Fishing Reports

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UPDATED:  November 21, 2017 

Weather Forecast:

Book your ice fishing trips now!  Once safe ice forms on area lakes, we will begin regular fishing report updates. 

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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)

November 17, 2017:  Fishing is between open water and freeze up.  Roy Lake and Clear lake are still open, but the small lakes all have ice.  It is a good time to check the winter gear and start preparing for that first ice fishing trip.  About two to three weeks at the earliest, because it sounds like nice weather over Thanksgiving, leaving us with unsafe ice.  Once we are on the ice I will post another report.  Give us a call to book your ice fishing needs.  605-448-5751 or 605-698-1854 and ask for Gary or Scott.

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

November 6, 2017:  The pheasant hunters that finished up early, went out on Hidden Hill Lake and caught beautiful Catch and Release Walleyes (CPR).  They have been pitching jigs and minnows up to the moss line and doing very well!  The largest ones from the last group were 27" long.  What a beautiful fall it has been.  We still have some week day openings in November.  December has some weekends and weekday openings.  Tip of the Week:  Dress in layers!

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 26, 2017:  Fishing has been very good on area lakes the past couple of weeks when the wind and weather would allow it.  There have been some nice catches of walleye taken from several lakes, both from shore and in boats.  Not many people fishing though at a time when there is some of the best fishing of the year.

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.

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. 

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 18, 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.