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Southwest Minnesota Fishing Report - October 18th, 2013

Posted on October 17, 2013

FARIBAULT AREA

Crappies and walleyes are hitting minnows on Lake Mazaska in 12 feet and Cedar Lake is producing crappies in 10 to 12 feet. Hit the docks on Lake Roberds for crappies and northern pike, while Hunt Lake remains a safe bet for largemouth bass in shallow water. There hasn’t been any reports of pheasants being shot, but wood duck and goose numbers are strong in the area right now.
Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341

MANKATO AREA

Sunfish are hitting in 10 feet and walleyes are hitting minnows and jigs in 18 feet on Lake Washington. Minnows also are turning smaller walleyes on Lake Hanska in less than six feet and in the deeper holes of the Minnesota River. There are a few ducks and geese being shot, but pheasant hunting has been poor.
The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228

ORTONVILLE AREA

Perch continue to hit off the docks throughout Big Stone Lake in six to eight feet. Look for walleyes to hit crankbaits along the south shoreline of Big Stone at night. Artichoke Lake is giving up walleyes and crappies in less than six feet and bluegills continue to be caught on the shallow rock piles of Big Traverse Lake. The pheasant opener was poor, although it’s tough to gauge bird numbers due to all the standing corn. Waterfowl hunters are finding decent numbers of birds and geese, but not many divers.
Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480

WILLMAR AREA

Walleyes are hitting minnows in 10 to 18 feet at Eagle Lake or 10 to 30 feet on Green Lake. Both lakes are producing panfish in 14 to 20 feet as well. Pheasant hunters did see some young birds, but few roosters have been shot and waterfowl bags have consisted of wood ducks and geese.
Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097