Crappies moving in and out of the shallows with weather changes – South West Report


Budd Lake and Lake Sissiton are producing crappies, perch, and a few bluegills in five feet or less. Look to Fox Lake and Tuttle Lake with minnows for perch in four to six feet. Fox also is giving up crappies in three to six feet on small jigs tipped with minnows or plastics.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225


You’ll find crappies and a few sunfish in Baker’s Bay, Mud Bay, and the Grassy Island area of Lake Washington. On Madison Lake, you’ll hook smaller crappies during the evening hours with minnows in the Buckmaster’s Bridge area. Sucker minnows and stinkbaits are producing catfish in the deep holes of the Minnesota River.
The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228


Crappies have started hitting during the evening hours along the shoreline of Peterson Slough. The Highway 75 dam area on the Minnesota River is producing catfish. Small minnows and bobbers are producing perch on the south end of Big Stone Lake, mainly along the shorelines. Bitter Lake and Waubay Lake on the South Dakota side are kicking out walleyes via jigs and minnows.
Bud’s Bait (320) 839-2480


Look for crappies and sunfish in the Starbuck Marina and Fish Hatchery Bay on Lake Minnewaska in five feet or less. Anglers fishing from shore on the east side of Lake Reno also are catching crappies, but mainly during the evening hours.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle              
(320) 239-2239


The lagoons and water tower area on Lake Tetonka are producing crappies and sunfish in less than five feet. Small hair jigs with waxies or minnows are working best. Nightcrawlers are producing bullheads for shore anglers on Lake Elysian and Twin Lake.
Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 362-4444


The cooler weather has slowed crappie action in most shallow locations that were producing fish. Once it warms again look to the bays and shorelines of Willmar/Foot Lake, Lake Solomon, the north end of Lake Andrew, and Dogfish Bay on Diamond Lake. These locations were all producing fish last week.
Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097

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