Southwest Minnesota Fishing Report – June 22nd, 2012

FAIRMONT AREA

Walleyes are hitting leeches or crankbaits in eight to 15 feet at lakes Sissiton, Hall, and Budd. Crankbaits or jigs and Twisters continue to turn walleyes at Tuttle Lake in less than six feet. Panfish action remains strong in five to 12 feet on Budd, Hall, Sissiton, and George Lake. Muskie reports have been limited this week.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

MANKATO AREA

Look for sunfish in four to eight feet and crappies in 10 feet near Second Point on Lake Washington. Walleyes are being pulled from the weeds on Washington and with a jig and minnow or crankbait on the southeast side of Lake Hanska in six feet. The Minnesota River is producing catfish and walleyes via minnows, while German Lake is a safe bet for crappies in eight to 10 feet.
The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228

ORTONVILLE AREA

Walleyes are hitting spinners and crawlers in eight to 10 feet around the south-end islands, Mallard Point, and Elk Farm areas on Big Stone Lake. A small jig and crawler is producing perch in eight to 11 feet and bluegills in six feet on Big Stone as well. Northern pike continue to hit spoons on the Minnesota River and a few walleyes and pike are being caught with crankbaits on Lake Lac qui Parle.
Bud’s Bait (320) 839-2480

STARBUCK AREA

Walleyes are hitting crankbaits in six feet or leeches and spinners in 20 feet on Lake Minnewaska. You’ll find sunfish and northern pike in the weeds and bass in the bulrushes of Minnewaska as well. On the east side of Lake Reno leeches and spinners are producing walleyes, while the west side is giving up sunfish.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle               (320) 239-2239

WATERVILLE AREA

Sucker minnows under bobbers are turning northern pike in the shallow weeds of Lake Sakatah. A few muskies have been caught on Lake Tetonka, while the six- to eight- foot weeds of both lakes are producing sunfish. Bass also seem active on most lakes with the bigger fish hitting live bait or spinner baits.
Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 362-4444

WILLMAR AREA

Crankbaits are producing walleyes during low-light periods in 10 to 15 feet as are leeches during the day in 25 to 30 feet at Green Lake. Spinner rigs and crawlers are the ticket for walleyes at Diamond Lake and Eagle Lake in 10 to 20 feet. Look for panfish in 10 to 12 feet on lakes Calhoun, Florida, Andrew, Games, North Long, and Diamond. Bass are hitting spinnerbaits on most lakes, while northern pike are an easy catch with minnows on the weedlines of Nest Lake, Florida, and Green.
Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports
(320) 235-4097

Categories: MInnesota Fishing Reports, South West

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