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UPDATED: March 24th, 2015
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Bitter Lake, Blue Dog Lake & Waubay Lake area: (Courtesy of Circle Pines Motel 1-877-324-5161) Circle Pine Motel
1-877-324-5161 March 10, 2015: Fishing was mixed again this past weekend. We had some guests who caught limits of nice perch at Bitter Lake. Others did not do so good. Enemy Swim Lake remains good for bluegill. Some guests did well catching lots of northern pike at Bitter and Cottonwood. Horseshoe Lake was very good for some smaller perch, 8-10 inches. Conditions deteriorating at some access points.
Bitter Lake (Courtesy of Bitter Lake Lodge (605)-947-5005 ) March 26, 2015: Fishing pressure has slowed lately. Some reports of some good sized northerns have been caught off shore.
Waubay Lakes, Horseshoe Lake, Antelope Lake, & Pickerel Lake areas: Sportsman's Cove Sportsman's Cove, (1-605-345-2468) (Sportsman's Cabin available for up to 7 people. For rental information call 605-380-7590.) March 10, 2015: Suggested that you do not use Horseshoe Lake at this time. Lake access trail is very muddy. 18-20" of ice but is chalky from water leaking through. Bitter Lake still has thick ice but there is a lot of water around the access points. As well as Waubay Lake. Do not run trucks on the smaller secondary lakes. Walking or ATV is recommended.
March 24, 2015: Nearly all ice is off most area lakes. Early anglers report a decent walleye bite using a jig and minnow. Dry Lake (Willow Lake): no report. Dry Lake (Clark): no report. Indian Springs: no report. Giese Slough: no report.
Make Double P Ranch your ice fishing headquarters only minutes away from the hot action.
Lake Traverse, MN (Courtesy of Todd Johnson at Wing N Fin Resort, Hotel and Reunion Hall on Lake Traverse. 605-237-8323) March 23rd, 2015: Currently, unsafe ice conditions. Several large areas of open water. Start planning your 2015 MN/SD spring fishing trip. Traverse border walleye opener is Saturday, April 18th. Very good chance of ice out by Mid-April. For more information, call Todd @ cell 605-237-8323, e-mail
or visit www.wingnfintraverse.com
Gary Gangle, Fish Hunter Guide Service
March 12, 2015: What a spring. Last week it was 20 degrees below zero and today it was 60 degrees, and tomorrow the forecast is for 70 degrees. Yes, the ice is getting dangerous rather rapidly. I would suggest staying off the ice unless another cold spell would start. And that does not sound like that is going to happen. The fishing can be very good, but I do not think it is worth risking falling in that cold water. Some people may disagree with me, but I just as soon be around for the open water when the fishing always seems to be good. So if you do decide to go ice fishing, be sure to travel with someone and be careful. We hope to see you on the lake this spring and summer. For more detailed information, contact us at 605-448-5751 or 605-881-3854 and ask for Gary or Scott or e-mail:
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March 24, 2015: Right now, accesses on many larger waters are questionable. Ice fishermen in this last weekend had to be cautious. Smaller sloughs have opened up. Cold temps and 3 plus inches of snow on Sunday slowed down the thaw a bit, but if you venture out, it should be foot travel only. Perch bite was good this last weekend.
81 Ponds: A few walleyes. Antelope Lake: Fishermen are catching a few Northern Pike. Big Stone Lake: There is still ice in many places, including leading up to the shorline so shore fishing activity has been minimal. Bitter Lake: Ice covered. Shore fishermen have started to fish in open water found mainly on the northwest portion of the lake. Those fishing are mainly catching 2 to 3 lbs northern pike. Blue Dog Lake: Opening up. Casey's Slough: Opening up. Fishermen are catching a few walleye. Most of the walleye are less than 14 inches, but a few nicer fish are being caught. Cattail Lake: No report.
Clubhouse Slough: No report. Cottonwood Lake (Spink County): No fishing activity.
Cottonwood (Marshall County): No report. Cottonwood (Clark County): No report. Dry Lake #1 (Clark): Opening up. Fishermen are catching an occasional walleye. Dry Lake #3 (Florence): No fishing pressure to report. The lake is in transition to open water. Dry Lake #2 (Willow Lake): Opening up. Fishermen are catching a few walleye and northern pike. Enemy Swim: Beginning to open up. Little fishing activity. Goose Lake: Very little fishing except for the open areas along the shore and the Grover road. Majority is covered with ice while in transition to open water. Grass Lake: No report. Horseshoe Lake: Ice covered. Indian Springs: Opening up. Fishermen are catching a few walleye and northern pike. Kettle Lake: No report.
Lake Hendricks: Opening up. Lake Kampeska: Fishiing has picked up again on the north end of the lake by City Park. Fishermen are reporting a good crappie bite along with some perch. A few walleye were being reported during the evening. There is still some ice in areas. Lake Pelican: Pelican has lost the majority of its ice. Very little shore fishing to report as of now. Lake Poinsett: Slow activity at Poinsett. There are still some parts of the lake with ice as it transitions to open water. Lake Preston: No report.
Lake Thompson: A few walleyes off of Oldham grade. Lake Traverse, MN: No activity due to poor ice conditions. Lynn Lake: Ice covered. Little fishing activity. West Oakwood: Open. Opitz Lake: No report. Reminder: 2 walleye daily limit with a 15 inch minimum. Pickerel Lake: Opening up. Piyas Lake: Ice covered. Reetz: Ice covered. Little fishing activity. Richmond Lake: No fishing activity. The ice is no longer safe for ice fishing. Roy Lake: No report. Sinai: A few walleye. Swan Lake: Opening up. Fishermen are catching a few northern pike and an occasional walleye. Waubay Lake: Ice covered. Little fishing activity. Whitewood: Mostly open.
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