Fishing Reports

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UPDATED:  May 23, 2017 

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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)

May 23, 2017:  The water temp. has dropped to 55-56 degrees.  It was as high as 64 degrees.  The fishing has been good despite the up and down weather pattern.  It looks like the lakes have turned over and the water clarity has dropped.  The walleye bite has been good in all of the area lakes, along with a strong pike and bass bite.  The panfish bite is still a little slow.

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.)

May 23, 2017:  The weather was really rotten over this past free fishing weekend but those that tried to fish did pretty well.  Recent guests got some good walleye fishing on Blue Dog Lake, Enemy Swim, and Bitter Lake.  Also heard of some good fishing results from Waubay Lake.

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

May 22, 2017:  The bite is good.  The bass fishermen had great success on their annual outing to South Dakota.  They also found walleye on Hidden Hill Lake for dinner after their day of bass fishing on area lakes.  The pan fishermen had a variety of good crappie, gills, walleye and northern.  Tip of the week:  Eat a good breakfast and you will start your day out on a positive note!

Waubay Lake:
(Presented by Fishermens Net Guide Service LLC, www.fishermensnetsd.com 605-881-3379)

May 23, 2017:  Waubay Lake had a good bite going prior to last weekend's wind and rain.  The walleyes were shallow, on the points and over the basin.  Casting Northland's Fire Ball jig and minnow into the shallows was producing some nice over fish.  Another good shallow presentation was casting the Rapala Shadow Rap jerk bait.

A minnow on a plain snell in 12 to 14 ft of water around sharp dropping points produced walleyes in the 15 to 17 inch range while some anglers pulled plugs over the basin caught fish in the same size range.

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.

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

May 16, 2017:  Fishing has been picking up. We have had some reports of fisherman who caught their limit of walleyes.

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

May 8, 2017:  Fishermen caught Crappie and Bass on Lake Thompson, Perch on Lake Poinsett and nice size Walleyes at the 81 Ponds.  Seems like they did better in the early morning and later evening.

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

May 8, 2017:  Waubay Lake temps are on the rise.  Walleye are good nice size coming out, Silver Bass active depending on conditions.  Opitz did well over the weekend as well.

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 5, 2017:  Good crowd of people coming for the weekend.  Waubay is picking up speed.  The water temps are climbing up to the low 50's.  Most are using crawlers and leeches, not just minnow.  The main lakes are Waubay, Opitz, Bitter and Blue Dog.
  Bitter Lake is seeing lots of clear water.  The fish are better in low light about 10 feet in the evenings.  Waubay is not as clear as Bitter but is seeing the same evening bite.

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.)

April 26, 2017:  Excellent MN/SD opener this past weekend.  Walleyes were plenty, nice northerns, mixed as well as a few trophy perch and white bass.  Panfish will start as we approach mid-May, and then continue all year.  2017 Lake Traverse will be another fantastic year!


Northeast South Dakota:
(Courtesy of Nick Fosness, Northern Lights Inn, Britton, 605-448-2438, www.northernlightsinn.net )

April 11, 2017:  No report.

Clark Area:  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.)

March 28, 2017: 
No report.

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.)

March 13, 2017:  No report.


Following Weekly Report provided by South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks:  Week of May 22, 2017, click here for the complete report.

Antelope (Clark County): Anglers are catching walleye and northern pike, primarily by boat.  A few nicer walleye are being caught.

Big Stone Lake (Roberts County): 

Bitter Lake (Day County):  The fishing over the past week has been slow.  Most anglers have been fishing off of Kotzea's Access due to weather conditions.

Blue Dog Lake (Day County): 

Clear Lake (Marshall County):  Anglers are catching northern pike, walleye along with the occasional panfish.

Dry Lake #3
(Codington County):  Walleye bite has also improved with boat and shore fishing opportunities. 

Enemy Swim Lake (Day County):  The pan fishing on Enemy Swim should be picking up in the weeks to come.  Those anglers looking to catch a few pan fish should focus on areas of the lake with vegetation.

Indian Springs Lake (Clark County):

Lake Albert (Kingsbury County):  Fishermen have been seen coming off with good quality fish.  It definitely takes some searching to find the fish though.

Lake Hendricks (Brookings County): 

Lake Herman (Lake County): .

Lake Kampeska (Codington County):  Weather hasn't been real favorable for fishing.  However, anglers are still catching a few walleye adn crappie from both boat and shore.

Lake Pelican (Codington County):  Things have slowed down a bit.  Anglers are still catching a few small walleye and some white bass.

Lake Poinsett (Hamlin County):  Weather was poor for free fishing weekend.  Success rates were down this past week.  Anglers have still been seen coming off with mix bags of walleye, crappie, and white bass.  Anglers are reminded that there is a 15 inch minimum on walleye.

Lake Thompson (Kingsbury County): 

Lake Traverse (Roberts County): 

Oakwood Lake (Brookings County): 

Opitz (Marshall County):  Anglers are catching walleye from boat and shore in the evenings.  Anglers fishing from shore found the best luck using a jig and a minnow or set line with crappie rigs.  Boat anglers pulling bottom bouncers with a worm around main lake depth changes caught some really nice walleye.

Pickerel Lake (Day County): 

Piyas Lake (Day County):   

Roy Lake (Marshall County):  Slow, a few anglers have caught northern pike and walleye.

Sinai Lake (Brookings County):

Waubay Lake (Day County):  Anglers targeting smallmouth bass have had luck in shallow water near structure.  The walleye bite has been inconsistent.  The white bass fishing from shore has slowed significantly over the past week.


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