Southwest Minnesota Fishing Report – May 25th, 2013

FAIRMONT AREA

Crappies and sunfish are set up under trees along the shorelines of lakes George, Sissiton, Budd, Hall, and Fox. Walleyes are being caught on minnows, leeches, and crankbaits in less than 12 feet on Hall and Budd, while North Silver Lake continues to produce perch in shallow water.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

MANKATO AREA

Lake Washington is giving up crappies in eight to 12 feet, sunfish in less than six feet, and walleyes are hitting minnows in 14 to 18 feet. The Cottonwood and Blue Earth rivers are producing walleyes via jigs and minnows, while the Minnesota River remains a safe bet for catfish. Hit Lake Hanska in four to 10 feet for walleyes with a jig and minnow or spinner rig tipped with minnows or crawlers.
The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228

ORTONVILLE AREA

Walleye action has been excellent on Big Stone Lake from Ortonville up to the Meadowbrook area. These fish are crushing spinners and crawlers or crankbaits in eight to 10 feet during the day or minnows and leeches during the evening hours along the shorelines. Big Stone also is kicking out pike, white bass, crappies, and perch in less than eight feet. There’s no shortage of largemouth bass near the island and shorelines of the lake.
Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480

STARBUCK AREA

Spinners and minnows are turning walleyes in six to 12 feet on Reno Lake and in 16 feet on Pelican Lake. On Lake Emily, shallow-running Shad Raps are producing walleyes in five feet. The Starbuck Marina and Fish Hatchery Bay on Lake Minnewaska have been on fire for crappies and sunfish in less than eight feet.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle              
(320) 239-2239

WATERVILLE AREA

Anglers are catching a mixed bag of fish including walleyes, pike, and white bass on the Cannon River. Pike also are hitting Rapalas and spoons in shallow water on Lake Sakatah. Horseshoe Lake and Sabre Lake have started giving up panfish and a few walleyes in less than six feet.
Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 362-4444
www.axelstacklebox.blogspot.com

WILLMAR AREA

Panfish are in the shallow bays of lakes Andrew, Florida, Diamond, and North Long by Hawick. Walleyes are being caught on minnows, leeches, and nightcrawlers in six to 10 feet at Norway Lake, Ringo Lake, Lake Solomon, Long Lake, and Lake Elizabeth.
Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097

Categories: MInnesota Fishing Reports, South West

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