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Southwest Minnesota Fishing Report - September 26th, 2014

FAIRMONT AREA

Crankbaits or spinners and crawlers are producing walleyes during the morning and afternoon hours at Hall Lake, Budd Lake, and George Lake in 6 to 8 feet. Catfish are an easy catch on all lakes and you’ll find panfish in 4 to 6 feet on Budd and Lake Sissiton. Some teal left the area, but good numbers remain along with wood ducks and mallards for the opener this weekend.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

MANKATO AREA

The deep holes and slack water areas on the Blue Earth, Le Sueur and Minnesota rivers are giving up walleyes on minnows and jigs. On Lake Washington, crankbaits are producing walleyes in 12 feet and sunfish are hitting in 10 feet. Pitch a jig and minnow in 14 feet on Madisonā€ˆLake for crappies. It appears some teal have moved out, but wood ducks, geese, and a few mallards should provide targets on opening day.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228

ORTONVILLE AREA

Look for consistent perch action in 12 feet from the Grapevine up to Bayview and Rocky Ledge on Big Stone Lake. Walleye action has been best with crankbaits on the north end of Big Stone from Hiawatha to Yankee Town in 10 to 12 feet. Lake Traverse started giving up walleyes in 6 to 10 feet on minnows and jigs. There’s plenty of water and good numbers of ducks in the area for this weekend’s opener. 

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480 

STARBUCK AREA

Two presentations are producing walleyes on Lake Minnewaska - trolling crankbaits in 4 to 7 feet at night or pitching jigs and minnows on the points during the day in 12 to 14 feet. The Glenwood end of Minnewaska is giving up a few sunfish, but Pocket Lake and Maple Lake are better options in 10 to 14 feet. Duck and geese numbers look light, so there’s some uncertainity heading into this weekend’s opener.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle               (320) 239-2239

WINDOM/MARSHALL AREA

Fishing reports have been limited to some bullhead action on Lady Slipper Lake and School Grove Lake. The warm weather has slowed archery kills and deer movement and waterfowl hunters will find pockets of ducks this weekend with “fair” numbers of puddlers reported.

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880

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