Fishing Reports


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UPDATED: October 14th, 2014 

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Lake Thompson, Lake Preston & Whitewood Lake area:
Lake Thompson:  Walleyes, pike, silver bass and crappies fair.  A smallmouth bass.
Whitewood:  slow.

Bitter Lake, Reetz & Swan Lake area:

Bitter Lake:  Walleyes and pike fair.  A few perch.
Reetz:  Walleye fair along with a few crappie.
Swan Lake:  Walleyes and Pike fair to good.

Bitter Lake, Blue Dog Lake & Waubay Lake area: (Courtesy of Circle Pines Motel 1-877-324-5161)
Circle Pine Motel  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 1-877-324-5161
September 16th, 2014:  Fishing is still good on area lakes.  Enemy Swim, Bitter, and Waubay all produced some nice catches this past week.  Shore fishing on Bitter in the evenings has really picked up with some really nice walleye being caught.

Bitter Lake
(Courtesy of Bitter Lake Lodge (605)-947-5005 ) 
October 14th, 2014:  Reports of some larger walleyes being caught.  Still many smaller walleyes.

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.)
October 13th, 2014:  Anglers doing well.  We have a nice week coming up.  Best 3 lakes are Bitter Lake, Opitz and Piyas.  Walleye have been good on Bitter Lake and Opitz where Walleye and Perch have been good on Piyas.  Light winds are bringing up the perch on Piyas and Walleye on the other two. 

Grenville Sport Mart
(Courtesy of Grenville Sport Mart and Waubay Lake Lodging, 1-605-486-4641)  We have house rentals available.
July 1st, 2014:  Waubay has good bite early mornings and late evenings for walleyes and some perch.  Silver bass still biting strong with nice small mouths as well!!!

Enemy Swim, & Waubay Lake area:

Enemy Swim:  Crappie and Bluegills fair to good, along with a few Walleye.
Waubay Lake:  Walleye and Silver bass fair.  A few pike and perch.

Clark Area, Double P Ranch: Double P Ranch Lodge:  (651-357-2764);

September 5th, 2014:  The fishing for walleye and jumbo perch has slowed down.
Dry Lake (Willow Lake):  Fishing is slow.  Anglers are catching a few walleye and jumbo perch
Dry Lake (Clark): No report.
Indian Springs:  Anglers report slow fishing for walleyes and jumbo perch.
Make Double P Ranch your ice fishing headquarters only minutes away from the hot action.

Lake Kampeska, Grass Lake & Dry Lake area:
Lake Kampeska:  A few walleye
Dry Lake #3 (by Florence):  Walleyes fair.

Big Stone Lake area:

Another week of good fishing on Big Stone Lake!  The perch bite continues and we are even seeing some bluegill, an occasional crappie and even a few walleye.

The same spots are kicking out fish...Manhattan Reef, Goose Isle, Grape Vine, Bay View and the Windmill Reef areas.  Anglers just have to move around a little to find the school of fish in those areas.  We have had anglers go out and get a limit of perch in an hour...can not verify the size of fish, but the bite is hot. Bait of choice remains with the spikes, followed by pieces of nightcrawler and then minnows on a simples presentation of a hook and some split shot just off the bottom. Some anglers like using ice fishing lures and bobbers, but the best luck is keeping it simple...less for the perch to have to tug on!

The walleye being picked up are from casting and some trolling. The weeds are starting to turn brown and disappearing...that is making it easier to troll and cast the fishermen's  favorite spots.

Lake Traverse, MN
(Courtesy of Todd Johnson at Wing N Fin Resort on Lake Traverse.  605-237-8323)
October 14th, 2014:  Fall fishing continues to be excellent.  Daytime walleye, northern trolling crankbaits.  Minnows and jigs close to shore are also producing evening/night fish.  Bluegills are going on rockpiles. 
For more information, call Todd @ cell 605-237-8323, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit

Eden, South Dakota  
Joe Honer  
No report.

Gary Gangle, Fish Hunter Guide Service 
September 12th, 2014:  Water temps. have dropped to 62 degrees and with the recent cold front it may continue to drop even more.  But this tells us the fall bite will start to get better every day now.  The bite has been good on most all the lakes in our region.  Walleyes have cooperated most all of the summer with several fish in that 23-26 inch class and limits in that 16-17 inch size.  The panfish bite has also been excellent.  Lots of nice bluegill and perch.  Many of the perch are 12-13 inches.  Good quality.  We have been catching fish on most all the glacial lakes and as I stated earlier it is only going to get better with the active fall bite approaching.  So now is the time to come fish our beautiful glacial lake region.

Be sure to follow the daily action on our Facebook page - Fish Hunter Guide Service or our website recent photos of the good fishing.  For personal fishing information, please call 605-448-5751 or 605-881-3458 and ask for Gary or Scott or e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Waubay Lake Guide Service
Cory Ewing
(605) 929-3894,
July 1st, 2014:  The walleye bite around the Webster, Waubay area continues to be very strong.  Waubay Lake is still putting out good numbers of walleyes, and we are starting to see some perch as well.  Swan Lake has a fair bite going for walleyes, as well as Piyas Lake which is doing good for eater size walleyes and 9 to 11 inch perch.  Keep in mind that you will need a tribal permit to use the north boat ramp access on Piyas Lake.  If you would like more information on a guided fishing trip in the Glacial Lakes region, please give me a call.  Good luck out there!

Kettle & Cattail Lake area:

No report.


Lake Poinsett area:
Pike fair.  A few walleye and perch.

Pelican Lake:

A few Walleye.

Piyas Lake:
Walleyes fair and perch fair to good.

Goose Lake:

81 Ponds & Sinai area:

81 Ponds:  Walleyes and smallmouth bass fair.  A few perch as well.
Sinai:  Walleyes fair on spinners.

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