Fishing Reports

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UPDATED:  January 13, 2017 

Fishing reports will become more frequent once ice has formed on the areas lakes.

Weather Forecast:


Weather for the 7 day forecast is as follows:


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

January 16, 2017:  Fishing on Waubay was slow this weekend, week prior was good walleye fishing, perch are still taking some work to come up with.  Hopefully this next week will pick up.

Northeast South Dakota
(Courtesy of Gary and Scott Gangle at Fish Hunter Guide Service, 605-448-5751 or 605-881-3854, www.fishhunterguideservice.com)
(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)

January 15, 2017:  We now have about 20-22 inches of ice, but there is starting to be a lot of snow accumulation at lake access areas.  The walleye bite continues to be fairly strong.  The panfish bite requires a little work.  Plan on drilling a lot of ice holes and doing some searching for active fish.  We have been finding fish in water depth that has about 39-40 degree water temp.  In the past couple of weeks we have landed some trophy class walleye - 25-28 1/2".  I hope everyone is enjoying some good ice fishing.

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

January 13, 2017:  Reports ice fishing has been slow.  Most activity for walleyes is North of Rainbow Island.  Recent snow and wind has made it tough to get around.  Northern spearing is producing some nice fish.  Plenty of good ice.  As temperatures rise a bit, hopefully so will the bite.  Late ice may have delayed the bite, look for February to be a very good month to fish Traverse.

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.)

January 13, 2017: Amazing amount of people this past week.  Looking for a good weekend coming up.  Ice is over 20 inches for the most part.  Some places are 22-24 inches.  Big drifts around the ice shacks, so be careful, you can get stuck.  Enemy Swim and Buffalo have been having luck with bluegill.  Waubay and Bitter are having some luck with walleye and perch but you do have to work for them.  Most have been finding them in the 20-30 feet of water.


Lake Poinsett, Lake Whitewood, Brush Lake area:
(Courtesy of Deb Wingle at Arlington Inn, Arlington, 605-983-4609, www.arlingtoninn.net)

January 11, 2017:  The fishing around the area had slowed down for a few days, but then it picked up again at Whitewood, Thompson, and Sinai.

Hidden Hill Lodge:
(Courtesy of Lorrie Sanderson at Hidden Hill Lodge, 605-550-0455, www.hiddenhilllodge.com)

January 9, 2017:  The fishing is slow for the most part.  We have had a lot of fronts moving in and out and seem to have the fish on a diet.  One group found some nice walleyes.  The perch bite is slow but the few that have been caught are big ones.  Very few crappies or bluegills have been caught.

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

January 9, 2017: Just a few fishermen on Lynn because of the cold and wind.  Everyone out there caught fish, but the weather made it tough.  Hoping for a better weekend coming up.  Lots of people with the Monday holiday.  Fish deep and away from the crowds. 

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

January 3, 2017:  Many fishermen this past week-end with good success.  Some limits of walleyes and nice perch being caught in the deeper waters.

Bitter Lake, Blue Dog Lake & Waubay Lake area
(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.)

January 2, 2017:  Fishing activity has picked up again after a Christmas weekend ice storm.  Lots of people out over New Years.  Recent guests have done very well for both Walleye and Perch on Bitter Lake and Waubay Lake.  Most are fishing deep in 20 plus feet of water.  Access is limited some due to ice on the boat ramp inclines, particularly the SE State access.


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

August 9, 2016:  no report
Dry Lake (Clark): 
Dry Lake (Willow Lake):
Antelope Lake: 

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

July 11, 2016:  No report.



81 Ponds (Brookings County):  walleye slow, perch slow.

Big Stone Lake (Roberts County):  walleye fair, perch fair.  a few fishermen out & some perch & walleye fish caught.

Bitter Lake (Day County):  walleye good, perch good.  Heavy fishing pressure on Bitter Lake over the past week, very little angler success.  Those willing to explore in the frigid temperatures had a much higher success targeting walleye and perch.

Blue Dog Lake (Day County):  walleye slow.

Casey’s Slough (Clark County):  walleye slow.

Dry Lake #1 (Clark County):  walleye fair, perch slow.

Dry Lake #2 (Clark County):  walleye fair, perch fair.  Anglers are catching perch in the 10-12 inch range, with an occasional walleye.

Dry Lake #3 (Codington County):  walleye fair, perch fair.  The walleye bite has slowed down some from last week, but there are still a few fish being caught.

Enemy Swim Lake (Day County):  walleye slow, perch slow.   Very little fishing pressure with a few anglers catching small panfish with minimal success.

Goose Lake (Codington County):  walleye fair, perch slow.  Very little success.

Horseshoe (Day County):  walleye slow, perch slow.

Indian Springs Lake (Clark County): Fishermen are catching a few perch, but have to do some searching to find them.

Lake Albert (Kingsbury County):  walleye slow, perch slow.  A decent walleye bite throughout the day.

Lake Hendricks (Brookings County):  walleye slow, perch slow.

Lake Herman (Lake County): walleye slow, perch slow.

Lake Kampeska (Codington County):  walleye slow, perch slow.  A good lake to catch a mixed bag of fish.

Lake Pelican (Codington County): walleye slow, perch slow.  A few walleye being caught in the late evening.

Lake Poinsett (Hamlin County): Small walleye are biting well but the pan fish continue to be finicky.

Lake Thompson (Kingsbury County):  walleye fair, perch fair.  Some keeper walleyes & perch caught.

Lake Traverse (Roberts County):  walleye slow.

Lynn Lake (Day County): walleye slow, perch slow.

Oakwood Lake (Brookings County):  walleye fair, perch slow.

Opitz (Marshall County):  Anglers are catching walleye and perch in the mid-lake area, overall slow.

Pickerel Lake (Day County):  walleye slow, perch slow.

Piyas Lake (Day County):  walleye slow, perch slow. 

Reetz (Day County): walleye fair, perch slow.

Roy Lake (Marshall County):  walleye slow, perch slow.  Anglers are catching and spearing some nice northern pike in resort bay.  Anglers have been catching some walleye and perch but very slow.

Sinai Lake (Brookings County): walleye slow, perch slow.  A few limits of Crappies.

Swan Lake (Clark County):  walleye slow, perch slow. 

Waubay Lake (Day County):  walleye fair, perch fair.  Anglers targeting walleye and perch experienced good fishing in very concentrated areas, but most weren't able to replicate that same success over two days.




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