Southwest Minnesota Fishing Report – August 1st, 2014


Walleye action has picked up with spinners and crawlers in 4 to 8 feet at Hall Lake and Budd Lake. Panfish also remain shallow, 3 to 6 feet, on Hall, Budd, Lake Sissiton, and George Lake. A few muskies have been caught via trolling on Fox Lake and bass fishing remains consistent in the deep weeds here.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225


Sucker minnows are triggering catfish on the Blue Earth and Minnesota rivers. On Lake Washington, walleyes, crappies and sunfish are all being caught in 10 to 12 feet. A few walleyes and numbers of bass are hitting leeches or crankbaits on Big Jefferson Lake in 12 to 16 feet.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228


Perch are hitting consistently and you’ll find a few walleyes and bluegills mixed in  with them on Big Stone Lake. The best reports are coming from Manhattan Island, Schmidt’s Landing, and Rocky Ledge in 12 to 14 feet. Crawlers are producing catfish in the Odessa area of the Minnesota River and you’ll find northern pike below the dam. Anglers fishing from shore at Botker’s Slough are catching crappies. 

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480


Spinners and crawlers are producing walleyes on the inside weed edge in 7 to 9 feet or the outside weed edge in 12 to 15 feet on Lake Minnewaska. Work the High School Bar on Minnewaska in 12 feet for sunfish. Minnows and tube jigs are producing crappies on the 15- foot weedline of Pocket Lake.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle               (320) 239-2239


Spoons and spinnerbaits are producing northern pike in 14 to 16 feet on Lake Sakatah. On Lake Tetonka, panfish and northern pike are biting in 8 to 12 feet and a few walleyes can be had off Best Point in 10 to 12 feet. Hit Lake Francis for crappies and bluegills in 12 to 20 feet.

Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 362-4444


Green Lake continues to produce walleyes on leeches or crawlers in 25 to 35 feet. A few walleyes also can be had during the evening hours on the weedlines of Diamond Lake and Eagle Lake, but finding a consistent walleye bite has been tough. Bass and northern pike continue to hit on the weedlines of most lakes, while North Long Lake by Hawick, Games Lake, Elkhorn Lake and Lake Florida are giving up panfish in 6 to 12 feet. 

Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports 

(320) 235-4097


Fast-moving crankbaits trolled in six feet has triggered walleyes on Lake Shetak and Lake Benton. Look for rainbow trout to hit Rooster Tails or Mepps spinners on the Redwood River, and crankbaits have produced some big bass at Benton in 4 to 6 feet.

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880


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