Southwest Minnesota Fishing Report – March 1st, 2013
Bluegills and crappies are hitting on Budd Lake in 17 feet and on Lake Sissiton in 14 feet during the morning and evening hours. Look to Hall Lake with minnows for crappies and perch in 20 feet.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225
The northwest end of Lake Hanska is worth noting for crappies in six feet during the morning and evening hours. Work Baker’s Bay on Lake Washington for sunfish in six to eight feet and for crappies in 23 to 25 feet. Sunfish also can be had on St. James Lake in six feet.
The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228
Perch fishing continues to be good with anglers reporting 20- to 60-fish days on Big Stone Lake. Better areas are from the Peninsula to Laguna Beach in 13 feet with spikes or small minnows. The walleye season remains open through Feb. 28 on Big Stone so look to the Hartford Beach and north end of the lake for them in six feet or less during low-light periods.
Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480
A few more crappies are being found in front of the Fish Hatchery on Lake Minnewaska in 12 to 15 feet during the evening hours. Little Mary Lake is kicking out sunfish in six to eight feet and you will find a few good-sized sunfish on the Glenwood end of Minnewaska in 12 to 14 feet.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239
Diamond Lake is giving up perch and crappies in 20 feet, while anglers are finding suspended crappies over 20 to 30 feet on Norway/Games Lake and Willmar/Foot Lake. On lakes Florida, Andrew, and Nest crappies and sunfish are being pulled from 12 to 15 feet with more consistent crappie action over the deeper holes where they are suspended. Hit Big Kandi Lake for perch in less than 10 feet.
Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097