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Hot Bite in SW Minnesota??


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I plan on taking a couple of friends out fishing next weekend and I was looking for a hot lake in southwest MN. Has anyone been out? Looking for walleyes or pikes but panfish would be good too.I live in Hendricks and our lake has been pretty slow lately.

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I suggest the chain of lakes in Fairmont.

Fairmont has seveal execelent parks. A nice free map is avaible online, search for Martin county website click on link for a county park map. each of the five lakes in town are conected with a short river channel lined with rocks and/or sand. The water flows to the North that seems kinda weird to me .The fairmont area is usually windy. I havent been there this fall but I caught and realesed a 29" 8lb eye at the channel mouth of Budd Lake, only 3 feet from shore with a lighted bobber. The lakes dont get a lot of fishing pressure, too far from the twin cities , and there are alor of other execelent Lakes in Martim county just outside of fairmont, thus helping lower the fishing pressure in town. Usually I'm the omly one fishing from shore after dark.The Hall and Budd lake channrls are mu davorite spots, But large fish are caoght often near any inlet or outlet in the fairmont chain. theres only one bait store in Fairmont that I Know of, I think its name is "Master bait and tackle "or mabe its Master tackle and bait. grin.giftongue.gif Good luck wherever you decide to fish. I almost forgot to mention that every lake in fairmont has atleast 2 public parks and a public boat launch some have a fishing pier . the public water treatment alows fishermen to shore fish (execelent spot on the east side of Budd Lake) and the power plant on George Lakess South shore allows fishing. a small dam on amber lake keeps rough fish out and eyes in (Amber had the most walleyes stocked in 2003. smirk.gif

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This may be a little late for your trip, but I heard from a second hand source that walleyes are being caught on Lake Sarah after dark. Fishing is supposedly picking up after 8pm.

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Could you tell me anymore info on the walleyes biting on sarah? I know that they have been pulling huge pearch out of there for the last two weeks now. I have tried some late night fighing with chubs and had no success. Just curious if you know more info. Your help would be appreciated!

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I don't have any other info on the walleye bite. I just overheard some guys talking about catching walleyes up there and they were saying the bite was after 8pm.

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Anyone fishing in the St. James or Windom area? Haven't heard any reports, will be in Mt. lake over Thanksgiving. How about Mt. Lake, with the stocking thats been done? I haven't heard any fall reports for a long time, in this area.

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I think everyone is getting ready for the hard water season. A few small lakes around were froze over until the wind this past Wednesday opened things up and pushed the ice against the south shores and created slush. We need more cold and less wind to get a good freeze started. I can feel it is going to be a good year on the ice. I plan on fishing the second weekend in Dec. in the Ruthton area. Yea gotta have a plan.

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