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Southwest Minnesota Fishing Report - November 16th, 2012

Posted on November 15, 2012

FAIRMONT AREA

The second weekend of deer season was slower than the first, but it sounded like many hunters filled their tags opening weekend. There are ducks and geese moving through the area with hunting pressure reported as minimal. Anglers fishing from shore at Tuttle Lake are catching walleyes on minnows. Budd Lake and Lake Sissiton are producing perch and crappies in less than eight feet.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

MANKATO AREA

Duck hunters are seeing more northern ducks in the area with some of the bigger bodies of water holding divers. The deer season continued to offer mixed reviews and there just didn’t seem to be a lot of big bucks shot. Good numbers of antlerless deer were taken, but the harvest is down. The few anglers who continue to fish when the weather permits are catching walleyes at Lake Hanska in six feet.
The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228

ORTONVILLE AREA

The number of antlerless deer shot is down compared to last year, but there was a fair number of big bucks shot during the second weekend. The bigger bodies of water are holding migrant ducks, including some mallards and divers, but hunting pressure has been limited. The same is true with pheasants – there are birds around, but not many hunters chasing them.
Bud’s Bait (320) 839-2480

RED WING AREA

Anglers fishing below the dam on the Mississippi River are catching walleyes and sauger, with big fish in the mix. A jig and fathead minnow has worked best in 10 to 18 feet of water or 20 to 30 feet during the day. The deer season has been strong with a definite increase in the number of big bucks shot in the area this year. The overall take might be down from last year, but the number of bucks shot has been better.
Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334

WILLMAR AREA

Rain and wind last weekend limited the number of hunters who continued to hunt deer, but those who did go out noticed an increase in rutting activity. Throughout the course of the season the who were persistant seemed to see and shoot their deer. Duck and pheasant reports have been limited, although there seems to be pockets of birds around and fishing pressure is minimal with a few guys continuing to chase walleyes on Green Lake, Willmar/Foot Lake, or Eagle Lake.
Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports
(320) 235-4097

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