Fishing Reports

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UPDATED:  February 21, 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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Northeast South Dakota
(Courtesy of Northern Lights Inn, Webster, 605-448-2438, )

February 21, 2017:  Ice conditions as of 2/20 are deteriorating.  20-24" of ice in most areas, but shorelines are going fast, and concerning cracks in the ice as well as water on top.  Best travel on foot, or ATV.  If we get a week long freeze, could be ok again.  Our fishermen did well last weekend.  Cleaning station was busy with eater sized perch, as well as bluegills and a few walleyes and northern. 

Clear Lake - good for bluegills and crappies with random walleyes and pike.  Occasional trophy sized smallmouth.
Roy - A few groups did well on walleyes but they were spotty for most.  Lots of traffic.
Clubhouse - little/no traffic.
Cattail - little/no traffic.
Piyas - little/no pressure
Buffalo chain/Red Iron - spotty success, but a great choice for a trophy bluegill.
White - crappies slow for most.  Walleyes at sunset with a few keeper sized.
Opitz - Plentiful walleyes and perch, if you keep moving and find the schools.
Stink Lake - slow.
Stink Slough - slow.  Random big perch.  Plentiful northerns.
Cottonwood (Lake City) - slow
Hazelden - Caught many fishermen this winter.  If you forget your auger, no problem - there are plenty of holes to fish from already cut in this lake.  Slow reports from locals.

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

February 21, 2017:  Fishing pressure is down lately.  Some fisherman having some success on walleyes and perch.  Ice is not real good.  fisherman are either walking or taking 4-wheelers out now.

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.)

February 20, 2017:  We received a little rain overnight.  Lakes are mostly walk on or using wheelers, we do not recommend trucks.  The sloughs and smaller lakes are questionable.  The access are getting lots of water, especially Bitter and Waubay Lakes.  Heard some good news with bluegill on Enemy Swim in the afternoons.  Perch did good with a group on Bitter Lake.  The ice is under 16 inches on the sloughs and smaller lakes.  Still 20-30" on the bigger lakes but they are honeycombed. 

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!  Have a great week.)

February 20, 2017:  Lots of fishermen, lots of fish this weekend.  We saw trophy bluegills, pike over 40, a few nice limits of perch.  Fishermen are going in many different directions.  Lynn seems to still be putting out quite a few undersized walleye.  We are glad to see the numbers, but are willing to let them grow a bit.  The ice conditions are deteriorating on Lynn.  Recommending no trucks.

Northeast South Dakota
(Courtesy of Gary and Scott Gangle at Fish Hunter Guide Service, 605-448-5751 or 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)

February 20, 2017:  This warm weather has really made the ice less safe.  Yesterday, using 4-wheelers we stayed safe, but with temps in the 50-60 range for a couple of more days, I would certainly rethink ice fishing until we got another cold spell.  We are losing ice.  The fishing has been good for perch and pike.  The walleye bite is fairly slow.  There is lots of water running into the lakes and it has had an impact on the fish activity.

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.)

February 20, 2017:  Wing N Fin Resort on Lake Traverse advises no ice travel.  Significant Water on top of the ice.  Start planning your spring-summer-fall now.  MN/SD Early Traverse Border Walleye Opener is April 22, 2017.

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

February 20, 2017:  Due to deteriorating ice conditions, no ice travel is advised.  Better to be safe than sorry.  There were four fisherman on Lake Poinsett Sunday with their 4-wheeler's.  The ice was 2 feet thick however, about 2 inches of water on top.  They nailed the walleyes and crappies on the north end of the lake about 5 pm.  They were going to head home because they felt the ice would not be good after Monday.

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

February 13, 2017:  The bite was great for all of the open water season in 2016.  The bite remains light for the hard water in 2017.  A few hot spots for northern, perch, blue gills, and crappies.  The walleye bite is late at night and still hard to find.  Remember, "a bad day of fishing is still better than a good day at work."

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.)

February 6, 2017:  Fishing was better this past weekend on area lakes.  Lots of people fishing on Minnewasta Lake.  Recent guests did very well there on walleye.  Fishing on Bitter Lake was spotty, some did well and others not so much.  Enemy Swim Lake still good for Bluegill and we had guests who were spearing there and got some nice Northern.  Others have fished on Pickerel Lake and caught nice Crappie, Walleye and some perch.

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

February 6, 2017:  Fishing from this weekend picked up a little, still pretty slow out there.  Walleye has been very consistent all winter, perch are still taking a lot of work.  Pickerel Lake has some nice crappie reported, Buffalo has had some decent reports, and Hazelton Lake has been putting out some perch and walleye as well.  The joys of fishing, everyday is different!  Hoping things start picking up a little more.

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

January 25, 2017:  If you are looking for a guide, get a hold of our guide Zeb Bartels at 605-690-8922.  Have fun this weekend and be safe. 

Dry Lake 2 (Clark):  Has been on and off.  Some days you can catch some jumbo perch in the morning and they are more aggressive from 3pm - dark.  The walleyes are really good through out the night.
Dry Lake (Willow Lake): Minnows on a slip bobber have been working on the perch and walleyes.  I think this weather going back to normal, the fish are going to bite everywhere.
Antelope Lake:  Has also been consistent doing the same as Dry Lake 2.  The perch are starting to fire up in the last half hour of the evening when the pike aren't around.
Lake Poinsett:  Producing a lot of perch lately but you have to keep moving and drill a lot of holes.  But it's been successful and it's been a great bite the last hour.  The walleyes and crappies have been good.  you just have to sort through the walleyes.
Lake Thompson:  A great bite.  The walleyes have been a great bite from 3pm - dark and through the night.  The crappies are really good in the morning.

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):  With the warm temperatures this week, anglers have reported catching a few perch and some nice walleye.

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):  Fishing is hit or miss, anglers have to search for the fish, but they are nice when they find them.

Dry Lake #3 (Codington County):  Very little fishing activity with only a few northern being caught.

Enemy Swim Lake (Day County):  The walleye bite has slowed with anglers still catching a few bluegill and crappie.

Goose Lake (Codington County):  The perch bite was very good on Saturday.  Most of the perch were in the 8-11 inch range with a few fish in the 14 plus inch range.  The walleye have been hit or miss.

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

Indian Springs Lake (Clark County): Fishing continues to be hit or miss and anglers continue to catch a few perch and walleye.

Lake Albert (Kingsbury County):  Very little fishing pressure, anglers reporting a few perch and walleye throughout the day.

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

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

Lake Kampeska (Codington County):  The walleye bite in mid-afternoon has been pretty good.  Late evenings and overnights have been good for crappie.

Lake Pelican (Codington County):  The overnight bite for large walleye has been pretty good with anglers reporting some fish over the 25 inch mark.

Lake Poinsett (Hamlin County): Saturday was a good day on Poinsett with a lot of fish being caught.  Sunday was not very good with few fish caught.

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 perch along with a few decent walleye.

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

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

Reetz (Day County): walleye fair, perch slow.  Anglers targeting small mouth bass on submerged structure have done well using a variety of presentations.

Roy Lake (Marshall County):  Anglers catching and spearing northern pike, all other species slow.  A few anglers have reported some small perch being caught.

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

Swan Lake (Clark County):  Fishermen have to put in the hours, but the walleye that have been caught are nice.  Anglers fishing through the night have caught some nice walleye.

Waubay Lake (Day County):  Fishing pressure has increased with anglers catching some nice perch and the occasional walleye.

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