Southwest Minnesota Fishing Report – April 5th, 2013

FAIRMONT AREA

The shorelines on most lakes are now pulled away too far to get on the ice. There has been some limited open-water fishing already taking place, but success has been poor. With any rain or warm weather this week, there’s a chance the ice could be completely gone in this area by the weekend.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

MANKATO AREA

The shorelines have started to pull away on most lakes so there hasn’t been much fishing action reported. Once you get on a lake there’s still plenty of ice, but the only reports worth noting are coming off Lake Washington and Madison Lake where a few crappies and sunfish are being caught in less than eight feet.
The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228

ORTONVILLE AREA

Perch continue to hit on Big Stone Lake in 10 to 12 feet throughout the day. Hit the Peninsula, Goose Island, and LaGunna Beach areas with spikes or small minnows and anglers are driving trucks to the spots being fished.
Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480

STARBUCK AREA

Trucks are being used on area lakes, but there is quite a bit of slush to deal with. The best bite this week has taken place on Lake Minnewaska, which is kicking out sunfish during the day and crappies in the evenings over 12 to 14 feet.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle              
(320) 239-2239

WILLMAR AREA

Fishing reports have been limited due to the lack of anglers going out. Those that are fishing are finding crappies and bluegills in less than 12 feet on several lakes including Diamond, Willmar/Foot, Andrew, Nest, and Green during the morning and evening hours.
Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097

Categories: MInnesota Fishing Reports, South West

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