Southwest Minnesota Fishing Report – July 19th, 2013

FAIRMONT AREA

Look for crappies around the aerators at Budd Lake or on the rock piles of Hall Lake. Work the weedlines of George Lake and Lake Sissiton for bluegills. There’s consistent catfish action along the shorelines of most lakes during the evening hours. Bass fishing also has been good on the weedlines of most lakes.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

MANKATO AREA

Catfish are hitting sucker minnows in the  deep holes of the Minnesota and Blue Earth rivers. There’s an evening walleye bite with shallow-running crankbaits at Lura Lake and Lake Washington continues to produce crappies in 15 feet and sunfish in six to nine feet of water.
The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228

ORTONVILLE AREA

Anglers are reporting the best July bite they’ve experienced in many years on Big Stone Lake. Limits of walleyes have come easy by casting shallow-running crankbaits along the shoreline from Mallard Point to the Bonanza area. On the south end, limits of perch and good-sized bluegills are being caught around the islands in nine feet throughout the day.
Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480

STARBUCK AREA

Spinners with leeches or nightcrawlers are producing walleyes on Lake Minnewaska in 14 to 19 feet. Minnewaska also is giving up sunfish and bass in six to 10 feet and crappies over 12 to 15 feet. Hit Reno Lake with spinners and crawlers for walleyes over 12 to 15 feet or small jigs and minnows for crappies.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle              
(320) 239-2239

WATERVILLE AREA

Northern pike are hitting spoon plugs in nine to 15 feet on Lake Tetonka and Lake Sakatah. The narrows on Madison Lake are providing steady crappie action, while sunfish are hitting in 10 to 14 feet on most lakes.
Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 362-4444
www.axelstacklebox.blogspot.com

WILLMAR AREA

Walleyes can be had on live-bait rigs and crawlers in 25 to 35 feet during the day or at night with crankbaits in less than 12 feet at Green Lake. The milfoil beds on Green are giving up panfish and bass as well. Live-bait rigs and crawlers are producing some walleyes in 15 to 25 feet at lakes Andrew, Diamond, Nest, and Eagle. The weedlines on these lakes are safe bets for bass, pike, and panfish as well.
Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097

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