Fishing Reports

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UPDATED:  September 20, 2017 

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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.)

September 20, 2017:  A tough stretch this past week with a lot of wind.  A couple guys did well for walleyes on Bitter, coming in from the west off 442.  Perch bite looks good on Lake Albert, Lake Poinsett and Big Stone Lake.  Opitz is seeing good numbers.  However, there are a lot of small fish and a lot of sorting.  Waubay Lake was a little slow.

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.)

September 19, 2017:  Best Walleye crank bait fishing of the season!  Crawlers for Bluegills and Bass.  All species active.

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!)

September 18, 2017:  It was a slow weekend because of the major cold front that came through.  A few smallmouth, a few walleye, and a few northerns came in.  Hopefully a better week ahead.

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

September 18, 2017:  Light activity this past week.  Still reports of walleyes being caught.  Several under the 15" range.

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

September 18, 2017:  Some fishermen struggled this week.  The weather was also very unstable.  A few nice walleyes were caught at Hidden Hill Lake, but they definitely did not like the constantly changing weather.  It was a crazy hot bite for the bass fishermen when they found the small mouth bass at a nearby lake.  Opitz is still producing nice walleyes.  Tip of the Week:  Get those "honey do" jobs done because the fall bite and duck season will soon be here.  Remember the ice is always free at HHL.

Big Stone Lake & Waubay Lake:
(Presented by Fishermens Net Guide Service LLC, 605-881-3379)

September 11, 2017:  Big Stone Lake:  There is still a good perch bite on Big Stone right now.  Most of the perch are in the 9" range with a few over 10".  Most of the fishermen are anchored and jigging them up.  Here is a hing!  Get rid of the bobber and tie on your favorite ice jig tipped with spikes and vertically work it beneath the boat.  Anglers that are pulling plugs are getting nicer perch and a few walleyes at the same time.  Waubay Lake:  In September on any given day there will be walleyes off the points while others are cruising the basin.  On the points sue bouncers and snells with minnows or crawlers and you'll catch fish.  A favorite method for basin fish is pulling lead core and crankbaits.  The walleyes are in good shape and the large White Bass are on a bite right now.  These basin fish move so you'll have to find them.  Keep a Tight Line!

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 22, 2017:  It looks like we are rapidly approaching that fall season for fishing.  Water temp is 69-71 degrees.  The walleye bite has been a little slow, and most of the fish are still in deeper water.  I look for that to change soon with the water temps dropping daily.  The pan fish bite has still been strong with lots of nice bluegills, and an occasional crappie.  The smallie bite has continued to be strong with lots of fish in that 16-18 inch class.  For more detailed information follow us on our website or our Facebook page.

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

July 25, 2017:  No report.

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.

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 September 20, 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.