Wind, rain, and lower temps limit panfish action in most areas – Southwest Report

FAIRMONT AREA

A white or chartreuse FluFlu and minnow is producing crappies in eight to 12 feet at Budd Lake and Lake Sissiton. You’ll also find crappies and some good-sized perch at Fox Lake in 12 to 14 feet. Minnows are triggering perch in three to six feet at North Silver Lake and Iowa Lake.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

MANKATO AREA

Not much has changed other than the weather has slowed fishing pressure a bit. Baker’s Bay and Mud Bay on Lake Washington produce panfish when the weather is nice. The Buckmaster’s Bridge area of Madison Lake also produces crappies when the weather warms during the afternoon hours. Recent rains have improved water levels a bit on the Minnesota River and the deeper holes within it continue to produce catfish – primarily with sucker minnows.
The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228

ORTONVILLE AREA

The cool weather early in the week has limited panfish action. The only report worth noting is coming off Peterson’s Slough, where shore anglers are catching crappies and perch with minnows. This weekend’s border opener looks promising on lakes such as Big Stone and Traverse. Look for the fish to be shallow, in two to four feet, and shoreline related. Water temperatures should be in the mid- to upper 40-degree range so a jig and minnow is expected produce the majority of fish.
Bud’s Bait (320) 839-2480

STARBUCK AREA

Crappies continue to be found in the Starbuck Marina of Lake Minnewaska, but the bite hasn’t been as good since the cool weather arrived early in the week. You’ll also hit a few crappies on the Glenwood end of Minnewaska near the Lakeside Ballroom and in Fish Hatchery Bay.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239

WATERVILLE AREA

Inconsistent weather has limited angling pressure and the panfish bite. The only spots worth noting for crappies and sunfish continue to come off Lake Tetonka. The lagoon and water tower area are both giving up fish via small leeches or waxworms in three to five feet.
Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 362-4444

WILLMAR AREA

Fishing pressure has been minimal with recent rain and cool weather. The few crappies being found are coming from 10 to 15 feet with no shallow-water action reported. A few days of warm weather could change that with lakes such as Andrew, Willmar/Foot, Games, Nest, and Diamond worth noting once the water warms a bit.
Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097

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