, hunting reports have been limited. 

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228


Walleyes are hitting minnows and crankbaits on the north end of Big Stone Lake in 10 to 12 feet. You’ll find perch on Big Stone from Schmidt’s Landing to Hartford Beach in 12 to 14 feet. Look to Artichoke Lake for crappies in 6 to 8 feet, while Lake Oliver is producing walleyes and perch in 15 to 18 feet. There aren’t many people hunting geese and those that are haven’t shot as many birds this week as last.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480 


Walleyes have started hitting crankbaits on Lake Minnewaska in 4 to 7 feet of water during low-light periods. You can also pitch a jig and minnow on the points of Minnewaska in 12 to 14 feet of water for walleyes during the day. Look for sunfish in 10 to 15 feet on Maple Lake and Pocket Lake. Goose hunting continues to be poor for most groups of hunters.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle               (320) 239-2239


Look to the fishing pier on Willmar/Foot Lake for panfish and walleyes, while crawlers and fatheads are producing walleyes in 27 to 35 feet on Green Lake. On Big Kandi Lake, sunfish and perch are being caught in 4 to 8 feet. The 10- to 15-foot weedlines on Eagle Lake and Diamond Lake are giving up panfish and a few walleyes. Youth Waterfowl Day went well for some groups and not others, and archery hunters are seeing good numbers of deer. 

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


Archery hunters seem pleasantly surprised with the number of deer they’re seeing and a few nice bucks have been registered already. Doves seem to be thinning out and goose hunting has slowed since last weekend.

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880


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