Fishing Reports

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UPDATED:  October 11, 2017 

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Opitz, Big Stone Lake & Lake Albert, Poinsett 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.)

October 11, 2017:  Pretty quiet this week, with not a lot of people fishing.  Opitz is catching fish but not a lot of keepers.  If you're looking for perch, head east to Big Stone Lake or south to Lake Albert or Poinsett.

Big Stone Lake:
(Presented by Fishermens Net Guide Service LLC, 605-881-3379)

October 11, 2017:  There is a good perch bite on Big Stone right now but there's no guarantee on limits.  On the average the perch are larger than they were just a month or two ago.  Depending on the day many of the perch are in the 9" range but the next day they'll be over 10".  The higher quality perch are coming off minnows.  Most of the fishermen are anchored and jigging them up.  Anglers that are pulling plugs are getting nicer perch and a few walleyes at the same time. 

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 email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

October 10, 2017:  Excellent fall fishing!  All species are hitting.  Minnows and crank baits are best bet for walleye and northern.  Crawlers producing bluegill and catfish.

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

October 9, 2017:  Some nice walleyes were caught this past week-end.  Larger walleyes were caught towards evenings.

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!)

October 9, 2017:  More duck hunters than fishermen this week.  Lots of ducks around.  They found walleyes on Bitter, and on Opitz.  Using crawlers and minnows.  Fishing a little deeper.

Hidden Hill Lodge:
(Courtesy of Lorrie Sanderson at Hidden Hill Lodge, 605-550-0455,

October 9, 2017:  The fall bite is on.  The fishermen had good luck this past weekend.  Walleyes, northern pike and small mouth were very cooperative!  There were several nice walleyes over 25" caught and released here at Hidden Hill Lake.  The biggest 2 were 28".  Good eating 15-20" size were also caught.  The larger northern pike were very aggressive on nearby lakes, as were the bass.  Tip of the week:  Be universal and pack your shotgun and your fishing pole together.  If you're not getting in on the bite, or the shooting, then try a different time of day!  Remember the ice is always free at HHL.

Big Stone, Bitter Lake, Hazeldon, Opitz & Waubay Lakes:
(Courtesy of Gary W. Peterson at Circle Pines Motel, 877-324-5161, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

October 9, 2017:  Fishing has been really good at area lakes recently, both from shore and in boats.  Recent guests got limits of very nice walleye from Waubay, Rush, Opitz, Hazeldon, Minnewasta, Blue Dog and Bitter.  Many of trophy size too.  Perch bite is also strong at Big Stone lake near Hartford beach landing about 25 miles from Waubay.  The fall bite seems to be on.

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

September 25, 2017:  Fishing has been fantastic!  It's been good at Lake Poinsett, and Albert.  I had guys catch their limit within 2 hours.  This took place all during the week last week.  Once the cold and rainy weather come in, it put a halt on everything because the fishermen didn't want to deal with the weather.  They are waiting for the cold air to pass through and then they will be back. 

Northeast South Dakota
(Courtesy of Gary and Scott Gangle at Fish Hunter Guide Service, 605-881-3854,
(If you are interested in some good fishing in our Glacial Lakes region, give us a call.  Check out the fishing report on our website or our Facebook page)

September 22, 2017:  Water temp is currently 64 degrees.  With a major cold front coming in this weekend, the water temp. is becoming ideal for our strong fall bite.  The walleye bite has been good, but plan on spending some time finding them, but once you locate the fish, the action has been excellent.  The pike bite has been getting better each day.  The pan fish bite has slowed down in our area, but I have heard of a good perch bite at Big Stone.  The smallmouth action has been some of the best I have seen.  The quality of fish has been outstanding.  Last week clients caught nine smallies that were 20" up to 20 1/2", not to mention several others were in that 19 inch class.  World class smallies.

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

July 25, 2017:  No report.

2017 Northeast Glacial Lakes Fishing Forecast - Provided by Fishermens Net Guide Service LLC:
Here is a highlight and some lake survey history on some of the lakes in the region:
For more information on Lake Traverse (SD/MN Border Water), click here.
For more information on Big Stone Lake (SD/MN Border Water), click here.
For more information on Lake Alice (Deuel County), click here.
For more information on Antelope Lake (Day County) and Lake Kampeska (Codington County), click here.
For more information on Lake Poinsett, click here.

Following Weekly Report provided by South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks:  Week of October 11, 2017, click here for the complete report.

Hunting season license deadlines and Applications available on line:
Click here to get a copy of the applications forms from South Dakota's Game, Fish & Parks Department.