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Southwest Minnesota Fishing Report – October 31st, 2014


Crankbaits or minnows are turning walleyes during the evening in 6 to 8 feet on Hall Lake, Budd Lake, and Lake Sissiton. Look for crappies and sunfish in 4 to 6 feet on Budd and Sissiton, while jigs and plastics are producing a few walleyes on the Blue Earth River. A blast of cool air is needed to push new ducks into the area. 

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225


Look to Madison Lake for crappies in 12 to 14 feet and to the Grassy Island area of Lake Washington for sunfish. Minnows are producing walleyes at German Lake in 12 feet and off Second Point at Washington. You’ll catch walleyes on minnows in area rivers. A few more pheasants are being seen as the corn comes out.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228


On Big Stone Lake, minnows are producing walleyes along the shorelines during the evening and perch on the south end in 5 feet. Anglers fishing from shore at Botker’s Slough continue to catch walleyes and crappies. The corn is almost completely harvested and pheasant hunting has improved as a result.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480 


A jig and minnow is producing walleyes on the points of Lake Minnewaska in 14 to 16 feet. Pheasant hunters are seeing more birds now that the corn is coming out, but waterfowl hunting success has been poor.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239


Fishing pressure has been light, but walleyes can be had on Green Lake with minnows in 25 to 35 feet. There’s also shore fishing opportunities for crappies, sunfish, bass, and a few walleyes at Willmar/Foot Lake and Norway Lake. Look for pheasant hunting to improve as the corn comes out. Duck numbers have not changed, but the cold weather could start pushing new birds in.

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


Anglers fishing from shore on the north end of Rock Lake are catching walleyes. You can also catch walleyes and pike from shore below the dam on Lake Lac qui Parle. Pheasant hunters are shooting birds and optimism sounds better for a good pheasant year. 

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880

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