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Southwest Minnesota Fishing Report - August 22nd, 2014

FAIRMONT AREA

Crappies and bluegills continue to be pulled from 4 to 8 feet on Budd Lake and Hall Lake. The docks on Lake Sissiton and George Lake are holding bass and catfish are hitting crawlers on all lakes at a variety of depths. Walleyes are best with crankbaits or spinners in 8 feet on Hall and Budd.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

LITCHFIELD AREA

The shallow weedlines on Lake Minnie Belle continue to produce sunfish and catfish action has picked up on the Crow River with nightcrawlers. On Lake Ripley, sunfish action has slowed, but bullheads are biting.

Litchfield Outpost (320) 593-0025

MANKATO AREA

Look for sunfish in 10 to 12 feet on Lake Washington and plastics continue to produce bass at Lura Lake. Minnows are triggering walleyes on the Blue Earth River, while the deep holes of the Mississippi River are holding numbers of catfish. 

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228

ORTONVILLE AREA

Perch and bluegills are taking spikes in 12 to 14 feet at Manhattan Islands, Rocky Ledge and the Grapevine area of Big Stone Lake. Walleyes have hit crankbaits on the north end of Big Stone in 10 to 12 feet. Go to the Odessa area of the Minnesota River for catfish or Lake Oliver for perch in 15 to 20 feet. Goose reports are few, but birds are around. 

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480 

STARBUCK AREA

If you move around the 12- foot weedlines of Lake Minnewaska you’ll find schools of sunfish. Stick close to the 14- foot weedlines on Minnewaska with a crawler and spinner for walleyes. Lake Mary is producing crappies in 15 feet, as is the west side of Lake Reno. Goose hunting reports have been limited during the August season.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle               (320) 239-2239

WILLMAR AREA

Long-lining crawlers has produced walleyes at Green Lake in 30 to 35 feet and some fish are being found suspended over 50 feet or more. Pike and bass are hitting crankbaits or spinnerbaits along the weeds of most lakes. Look to Eagle Lake, Diamond Lake, and Green for panfish along the 8- to 10- foot weedbeds. There seems to be geese in the area, but few are hunting them.

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

 

 

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