Bluegills, crappies, and perch are being caught in four to 12 feet at Hall Lake and Budd Lake during the afternoon and early evening hours. Crawlers continue to produce catfish at Fox Lake and muskie anglers are raising fish on the points with bucktails and big plastics here. There’s more geese in the area than last week and duck hunters shot good numbers of teal on opening weekend.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225
Lake Hanska is kicking out perch and walleyes on minnows in eight to 10 feet. Hit Lake Washington in four to six feet for sunfish and Big Jefferson Lake for northern pike. The deep holes on the Minnesota and Blue Earth rivers continue to produce catfish. Duck hunting has been decent with strong reports coming from Swan Lake for teal, wood ducks, mallards, and geese. Most small potholes seem to be holding ducks as well.
The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228
The Rocky Ledge and Kramer’s Resort areas of Big Stone Lake are kicking out perch via minnows in 10 to 12 feet. Pitch jigs and plastics on the Minnesota River for northern pike and a few walleyes, while the rock piles on the middle to north end of Lake Traverse continue to produce bluegills. The duck opener was the best in many years based on most hunter accounts. Wood ducks, teal, and decent numbers of mallards were shot in the area. Goose numbers also are building in the region.
Bud’s Bait (320) 839-2480