Southwest Minnesota Fishing Report – July 26th, 2013

MANKATO AREA

Anglers are catching suspended walleyes over 19 feet with crankbaits on Lake Washington. A minnow is producing walleyes on the small rivers throughout the area and Lura Lake is giving up a few walleyes during the evening hours in shallow water. Catfish continue to hit sucker minnows in the Blue Earth and Minnesota rivers. Washington also is giving up crappies in 15 feet and sunfish in six to nine feet.
The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228

ORTONVILLE AREA

Look for perch in 10 to 12 feet of water from LaGunna Beach to Schmidt’s Landing, up to Rocky Ledge on Big Stone Lake. The islands area of Big Stone continues to produce a few bluegills and the north end is giving up walleyes via crankbaits in 12 feet from Hartford Beach to the Elk Farm. Anglers fishing below the Odessa Dam on the Minnesota River are catching catfish.
Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480

STARBUCK AREA

Sunfish action picked up around the points of Lake Minnewaska in 12 to 13 feet. Walleyes are hitting a spinner rig tipped with crawlers or leeches in 15 to 19 feet on Minnewaska, while bass and pike remain an easy catch throughout the lake.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239

WILLMAR AREA

Sunfish continue to be found on the six- to 12-foot weedlines of Eagle Lake, Nest Lake, Lake Andrew, and Diamond Lake. Crawlers and leeches are turning walleyes during low-light periods at Green Lake in 25 feet or deeper. Bass and northern pike reports have slowed, with the best bet for bigger fish being the deep weedlines of most lakes.
Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports
(320) 235-4097

FAIRMONT AREA

Bluegills are hitting waxworms in three to six feet in the channels between Hall, Budd, and Sissiton lakes. Crappies are suspended over nine to 15 feet on Hall and Budd. Look for catfish and walleyes along the shorelines during the evening hours on Hall and Budd.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

Categories: MInnesota Fishing Reports, South West

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