Fishing Reports


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UPDATED: May 4, 2016 

Weather Forecast:

Weather for the 7 day forecast is as follows:   Highs will be in the upper 60’s to 70’s this week with a high of 85 on Friday. Lows will be in the upper 40’s and lower 50’s through-out the next 7 days. Skies will be sunny to partly cloudy with little chances of rain. Biggest chance of rain will be Monday and Tuesday with a 50% chance. Winds will continue to blow in the teens.

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

May 3, 2016:  Hey everyone, the walleye bite has been very good with limits of 15 to 17 inch fish coming off every area lake with little effort.  The water temps are currently on the rise and the fish seem to be pretty shallow most days were targeting 6 to 12 foot of water.  We do have some availability left this summer and if you're looking to catch fish I can assure you, you won't be discouraged.  This summer is going to be a walleye bonanza. 

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.)

May 3, 2016:  Gorgeous week so far. A fair amount of boats coming up this week. Most of the activity is on Bitter Lake using the west access. Most walleye seem to vary in 6-16” waters. Jigs and minnows are the choice of bait. Waubay Lake and Bitter Lake are also good choices right now.

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

May 2, 2016:  Reports continued good walleye/northern fishing.  Panfish/bass will start soon as water temps are already 60+ degrees.  Minnows are still the best presentation, with crankbaits also producing.

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

May 2, 2016:  Fishing has picked up.  Few more walleyes were caught this previous week.

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

May 2, 2016:  High winds, cold temperatures, and rain/snow effectively shut down fishing last week. As weather conditions stabilize and warm up we expect excellent fishing to resume.
Dry Lake (Clark): Strong winds and cold temperatures kept all but the most hardy anglers away and slowed the bite down.
Dry Lake (Willow Lake): Shore anglers reported some success using a jig and minnow. Evening has been the best time. Bring lots of jigs, the pike are very active especially during sunny days. Pike over 10 lbs. are being caught.

Lynn Lake Lodge
(Courtesy of Paul and Karen Johnson at Lynn Lake Lodge, Webster, 605-345-4564 or 605-237-0309,
(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.)

May 1, 2016:  It was a slow weekend on Lynn. Not a lot of action, mostly just trying to stay out of the wind. Groups did ok on Waubay Friday, when they could dodge the wind. Saw some decent walleyes in the cleaning room, but no big numbers. Maybe with the nice week forecasted ahead, things will pick up.

Lake Poinsett, Lake Whitewood, Brush Lake area
(Courtesy of Deb Wingle at Arlington Inn, Arlington, 605-983-4609,

April 24, 2016:  Fishermen did pretty good fishing at Lake Poinsett this weekend on the south side of the lake.  They also took some nice walleyes and a real nice northern.  They caught these from the shoreline. 

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

April 23, 2016:  The water temp. has been in an up and down pattern.  Mostly the water temp. is 40-45 degrees.  Some of the walleyes have spawned, but I am still seeing fish with eggs still in them.  We have been catching fish in the shallows during late evening hours.  The bite is still soft and not very aggressive.  The water level on our lakes is still the same as last fall, which means you may have to look for fish in some new areas.  We have also caught some nice crappies along with a fairly good pike bite.  The smallmouth bass are cooperating pretty good if you know where to look for them. 

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

No report.

Bitter Lake, Blue Dog Lake & Waubay Lake area
(Courtesy of Gary Gangle 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 )

No report.

81 Ponds:

Big Stone Lake:
A few perch.

Bitter Lake: Walleyes fair.

Blue Dog Lake:
A few walleyes from shore.

Casey's Slough:
A few walleyes.

Dry Lake #1 (Clark):
A few walleyes.

Dry Lake #3 (Florence): A few walleyes.

Dry Lake #2 (Willow Lake): Pike fair and a few walleye.

Enemy Swim:
A few walleyes.

Goose Lake:

Horseshoe Lake: A few walleyes.

Indian Springs:

Lake Cochrane:

Lake Hendricks: Slow.

Lake Kampeska:
A few walleyes.

Lake Pelican: Slow.

Lake Poinsett:
A few walleye and pike.

Lake Thompson: A few walleyes and pike.

Lake Traverse, MN:

Lynn Lake: A few walleyes and pike.

West Oakwood:


Pickerel Lake: Slow.

Piyas Lake:


Roy Lake: Few reports.

Walleyes fair.

Swan Lake:

Waubay Lake:
A few walleyes.

Few reports.

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