Southwest Minnesota Fishing Report – May 31st, 2013
Crappies and sunfish are hitting in six to eight feet on George Lake and Budd Lake. Bass anglers are finding fish in shallow water on most lakes and leeches or jigs and twisters are triggering walleyes on the shorelines at night on Hall Lake, Budd, and George.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225
Minnows continue to turn walleyes in five to 10 feet at Lake Hanska and in 12 to 16 feet on Lake Washington. Washington also is producing crappies and sunfish in six to 12 feet and local rivers such as the Blue Earth and Cottonwood are kicking out walleyes on minnows and jigs.
The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228
Walleye action continues to be consistent in eight to 10 feet with crankbaits and spinner rigs on the south end of Big Stone Lake. The Highway 75 dam and low flow area on the Minnesota River continue to produce walleyes and northern pike. Big Stone is giving up good-sized perch in shallow water, but crappie reports have been slow.
Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480
Lake Mary and Reno Lake are producing walleyes on minnows in less than 12 feet. Work Lake Emily with shallow-running crankbaits or the points and bars on Lake Minnewaska with Lindy rigs and minnows for walleyes. The Starbuck Marina and Fish Hatchery Bay on Minnewaska continue to give up panfish, while bass are hitting plastics in shallow water on most lakes.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239
Northern pike and walleyes are hitting minnows and Rapalas close to shore on Lake Sakatah, Cannon Lake, and Lake Tetonka. Panfish and bass action has been limited, but look shallow on most lakes.
Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 362-4444
Walleyes are hitting minnows in less than 10 feet on lakes Ringo, Norway, Long, Solomon, Big Kandi, Minnetoga, and Diamond. Bass and panfish continue to be found in less than eight feet on Nest Lake, Lake Florida, and the north ends of Eagle Lake and Lake Andrew.
Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports