A jig and minnow is turning walleyes on the eddies and deep pockets of the Blue Earth River and a few catfish continue to hit on the Mississippi River, but the bite has been less consistent. Lake Washington is worth noting for panfish in 10 to 12 feet.
The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228
Crankbaits are turning walleyes in 10 to 12 feet on the north end of Big Stone Lake from Sodak up to the Elk Farm. The Manhatten Reef and Rocky Ledge areas of Big Stone are producing perch in 12 to 14 feet. Hit the Minnesota River for catfish and anglers fishing from shore on Botker’s Slough are catching crappies.
Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480
If you move around the 12- foot weedlines of Lake Minnewaska you’ll find schools of sunfish. Stick close to the 14- foot weedlines on Minnewaska with a crawler and spinner for walleyes. Lake Mary is producing crappies in 15 feet, as is the west side of Lake Reno. Goose hunting reports have been limited during the August season.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239
The swimming beach area of Lake Tetonka is giving up northern pike and sunfish in 10 feet. Look to the west end of Lake Francis for sunfish in 8 to 10 feet.
Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 362-4444
The weedlines on Eagle Lake and Diamond Lake are giving up a few walleyes and sunfish. On Green Lake, crankbaits, minnows and crawlers are producing walleyes in 25 to 35 feet. The weedlines on lakes such as Norway, Willmar/Foot, Andrew and Games are worth hitting for panfish and bass.
Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097
Trolling crankbaits in 4 to 8 feet has produced walleyes on Lake Shetak. Northern pike reports have been poor, but most small ponds are giving up panfish.
Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880