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Southwest Minnesota Fishing Report – January 16th, 2015

FAIRMONT AREA

Walleyes and crappies have started hitting on Fox Lake in 15 to 20 feet, while the north side of Lake Sissiton is producing bluegills in 11 to 14 feet. Crappies, perch and walleyes are coming off Hall Lake in 15 to 20 feet, Budd Lake is producing panfish in 15 to 18 feet, and Amber Lake is giving up crappies in 11 to 13 feet. 

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

MANKATO AREA

Crappies and sunfish are hitting in 18 to 24 feet off Second and Third points at Lake Washington. The narrows on Madison Lake are giving up crappies in 14 to 16 feet, and a few walleyes can be had on German Lake in 18 feet during low-light periods.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228

ORTONVILLE AREA

Perch have bit best during the mornings from Rocky Ledge to Shady Beach in 12 to 14 feet on Big Stone Lake. A few walleyes can be had from Kramers’ Landing to Hartford Beach on Big Stone in 12 feet as well. The rock piles on Lake Traverse started giving up walleyes and bluegills, while Lac qui Parle Lake continues to produce a few crappies. Northern pike can be had in the Odessa area of the Minnesota River with sucker minnows.   

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480 

STARBUCK AREA

Some walleyes continue to hit in the evenings on Lake Minnewaska in 14 to 18 feet, while the Glenwood end of Minnewaska is producing northern pike and crappies during the day in 12 to 14 feet. On Lake Reno, shiner minnows are turning walleyes in 16 to 18 feet and crappies are being caught on the east side in 8 to 10 feet.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle               (320) 239-2239

WILLMAR AREA

You’ll find walleyes and suspended sunfish on the northwest and northeast corners of Green Lake over 30 feet. Diamond Lake is producing panfish and some walleyes in 18 to 20 feet, while crappies and walleyes can be had on Willmar/Foot Lake in 18 to 22 feet. Hit Norway Lake and Eagle Lake for crappies in 15 to 20 feet during the evening hours.

Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports

(320) 235-4097

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