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UPDATED: April 16th, 2014 More detailed reports will be coming in once ice fishing gets further underway. Weather Forecast: Winter Weather Advisory issued for today in northeast South Dakota. Up to 5" of snow possible. Visibility can be low during heavy snowfall with 15-20 mph winds. Chance of rain again on Thursday with a high of 40 degrees. Temperatures will start to rise as we head in to the weekend increasing to 61 for Easter Sunday. Next week should bring average or above normal temperatures.
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Lake Thompson, Lake Preston & Whitewood Lake area: No report.
Bitter Lake (Courtesy of Bitter Lake Lodge (605)-947-5005 ) April 14th, 2014: Bitter Lake fishing has been good along the shorelines in the evening and mornings best. Large walleyes and northern fish have been reported.
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.) February 23, 2014: Quite a few people out fishing this past weekend. Bitter Lake has been catching a few larger perch in the 25-30' basin. Also a few perch coming out of Swan Lake. Quality is good. A couple tournaments on Swan Lake this past weekend bringing out some big walleye along with a 2 pound perch. Buffalo Lake reports have been good as well.
Grenville Sport Mart (Courtesy of Grenville Sport Mart and Waubay Lake Lodging, 1-605-486-4641) We have house rentals available. April 16th, 2014: There is quite a bit of shore line open to fish. Walleye bite has been ok, few northern coming out 10-14 lbs here and there. Hoping to get some warmer weather so people can start getting boats in the water!!! Have a great day!!
Enemy Swim, & Waubay Lake area: See Circle Pines report.
April 15th, 2014: Many of the area lakes are mostly ice free. Good fishing has been reported on numerous area lakes. Dry Lake (Willow Lake): Shore anglers report a good pike bite during the day and a moderate evening walleye bite from shore using jigs and swim baits. The bite should improve as water temperatures increase. Dry Lake (Clark): No recent report. Indian Springs: No recent report. Make Double P Ranch your ice fishing headquarters only minutes away from the hot action.
Lake Kampeska, Grass Lake & Dry Lake area: (Courtesy of Doris at Kampeska Lodge 1-605-882-1313)
Big Stone Lake area: No report. Lake Traverse, MN (Courtesy of Todd Johnson at Wing N Fin Resort on Lake Traverse. 605-237-8323) April 14th, 2014: MN/SD Border Waters lake Traverse ice is off, softwater fishing opportunities are here! Panfishing is open. Walleye opener arriving April 19th! For more information, call Todd @ cell 605-237-8323, e-mail
or visit www.wingnfintraverse.com
Eden, South Dakota Joe Honer Cell-320.260.6143 http://www.joeguidesyou.com December 12, 2013: Well the ice is good. We are driving on many of the lakes but you want to be careful as there were waterfowl around late keeping spots open. There isn't much ice on the lakes thanks to a few strong winds we had. The fish have been fairly cooperative on many of the lakes. Just have to gas up that auger and find the little buggers. Good luck and be careful out there!
Gary Gangle, Fish Hunter Guide Service April 1st, 2014: Today is March 22, 2014 and there is still plenty of ice out there. However, the weather has been such a roller coaster ride and the ice is melting from the bottom side. So walking and maybe four wheelers would be the safest approach. The fishing is always good on this late ice and before the spring spawn. The walleye bite and pike bite continues to be very good in our northeastern region. We caught walleyes in the middle of the day last week. Unless you really want to get one last ice fishing trip, I would recommend waiting three or four weeks for open water fishing to start.
Be sure to check our website www.fishhunterguideservice.com or our Facebook page for recent photos of the good fishing. If you would like more detailed information, please call 605-448-5751, 605-881-3854 or e-mail:
Waubay Lake Guide Service Cory Ewing (605) 929-3894, www.waubaylakeguideservice.com December 17, 2013: Fishing in the Webster and Waubay area has been great! We have had a lot of very cold weather the last week and the ice has really come a long ways. We are seeing anywhere from 12-16 inches of very good ice most everywhere on both Waubay and Bitter Lakes. Perch bite on the north ends of both Waubay and Bitter Lakes have been good. Reetz Lake has been a good choice for crappies, as well as walleyes, however, keep in mind that there is a 28 inch minimal length limit on the walleyes on Reetz with 1 fish that size per angler. We have also seen a good walleye bite on Bluedog Lake mostly in the early mornings and late evenings. If you would like more information on whats happening with the ice fishing in our area, check out my website above. Be safe and have a great holidays.
Kettle & Cattail Lake area: No report.
Lake Poinsett area:
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