Southwest Minnesota Fishing Report - September 21st, 2012
Crappies and perch are hitting minnows in six to 12 feet at Hall Lake and Budd Lake. The rock humps on Hall and Budd are producing sunfish as well. Muskie anglers are hooking fish at Fox Lake off the points with bucktails and you’ll find catfish on Fox near the docks and shoreline breaks.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225
Minnows are producing walleyes and crappies at Lake Hanska in eight to 10 feet. Catfish and a few walleyes are being plucked from deep holes of the Minnesota River and Blue Earth River with crawlers. Look to Lake Washington for sunfish in four to six feet. Pike are hitting on the weedlines of most lakes.
The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228
Perch are hitting minnows in 10 to 12 feet in the Rocky Ledge, Hartford Beach, and Bayview areas of Big Stone Lake. Trolling crankbaits around the islands in the middle of Big Stone is producing walleyes early and late in the day. Work the rock pile edges on Lake Traverse for bluegills. There’s some geese in the area and duck numbers look favorable.
Bud’s Bait (320) 839-2480
Look for sunfish and bass on the Glenwood end of Lake Minnewaska in 10 to 12 feet. You’ll find walleyes during the day on Minnewaska hitting minnows in 10 to 14 feet or crankbaits at night along the bulrushes in six feet. Trolling crankbaits on Lake Reno in six to eight feet during the hours has produced walleyes as well. Goose hunting reports have been poor, but hunter numbers have dropped since opening weekend.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle
Not much has changed from a week ago, which means hitting Green Lake with redtails for walleyes in 20 to 40 feet. Green also is producing bass in shallow water and sunfish in its milfoil patches. Pike continue to hit sucker minnows on the weedlines of Games Lake and Lake Andrew, while bass fishing is favorable on most lakes with spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Look for panfish in 10 to 15 feet on Eagle Lake, Nest Lake, Diamond Lake, and Andrew. Goose hunters are reporting more birds.
Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097