Fishing Reports


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UPDATED: April 20th, 2015 

Weather Forecast:

Highs for the 7 day forecast are as follows:  Highs this week will be in the low 50's in Watertown and middle to high 50's in Aberdeen.  High winds continue Monday and Tuesday at 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph before diminishing to 10-15 mph the rest of the week.  Partly cloudy skies will be prominant this week through the weekend.  Dry this week with chances of rain next Monday, April 27th at 40-50% and Wednesday at 60%. 

Please check the local weather channels for more details.

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Bitter Lake, Blue Dog Lake & Waubay Lake area: (Courtesy of Circle Pines Motel 1-877-324-5161)
Circle Pine Motel  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 1-877-324-5161
April 20, 2015:  Fishing was quite good this past weekend at area lakes.  Our guests did very well on Blue Dog Lake.  We have reports of some good success on Rush Lake, both from the boats and from shore.  Lots of activity from shore on Bitter Lake with some good success reported both from the north and south ends of the lake.

Bitter Lake
(Courtesy of Bitter Lake Lodge (605)-947-5005 ) 
March 26, 2015:  Fishing pressure has slowed lately.  Some reports of some good sized northerns have been caught off shore.

Waubay Lakes, Horseshoe Lake, Antelope Lake, & Pickerel Lake areas:
Sportsman's Cove Sportsman's Cove,  (1-605-345-2468) (Sportsman's Cabin available for up to 7 people. For rental information call 605-380-7590.)
April 17, 2015:  Seen some good boat traffic as docks are now in.  Bites have been good on area lakes.  Waubay Lake has done well with walleye and white bass.  Swan Lake has seen some nice walleye.  Blue Dog Lake is doing well from both shore and boat.  People are catching fish on Opitz also. 

Grenville Sport Mart & Waubay Lake Lodging
(Courtesy of Grenville Sport Mart and Waubay Lake Lodging, 1-605-486-4641)  We have house rentals available.
April 20, 2015:  Fishing has been a little tough with the wind and all, but on the days that have been decent, most people having good luck with walleyes, some crappie have started biting, and even a few perch here and there.  Northerns are done running the cricks but we still have yet to see any sure signs of a spawn that has started, very few fish have lost eggs so far.

Clark Area, Double P Ranch: Double P Ranch Lodge:  (651-357-2764);

April 14, 2015:  Recent anglers report a very good walleye (17"-26") bite on North and Soudh Dry Lakes.  Go to bait is a jig and minnow.
Dry Lake (Willow Lake):  no report.
Dry Lake (Clark): no report.
Indian Springs:  no report. 
Giese Slough:  no report.

Make Double P Ranch your ice fishing headquarters only minutes away from the hot action.  We have boat rental and guided fishing.

Lake Traverse, MN
(Courtesy of Todd Johnson at Wing N Fin Resort, Hotel and Reunion Hall on Lake Traverse.  605-237-8323)
April 20, 2015:  Traverse MN/SD Border Opener was very good.  Jigs and minnows pitched towards shore worked well for walleyes.  Morning and evening bite was best for walleye, with plenty of daytime northern pike action.  Warmer temps needed for panfish bite.  Walleye numbers for Traverse are again at, or near, the top for state of MN.
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Gary Gangle, Fish Hunter Guide Service 

No report.

Lynn Lake Lodge
Paul and Karen Johnson, Webster.  605-345-4564 or 605-237-0309.

April 20, 2015:  We have not had a lot of boat activity on Lynn yet.  Shore fishing has been good.  Lots of catch and release going on during the walleye spawning season.  Saw photos of a 27", a 22" and a 19".  The dock has been in for a week or two.  Boats coming in this weekend. 

Lake Poinsett, Lake Whitewood, Brush Lake area:
(Courtesy of Arlington Inn, Arlington.  605-983-4609)
April 8, 2015:  Twin Lake - Walleye 20", Thompson - Trolling-Walleyes, Poinsett - catching some walleyes by stone bridge.

Waubay Lake Guide Service

Cory Ewing
(605) 929-3894,
April 8, 2015:  The ice is officially off the lakes in the Webster-Waubay area and we have had a few opportunities to get the boats out with great success.  The walleyes are staging up around all gravel and rock areas in preparation for the spawn and have been very easy to come by the past week.  The average size so far this year has been great with 16 to 19 inch eaters coming on a regular basis.  In addition to that, we have had a few pre-spawn females pushing 8 to 9 pounds in the boat as well.  With the warm weather forcasted the next two weeks, fishing should really get hot in our area.  As of right now, we are seeing low 40 degree water temps but with the warm weather predicted next week, we should see that bump up in the upper 40's and low 50's.  If you would like more information on fishing in the Webster-Waubay area, or info on a guided trip, please feel free to contact me by phone or through e-mail with this link:

Eden, South Dakota  
Joe Honer  
No report.

81 Ponds:
A few walleyes.

Antelope Lake:
Fishermen are catching a few Northern Pike.

Big Stone Lake:
There has been very little fishing activity.  The walleye, northern pike, and largemouth/smallmouth bass season opens on April 18th.

Bitter Lake:
Fishing pressure was minimal from boats this past weekend due to the stong winds.  Anglers who fished from shore saw decent success catching a few walleye and northern pike.

Blue Dog Lake:
Opening up.

Casey's Slough:
Fishermen are catching a few walleye.  Most of the walleye are less than 14 inches, but a few larger fish are being caught.

Cattail Lake:
A few nice walleye have been caught along the grade north of Fort Sisseton.

Clubhouse Slough: No report.

Cottonwood Lake (Spink County):
The walleye bite has slowed down over the last week.  Anglers are still catching some walleyes toward evenings.  Main sizes are 12-15+ inches.

Cottonwood (Marshall County): No report.

Cottonwood (Clark County):
No report.

Dry Lake #1 (Clark):
Fishermen are catching an occasional walleye.

Dry Lake #3 (Florence):
The walleye bite from the boat has been minimal so far.  The shore fishermen are doing a little better on the east end in the evening in waders.

Dry Lake #2 (Willow Lake):
Fishermen are catching a few walleye and northern pike.

Enemy Swim:
Anglers are picking up a few bass and an occasional crappie.

Goose Lake:
The Grover Road has been busy with anglers, but success has been spotty.  Some anglers are able to scratch out a limit, but most anglers are averaging about two walleye per day.

Grass Lake:
No report.

Horseshoe Lake:
Ice covered.

Indian Springs:
Fishermen are catching a few walleye and northern pike.

Kettle Lake:
No report.

Lake Hendricks:
Opening up.

Lake Kampeska:
There is still a bit of activity around the Lunkers inlet.  Anglers are catching some walleye and northern pike.  The Water Treatment Plant and Jackson Park have also had anglers on it, but success has been minimal.  Boat fishermen have reported a good bite on walleye.

Lake Pelican:
A few anglers this week have caught northern pike on the north end of the lake.

Lake Poinsett:
The angler traffic from shore has been pretty slow lately.  The anglers trying have reported a slow bite with the occassional carp or northern.  Boat anglers are having a litle better luck reporting some keeper walleye during mid day.  Reminder:  There is a 15" minimum length walleye.

Lake Preston:
No report.

Lake Thompson:
A few walleyes off of Oldham grade.

Lake Traverse, MN:
The fishing season is closed until April 17th for walleye, pike, largemouth bass and smallmouth bass.  There have been reports of water being considerably low on Lake Traverse, so the already threatening submerged rocks will be more so, with less water covering them if they can't be seen.

Lynn Lake:
Little fishing activity.

West Oakwood:

Opitz Lake:
There has been a decent walleye bite in the evenings.

Pickerel Lake:
Opening up.

Piyas Lake:
Ice covered.

Anglers fishing from both boats and shore are starting to catch the occasional crappie. 

Richmond Lake:
Anglers have been catching some northern pike and catfish.  The walleye bite has been slow.  The boat ramps are now in the lake.

Roy Lake:
The main lake rock piles have produced some nice bass and walleye.

A few walleye.

Swan Lake:
Fishermen are catching a few northern pike and an occasional walleye.

Waubay Lake:
A few boaters braved the winds and had success catching some nice walleye.  Shore anglers are having the most success catching walleye and northern pike on the Grenville Grade.

Mostly open.

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