Water temperatures remain cool, resulting in limited panfish action – Southwest Report

FAIRMONT AREA

Look for perch to hit minnows in less than six feet at Iowa Lake and North Silver Lake. Budd Lake and Lake Sissiton continue to produce crappies in six to 10 feet via FluFlus and minnows. Look to Fox Lake with minnows in 12 to 14 feet for crappies and the occasional keeping-sized perch.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

ORTONVILLE AREA

The border walleye season started with mixed results on Big Stone Lake and those who did best were casting crankbaits or a jig and minnow in less than four feet. Better numbers of walleyes were taken from the middle to the north end of the lake around Sodak, Cameron’s, and Hiawatha. On the south end, the islands area gave up some walleyes and the south-end shorelines are holding plenty of white bass. Crappies continue to be caught during the evening hours at Peterson Slough from shore.
Bud’s Bait (320) 839-2480

STARBUCK AREA

Fish Hatchery Bay and the Starbuck Marina on Lake Minnewaska remain the best options for panfish. The bigger crappies seem to be more active with a couple days of nice weather, while anglers continue to sort through numbers of small sunfish.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle               (320) 239-2239

WILLMAR AREA

There hasn’t been a lot of people fishing, mainly because the weather hasn’t cooperated. With a string of nice days lakes such as Nest, Willmar/Foot, Games, and Diamond will be worth hitting in shallow water for crappies. There has been some decent turkey reports coming in from the first season that included quite a bit of turkey activity even if they didn’t shoot a bird.
Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports
(320) 235-4097

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