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Outdoors

July 6, 2014

Fishing report

MANKATO AREA

Hit Lake Washington for panfish in six to 10 feet and for walleyes in 12 feet. Crankbaits or crawlers and spinners are producing a few walleyes on Big Jefferson Lake in 12 feet. High water continues to limit fishing options on area rivers.

FAIRMONT AREA

Crappies, sunfish, and bass are being caught in two to six feet at Hall Lake, Budd Lake, and Lake Sissiton. There’s an evening crappie bite for anglers fishing from shore on the north side of Amber Lake. Walleyes continue to hit crankbaits in eight to 12 feet on Hall and Budd during low-light periods.

WATERVILLE AREA

With high water and no-wake rules still in play, many anglers have turned to shore fishing and done well. Sunfish remain shallow and active on Lake Tetonka, Lake Sakatah, and Horseshoe Lake. You’ll also catch a few walleyes and northern pike from shore on these lakes with minnows or crankbaits.

LAKE MINNETONKA AREA

Look for bass and sunfish from the shoreline out to the inside weed edge on lakes Sarah, Independence, Minnetonka and Medicine. A few walleyes can be had on these lakes along the 12- to 15-foot weeds, an occasional muskie is seen on the weedlines of Minnetonka. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows under bobbers in the weeds in 12 to 14 feet of water.

ALEXANDRIA AREA

Spinner rigs tipped with crawlers or leeches are producing walleyes in 10 to 15 feet on Lake Mary and Reno Lake or on Lake Miltona and the Le Homme Dieu Chain in 16 to 20 feet. Plastics are turning bass on the established weedlines of most lakes, while crappies and sunfish are showing up on the weed flats of Le Homme Dieu, Lake Carlos, Lake Geneva and Lake Darling in eight to 12 feet.

LAKE MILLE LACS

East — Tubes or slip bobbers and leeches are producing numbers of smallmouth bass on the rock reefs and shoreline rocks. Walleye action has been best on the deep mud and gravel during the day with spinners and crawlers. In the evenings, crankbaits continue to turn walleyes in six to 12 feet of water. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in most bays in 10 to 16 feet.

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