Southwest Minnesota Fishing Report – July 11th, 2014


Panfish and bass are active in less than 6 feet on lakes Sissiton, Budd, and Hall. The north shore of Amber Lake is producing crappies early and late and crankbaits are the best option for walleyes in 6 to 12 feet on Hall and Budd during low-light periods. Catfish action is good on most lakes in shallow water.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225


High water persists on most rivers and lakes, though no-wake restrictions were lifted on most lakes earlier this week. There have been a few walleyes caught Washington Lake on crankbaits in 12 feet along the weedlines.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228


The bite has been decent for perch, bluegills, and walleyes at Big Stone Lake. The perch have been caught in 10 to 12 feet, while bluegills and walleyes have been found along the weed edges in 7 to 9 feet on crawlers.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480 


Walleye action is slow, with the exception of Minnewaska and Reno lakes, where they have hit minnows and leeches on spinners in 12 to 15 feet. Sunfish are biting in 12 feet of water with small leeches on Minnewaska, and bass anglers have had luck on weed edges with plastic worms or spinnerbaits.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle               

(320) 239-2239


Fishing is slow because of high water and no-wake restrictions. The few that have gotten out have caught walleyes, pike, and sunfish. Walleye have been taking leeches and crawlers on Tetonka Lake. Sunfish have been biting on waxworms in shallow water.

Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 362-4444


Walleyes are moving to their summer locations on Green Lake – bars and flats. Several lakes are still high, but going down. Diamond Lake has been putting out walleyes consistently on the weedlines in 15 to 20 feet. Elsewhere, walleye fishing has been spotty. Sunfish fishing has been consistent on most lakes shallow or out near the weedlines. Bass and pike action has been hot in most lakes.

Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097


The water is warm and the fishing has slowed down. In the shallow lakes, the best action has been trolling crankbaits or fishing early or late for walleyes.

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880



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