Southwest Minnesota Fishing Report – November 23rd, 2012

FAIRMONT AREA

Anglers fishing from shore on Tuttle Lake are catching walleyes with a split shot, plain hook, and minnow. Iowa Lake is producing perch in less than five feet. Look to Budd Lake and Lake Sissiton for crappies in less than eight feet. Duck hunters are reporting the most mallards they’ve seen in this area in several years, but diver numbers are limited and there are some geese in the mix.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

MANKATO AREA

A few anglers continue to fish open water with Lake Hanska producing walleyes via minnows in less than six feet. With most lakes and ponds still ice-free waterfowl hunters continue to do well shooting mallards, geese, and a few divers.
The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228

ORTONVILLE AREA

The limited ice that had formed melted away, which has allowed ducks and geese to stay in the area a bit longer. Hunters are reporting good numbers of mallards, divers, and geese with most shooting a mixed bag of ducks. Pheasant hunters also are reporting good success – there seems to be some birds to be had in this region.
Bud’s Bait (320) 839-2480

STARBUCK AREA

There was some shoreline ice taking hold last week, but it has melted and that’s allowed anglers to continue fishing from boats. Lake Minnewaska is producing walleyes on jigs and minnows in 12 to 14 feet, while Lake Reno is kicking out walleyes via crankbaits in eight to 10 feet. Hunting reports have been limited with a few pheasant hunters finding limited success.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle               (320) 239-2239

WILLMAR AREA

The north end of Hultgren’s Bar on Green Lake is producing walleyes in 50 to 80 feet via shiner minnows. Minnows also are turning walleyes on Lake Florida and Eagle Lake in 15 to 25 feet of water. There are ducks around, including divers, but there hasn’t been many people chasing them. Pheasant hunting reports have been limited as well.
Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097

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