Fishing Reports

 

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UPDATED: July 19, 2016 

Weather Forecast:

Weather for the 7 day forecast is as follows:  Temperatures this week will be hot, hot, hot! Highs through Friday will be in the upper 90’s with humidity over 50%. Please make sure you stay well hydrated if you need to be outside. Saturday brings lower temperatures of the mid to upper 80’s. Lows at night will be in the 60’s. Variable winds will blow about 15 mph throughout the week. Best chance of rain the next 7 days will be on Saturday with a 60% chance of thunderstorms in the evening.

Please check www.weather.com for more details.


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Clark Area:  Dry Lake (Willow Lake), Dry Lake (Clark), Indian Springs
(Courtesy of Cyrus Mahmoodi at Double P Ranch Lodge, 651-357-2764, www.doublepranch.com)
(Make Double P Ranch your fishing headquarters only minutes away from the hot action.  We have boat rental and guided fishing.)

July 19, 2016: 
Dry Lake (Clark):  No report to give.
Dry Lake (Willow Lake):  Continues to produce limits of good walleyes in the evenings and early mornings as they transition to and from the shallow weed beds.  Perch are present in the mix, but not in huge numbers.  Crawlers or minnows under a slip bobber is the easiest way place baits into holes in the weeds.   
Antelope Lake:  has been hot on some days, and slow on others depending what the weather is doing.  On productive days, the bite has been constant with some big walleyes in the mix.

Waubay Lakes, Horseshoe Lake, Antelope Lake, & Pickerel Lake areas:
(Courtesy of Doug Johnson at Sportsman's Cove, 605-345-2468)
(Sportsman's Cabin available for up to 7 people. For rental information call 605-380-7590.)

July 19, 2016:  Bitter Lake did very well again with boaters using the SE access.  Average walleye is about 15'16 inch but good quality.  Waubay had league night on Monday and the typical walleye there is also about 14'16 inches.  Also seeing a few perch there.  Enemy Swim has been producing the bluegill still, mostly in the deep waters of upper teens to low 20's.  Few fishermen on Opitz this weekend.

Hidden Hill Lodge:
(Courtesy of Lorrie Sanderson at Hidden Hill Lodge, 605-550-0455, www.hiddenhilllodge.com)

July 18, 2016:  The bite continues as the muchneeded rain puts more water into area lakes and sloughs.  Fisherman have been catching nice walleyes at various lakes and sloughs in the area.  Crappies have slowed a little but the bluegills bite is still strong.  Northerns are also very active.  This week's tip:  If you find them, be patient and stay there because they are not Asian Carp and going to jump into your boat.

Bitter Lake:
(Courtesy of Colin Bronson at Bitter Lake Lodge, 605-947-5005) 

July 18, 2016:  Fishing has still been good.  Several limits of walleyes have been reported.  Some northerns have been caught as well.

Lynn Lake Lodge
(Courtesy of Paul and Karen Johnson at Lynn Lake Lodge, Webster, 605-345-4564 or 605-237-0309, www.lynnlakelodge.com)
(Someone may have gotten lucky...check out our photos on Lynn Lake Lodge's Facebook page.  The photos tell it all.  Check it out!  Have a great week.)

July 18, 2016:  1.78 inches of rain this week, helping to bring the lake levels up a bit.  Walleye bite is fair morning and evening on Lynn.  More smaller walleyes now.  Nice blue gills off Enemy Swim this weekend.  As always, check our Facebook page for photos of this last week's catch.

Lake Traverse, MN
(Courtesy of Todd Johnson at Wing N Fin Resort, Hotel and Reunion Hall on Lake Traverse, 605-237-8323, www.wingnfintraverse.com, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

July 12, 2016:  Continued excellent fishing!  Recent heavy rains have improved summer water quality and fishing!  Spinners and jigs are still the best presentation for walleye.  Bare red hook and crawlers is best presentation for bass and bluegill.  Northerns and catfish are also biting. 

Grenville Sport Mart
(Courtesy of Grenville Sport Mart and Waubay Lake Lodging, 1-605-486-4641.)  We have house rentals available.

July 12, 2016:  Fishing on Waubay has been good lately!  Good quality Walleye most 16"-19" and the Bluegills are huge!!  Silver bass have slowed down and moved to the deeper waters, and still some small mouth being caught.

Waubay Lake:
(Courtesy of Cory Ewing at Waubay Lake Guide Service, 605-929-3894, www.waubaylakeguideservice.com, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

July 11, 2016:  The walleye bite has been non-stop so far this open water season and so far, July has been no exception.  We are catching walleyes on all area lakes around Webster and Waubay, SD.  The bite seems to still be best in 8 to 12 foot of water and live bait is definitely working better than anything else, crawlers, leaches, or minnows take your pick as long as it's live.  Mornings and evenings are definitely key during this warm weather period of the season.  We do have a few openins yet in July through September.  If you're interested in availability get in touch with me at the contact info. above. 

Northeast South Dakota
(Courtesy of Gary and Scott Gangle at Fish Hunter Guide Service, 605-448-5751 or 605-881-3854, www.fishhunterguideservice.com)
(Check out the fishing report on our website or our facebook page)

July 10, 2016:  The panfish bite has been absolutely outstanding all spring and into this summer.  Lots of crappie and bluegills, with great quality.  The walleye bite continues to be good.  This past weekend we were still catching lots of nice walleyes (18"-19") class.  The water temp. has been about 73-75 degrees.  The smallmouth bite has been a little tougher, but there are lots of 17-18 inch fish available.

Lake Poinsett, Lake Whitewood, Brush Lake area:
(Courtesy of Deb Wingle at Arlington Inn, Arlington, 605-983-4609, www.arlingtoninn.net)

July 5, 2016:  Not much to report this week.  Most of the people that were fishing this weekend caught fish, however they were smaller ones and had to be thrown back.


Bitter Lake, Blue Dog Lake & Waubay Lake area
(Courtesy of Gary W. Peterson at Circle Pines Motel, 877-324-5161, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

June 15, 2016:  No report.





81 Ponds: Walleyes fair, perch fair.  Weeds are thicker this year.  Slip bobbers working.

Big Stone Lake:
Walleyes fair, perch fair.  Some limits of Perch caught...off rocky points.

Bitter Lake: Walleyes good, perch slow.  Lots of fishing pressure & limits of under 15" eyes.

Blue Dog Lake:
Walleyes fair.

Casey's Slough:
Walleyes slow.

Dry Lake #1 (Clark):
Walleyes fair, perch slow.  Some limits from east shoreline on bobbers & casting.

Dry Lake #3 (Florence): Walleyes slow, perch slow. 

Dry Lake #2 (Willow Lake): Walleyes good, perch fair.  Some limits of walleye and a perch or two.

Enemy Swim:
Walleyes slow, perch slow.

Goose Lake: Walleyes fair, perch slow.  New boat ramp is open.  A few walleye limits taken.

Horseshoe Lake: Walleyes fair, perch slow. 

Indian Springs:
Walleye fair, Perch slow.  Some walleyes & northerns caught.

Lake Albert: Walleyes slow, perch slow.  Fishing has slowed.

Lake Cochrane:
Walleye slow.

Lake Hendricks: Walleye and perch slow.

Lake Kampeska:
Walleye fair and perch slow. 

Lake Pelican: Walleyes and perch both slow.  The lake has a small population of walleyes!  Rebuilding!

Lake Poinsett:
Walleye fair, perch fair.  Plugs and live bait have been working on walleyes.

Lake Thompson: Walleye fair, perch slow.  Walleyes caught off 1 & 2 mile road areas of lake.

Lake Traverse, MN:
Walleyes fair.

Lynn Lake: Walleyes fair, perch slow.

Opitz: Walleye fair. 

Pickerel Lake: Walleye and Perch slow.

Piyas Lake:
Walleyes slow, perch fair.  State access is open on SW end.  North end needs a tribal license to fish.

Reetz:
Walleye fair, perch fair. 

Roy Lake: Walleyes and Perch slow.

Sinai:
Walleyes fair, perch slow.  Some crappies & walleyes caught.

Swan Lake:
Walleys fair, perch slow.  Lake is very hard to launch boats....low water by ramp!!

Waubay Lake:
Walleyes and perch fair.  A few walleye limits & a good silver bass bite on now!

Whitewood:
Walleye and perch slow.  


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