Fishing Reports

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UPDATED:  August 16, 2017 

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

August 16, 2017:  The bite seems to have slowed down somewhat.  The weather is probably by far the biggest factor with the on and off bite.  A few nice walleyes are still being caught at Hidden Hill Lake.  Some guests have brought in some nice pan fish from nearly lakes.  Tip of the week:  Don't forget your raincoat.  Remember, the ice is always free at HHL.

Waubay Lake, Bitter Lake & Opitz 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.)

August 14, 2017:  Waubay Lake still seems to be the lake of choice.  More did well than poorly.  Finding a fair amount of 16-17 inch walleye.  They're finding perch here and there along with some white bass and smallmouth.  Bitter Lake has been a little tougher, finding the fish in deeper water.  They will start to move to shallow water as we get rid of some weed growth.  The lakes are cleaning up, there's not a lot of moss down low.  We'll start to see more perch bite as the water cools.  Right now we're look at water temps in the upper 60's to lower 70's. 

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!)

August 14, 2017:  Fishing was slow here this weekend.  Waiting for some cool temps to clear the water, hoping for the bite to turn on a bit.  Saw a few limits of walleyes, but fishermen worked all day for those.  Keep your fingers crossed for lots of rain, and cool weather.

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

August 8, 2017:  Fishing has been steady.  Some good reports of some limits of walleyes being caught.

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)

August 1, 2017:  Fishing continues to be good, even though the water temp. is 79-80 degrees.  The panfish bite has been excellent for bluegills.  The walleye bite has been good, but if you want bigger fish, the evening bite has been best.  The pike have gone into a summer pattern - tough bite.  The smallmouth are cooperating very well.  We caught and released 25 smallies yesterday.

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

July 25, 2017:  Things have slowed down a bit since June but still have some nice quality fish coming out of Waubay.  Buffalo is still putting out good reports on panfish and walleye as well.  Lakes are starting to turn a bit, tis the season.  Morning and evening bites most productive on Waubay, but some guys are having luck with an afternoon bite as well.

Lake Poinett & Bitter Lake:
(Presented by Fishermens Net Guide Service LLC, 605-881-3379)

July 25, 2017:  We have a good perch and bluegill bite going on at Big Stone Lake.  Spikes and wax worms seem to be out producing minnows at this time.  Key areas to try are Poverty and Bucks point, Rocky Ledge and Mallard Point.  These are community spots but don't be afraid to try other areas.  A lot of the perch are smaller so you'll have to sort through a few to get the larger ones in the 10" range.  A few anglers are pulling plugs in the lake basin and getting better perch.  Try #4 Salmo Hornets or the #5 jointed Shad Raps.  Keep a tight line! 

Bitter 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.)

July 18, 2017:  No report.

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

July 12, 2017:  No report.

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

July 11, 2017:  No report.

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.)

July 10, 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 August 7, 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.