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Southwest MInnesota Fishing Report - November 21st, 2014

FAIRMONT AREA

There’s still sections of open water on most large lakes, but the majority of the area is covered with ice. Up to 4 inches is being reported on the small, shallow lakes with some limited fishing taking place early this week.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

MANKATO AREA

All lakes are covered with ice and as much as 4 inches is being found on some lakes so anglers have started walking out, but caution is advised due to varying ice depths. Pheasant hunting reports continue to be poor, as was the second weekend of deer hunting.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228

ORTONVILLE AREA

All of Big Stone Lake froze over last weekend and anglers were walking out with portable shelters on 3 to 5 inches of ice early this week. Perch reports have been limited, but ice fishing should pick up soon. 

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480 

STARBUCK AREA

Lake Minnewaska has 3 to 6 inches of ice, while Lake Emily and Pomme de Terre Lake have 6 inches, all lakes are covered with ice. Fishing action has been limited to a few walleyes off all three aforementioned lakes. 

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239

WINDOM/MARSHALL AREA

The lakes are covered with ice with as much as 4 inches reported on certain bodies of water, but less on others so caution is advised. Anglers have been walking on the north end of Lake Shetek and catching a few walleyes during the evening hours. The cold and wind has limited pheasant hunting pressure, but those going are kicking up birds.

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880

WATERVILLE AREA

A few people have been walking out, although the wind has kept portions of Lake Tetonka open. Anglers are reporting up to 3 inches of ice on Lake Elysian and most other shallow lakes, but caution is advised due to varying ice thickness. 

Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 362-4444

WILLMAR AREA

There was pockets of open water on Eagle Lake and Green Lake, but all other lakes are ice-covered with 2 to 6 inches. Anglers have been walking on Big Kandi Lake and Lake Minnetoga and catching a few walleyes and perch. Foot travel also has started on lakes Calhoun, Ringo, South Long and Willmar/Foot, but fishing reports from them have been limited.

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

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