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Southwest Minnesota Fishing Report - April 11th, 2014


Most small lakes were open early this week and the ice that remained on the bigger lakes was black and moving – this area could ice-free by the weekend. Open-water fishing has been limited to a few culvert areas, which have yet to produce much other than rough fish.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225


Walking was the only option on most lakes this week as the shorelines begin to pull away, so fishing has been limited to where people could go. Crappies and sunfish are hitting in 12 feet on Madison Lake, while Baker’s Bay on Lake Washington is giving up sunfish in 14 to 16 feet.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228


Access options are limited, but you could still get on Big Stone Lake at a few locations early this week, though perch action is slow. The lack of runoff is slowing the ice-out process, leaving next weekend’s Minnesota/South Dakota border water walleye opener up in the air.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480 


The shorelines are taking a beating, but ATVs were being used early this week. Sunfish and some crappies are hitting on the 14-foot weed areas of Lake Minnewaska. Two of the most consistent spots have been on the north side out of Starbuck Marina and in Bottle Bay on the Glenwood end.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle               (320) 239-2239


The ice-fishing season has ended in this area. The shorelines are pulled away, some channels are completely open, and a couple lakes now have pockets of open water. 

Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 362-4444


A very limited number of people have been fishing over the past week. Eagle Lake is giving up a few sunfish and perch in eight feet, while Willmar/Foot Lake and Diamond Lake are producing some crappies over 20 to 25 feet. 

Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports 

(320) 235-4097

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