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Southwest Minnesota Fishing Report – July 20th, 2012

FAIRMONT AREA

Shaded areas like overhanging trees and docks are holding bluegills on lakes Hall, Budd, and Sissiton. Look for crappies around the aerators at Budd or on the deep rock piles of Hall. North Silver Lake is giving up perch in four feet and walleye action is slow.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

MANKATO AREA

Walleyes are hitting a jig and minnow on the Blue Earth River, while bullheads and sucker minnows are producing good-sized flatheads on the Minnesota River. Spinners and crawlers are producing walleyes in less than six feet at Lake Hanska. German Lake is kicking out crappies in 10 feet, while Baker’s Bay on Lake Washington is a safe bet for sunfish in seven to nine feet.
The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228

ORTONVILLE AREA

Perch action is strong in 12 feet in the Manhattan Reef, LaGunna Beach, and Rocky Ledge areas of Big Stone Lake. Spinners and crawlers or crankbaits will turn walleyes in the Rocky Ledge area as well. Northern pike are hitting spoons at the Highway 75 dam on the Minnesota River and Lake Oliver is kicking out walleyes via crankbaits in 15 to 18 feet.
Bud’s Bait (320) 839-2480

STARBUCK AREA

Spinners and leeches or crawlers as well as crankbaits are turning walleyes on Lake Reno and Lake Minnewaska in nine to 12 feet. Sunfish action has been best on Minnewaska in 12 feet from the Starbuck Marina to Starbuck Beach. Crankbaits and spinnerbaits are producing bass and pike on the shallow weedlines of Minnewaska.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239

WATERVILLE AREA

Walleye and northern pike reports have been limited, but sunfish are hitting in 10 to 12 feet on Lake Tetonka and Lake Sakatah. Crappies also remain active on Lake Francis in 12 feet early and late in the day.
Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 362-4444

WILLMAR AREA

Walleyes are hitting Shad Raps  during low-light periods in 10 to 15 feet at Eagle Lake, Green Lake, and Diamond Lake. The 10- to 15-foot weedlines on lakes Florida, Diamond, Andrew, and North Long are holding bluegills and a few crappies.
Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097

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