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Southwest Minnesota Area fishing info
by Gary Holmgren

S.W. Minnesota Fishing Report:
  by Gary Holmgren

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Southwest Minnesota Fishing Hot
Spots
Anglers have plenty of lakes here in S.W. Minnesota to test their skills.

  The outlook on area lakes here look great for the 99 season. Here you will find information on some of the best lakes in S.W. Minnesota. These shallow prairie lakes produce some excellent fishing every year.

Be safe and have a great year on the water.
Gary Holmgren

Okabena Lake - Worthington
  Okabena lake covers 785 acres and has a shoreline length of five miles. The lake is located within Worthington city limits, and the majority of the surrounding shoreline is developed. Near shore ares are dominated by sand and rubble, and aquatic vegetation is limited.

  Considerable interest exists in improving water quality and fish habitat in Okabena Lake. In 1992, a clean water partnership was formed by the Okabena - Ocheda Watershed District, MNPCA , and the city of Worthington.

  In conjunction with the Southwest Minnesota Fishing Club, trees were installed in a shoal water area in the winter of 1992 - 93 to provide fish habitat.

  Okabena Lake is primarily managed for walleye and channel catfish, while providing secondary populations of black crappie and white crappie. Public access is provided in numerous ares of the lake. Boat ramps and parking is also available at several locations. Camp ground is located on the west side of the lake.

Lake Shetek - Currie
  Covering 3,808 acres, Lake Shetek is the largest lake in southwest Minnesota. The lake has a shoreline length of 31.7 miles and a maximum depth of 10 feet.

  The immediate shoreline is covered primarily by woodland areas, and the majority of the watershed is cultivated. Shoal water areas are dominated by sand and gravel substrate. As with most lakes in the area, aquatic vegetation is considered sparse.

  Lake Shetek is managed primarily for walleye, while providing secondary populations of yellow perch and black crappie. Many public access locations, and state park. There are also a few other lakes within a few minutes of Lake Shetek.

Talcot Lake - Dundee
  Talcot Lake is part of a state - owned wild life refuge and management area. The lake covers 678 acres and is approximately two miles long.

  The Des Moines River enters and exits the lake through a large marsh on the north side. The bottom substrate is predominantly sand and submerged vegetation is limited.

  The lake is managed primarily for walleye, Northern pike, black crappie, yellow perch. Many large walleyes taken yearly out of Talcot.

Round Lake - Round Lake
  Round Lake is a shallow prairie lake located 2.5 miles northeast of the city of Round Lake.

  The lake management plan indicates walleye as the primary species of management with yellow perch and black crappie as secondary species. During the winter of 1995 - 96, an artificial walleye spawning reef was constructed near the south shore.

  Based on information collected during the summer of 1997, the walleye population is still in good shape. Walleye ranged from 11 to nearly 28 inches and averaged 19 inches. Although walleye numbers appear to be down from the 1994 sample, fishing should still be good. Public access good, boat ramps, camping and store located around the lake.

Loon Lake - Jackson
  Loon Lake is a 700 acre lake near the Iowa border. The lake has a maximum depth of about seven feet and is connected to Big Spirit Lake in Iowa.

  Loon Lake is managed for walleye as the primary species, whereas yellow perch and northern pike are managed as secondary species.   Walleye abundance is above average compared to lakes similar to Loon. The average weight of walleye sampled during the 1997 population assessment was just more than one pound. Walleye lengths range from 7.5 to 26.5 inches and averaged about 16.5 inches.

  Natural reproduction of walleye was documented in 1994 and 1996.

West Graham - Kinbrae
  The walleye population is considered normal compared to lake similar to West Graham.   However, it appears heavy fishing pressure may have decreased the population of larger fish in West Graham. A fair number of walleye more than 14 inches still inhabit the lake, but the numbers are down.

  The black crappie population is average compared to similar lakes in the area, while yellow perch population is on the rise. Others include channel catfish, bluegill, northern pike, white crappie and hybrid sunfish.

East Graham - Kinbrae
  The northern pike population is considered normal compared to lakes similar to East Graham. Northern pike lengths ranged from 15 to 30 inches, with the average length around 21 inches. The average weight of the northern pike was about two pounds.

  East Graham has a very impressive black crappie population. The number of black crappie is three times higher than what the DNR would consider a normal population. Other fish include yellow perch and yellow and black bullhead.

Double Lake - Storden
  Double Lake consists of two basins of similar size that are intermittently connected by a six - foot culvert. The deepest spot in this 246 acre lake is approximately nine feet. The lake bottom is dominated by sand areas, and aquatic vegetation is limited. The lake is managed primarily for walleye.

  Walleye numbers are considered high compared to similar lakes in the area. Walleye range in length from 9 to almost 27 inches, with an average length of 15 inches. Other fish include yellow perch, black crappie, black bullheads.

Lake Benton - Lake Benton
  Lake Benton, which covers 2,857 acres, is one of the largest lakes in the area.

  The lake has a shoreline length of 18.1 miles and a maximum depth of nine feet. The surrounding watershed is dominated by agricultural lands and the immediate shoreline is fringed with hardwoods.

  More than 100 homes and cottages that are predominantly located along the south shore border of Lake Benton. Gravel, sand, and rubble substrates dominate shoal water areas.

  Lake Benton is managed primarily for walleye and secondarily for northern pike and black crappie. Walleye numbers are considered high compared to similar lakes in the area. Walleye range in length from 9 to almost 28 inches, with an average of approximately 17 inches. The population is comprised mainly of larger fish, with many reaching preferred length greater than 20 inches. Public access and ramps around lake. Camping available around lake and in county park area.

Southwest Minnesota Hot Spots:
August 17, 1999
Lake Benton is still the place to go for walleys. Few other lakes are giving up some walleyes, but ya will have to work for them. I will up date this report on the 22nd and try to find out some more information.
Gary
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