Fishing Reports


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UPDATED: March 2nd, 2015 

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Weather Forecast:

Highs for the 7 day forecast are as follows:  Highs mostly in the 20's all this week except for Wednesdays high of 3.  Friday and Saturday start to rise in to the mid to upper 30s.  Except for the high winds (20-25 mph), the week looks to be a nice one.  Monday night in to Tuesday looks to bring in 2-4" of new snow.  Blizzard watch/warning in affect for most of Tuesday due to new snow and high winds.

Lows for the 7 day forecast are as follows:  Lows Monday night of 22 before dropping below zero Tuesday and Wednesday nights.  Lows the rest of the week look to be in the low 20's.

Please check the local weather channels for more details.

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Anglers are reminded that all fish houses, shelters and other structures must be removed from the ice by midnight on Feb. 28th, 2015.  Fish houses, shelters and other structures may be used after Feb. 28th, 2015, but must be removed from the ice on a daily basis.

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
March 1, 2015:  The perch fishing was better for some of our guests this past weekend at Bitter Lake.  Some had limits of very nice perch while others did not fare so well.  Enemy Swim Lake remained good for Bluegill.  We ahd guests who caught and released some very nice walleye at Reetz Lake but also caught some keeper size perch.

Bitter Lake
(Courtesy of Bitter Lake Lodge (605)-947-5005 ) 
March 2, 2015:  Fishing has been picking up on Bitter.  More keeper walleyes have been reported and some fisherman have been getting their limits of perch.

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.)
February 27, 2015:  Good crowd for the weekend.  Picked up about 2-3 inches of new fluffy snow.  East Waubay has been good in late day or early morning.  School Bus has been seeing walleye with an evening bite after 6pm.  Cottonwood is a good choice for pike.  Enemy Swim has been seeing bluegill in the late afternoon on the SW Bay area.  Ice is holding good at 28-30 inches.  Ice fishing will be going for another couple weeks yet. 

Grenville Sport Mart & Waubay Lake Lodging
(Courtesy of Grenville Sport Mart and Waubay Lake Lodging, 1-605-486-4641)  We have house rentals available.
March 2, 2015:  Walleye bite is pretty good in the evenings out here but the perch are still fairly quiet, some guys having luck some guys not.  School Bus ahs been doing ok and some guys having luck off the state acess at Grenville as well.  Things are pretty spread out for the most part.  Ice conditions remain good app. 30" of ice and heaves are still visiable.

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

February 25, 2015:  Ice conditions are generally good for vehicle traffic.  Take caution to avoid ice heaves.
Dry Lake (Willow Lake):  Anglers report improving success, catching jumbo perch with some walleye mixed in.
Dry Lake (Clark): no report.
Indian Springs:  Sporadic success catching walleye and perch.  Decent pike action during the day.
Giese Slough:  Action has slowed somewhat.  Many smaller perch are being caught, with occasional 14". 

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 on Lake Traverse.  605-237-8323)
February 17th, 2015:  Lake Traverse ice conditions have improved.  Still be cautious around the islands, especially South end of Jensen Island.  Northern spearing is open thru February 22nd.  Walleye/Northern season ends March 1st and re-opens April 18th.  Jigs/minnows, tip-ups and chubs are producing both walleye and northern.
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Gary Gangle, Fish Hunter Guide Service 

February 23, 2015:  We currently ahve plenty of ice (over 30 inches).  The fishing has slowed, but we are still catching some nice perch, and the pike has been excellent.  The pike have been nice size with a 4-10 lb. range.  The walleye bite has been mostly a late evening bite.  Some nights have been great and some nights it has been a tough bite.  People are always asking which lake has the best bite.  I think all the local lakes have been good.  The key is knowing the right location and presentation.  Remember we have over 40 lakes in our Glacial Lake region that have been good most all winter. 
For more detailed information, contact us at 605-448-5751 or 605-881-3854 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 .  Follow us on our website or our facebook page.

Lake Poinsett, Lake Whitewood, Brush Lake area:
(Courtesy of Arlington Inn, Arlington.  605-983-4609)
March 2, 2015:  A few fish being caught at Lake Oakwood.  Very busy at Lake Thompson.  A few fishermen wandered up to Waubay Lake and did very well. 

Waubay Lake Guide Service

Cory Ewing
(605) 929-3894,
No report.

Eden, South Dakota  
Joe Honer  
No report.

81 Ponds:
Walleyes fair and a few perch west pond.  A few perch east pond.

Antelope Lake:
Little activity.

Big Stone Lake:
Anglers continue to report a fairly slow perch bite.  The best bite continues to be the early mornings and late afternoons.  A walleye or two can be caught on the north end of the lake.  Ice conditions continue to be a little on the unsafe side and inconsistent in places, so please use caution.

Bitter Lake:
Anglers continue to struggle to find many perch.  Numerous smaller walleye are being caught.

Blue Dog Lake:
Walleyes fair.

Casey's Slough:
Little activity.

Cattail Lake:
Good walleye bite off the main lake points after dark.

Clubhouse Slough: Anglers are still catching a few limits of perch, but the bite has slowed down significantly.

Cottonwood Lake (Spink County):
Anglers are catching a few pike in the shallow waters.  The only access that is useable is along Highway 26 on the west side of the lake.  All other accesses have large ice heaves blocking them.

Cottonwood (Marshall County): Great northern bite along with the occasional walleye.

Cottonwood (Clark County):
Fishermen are catching a few perch and northern pike.

Dry Lake #1 (Clark):
Perch and walleye bite has slowed down, but fishermen are still catching a few fish.  Fishermen should use caution around the ice heave at the southwest portion of the lake.

Dry Lake #3 (Florence):
Anglers are still having luck catching walleye on the road beds at night, as well as some nice sized northern pike.

Dry Lake #2 (Willow Lake):
Fishermen are catching a few perch, walleye and northern pike.  Fishermen should use caution around the ice heave on the north side of the lake. 

Enemy Swim:
Anglers are catching a few bluegill, crappie and walleye.

Goose Lake:
Anglers have experienced a good perch bite with perch ranging from 6 to 9 inches.  There were a few walleye being caught in the early evening hours.

Grass Lake:
No angler reports.

Horseshoe Lake:
There are a few anglers trying their luck and picking up a few perch.  The bite is slow.

Indian Springs:
Fishermen are catching a few nice walleye, perch and the occasional northern pike.

Kettle Lake:

Lake Hendricks:
A few perch.

Lake Kampeska:
Fishing has slowed down on the north end of the lake by City Park.  Fishermen are reporting catching a few perch and crappie with some walleye thrown into the mix.

Lake Pelican:
Pelican continues to ahve slow fishing activity this week.

Lake Poinsett:
Slow activity at Poinsett the last week.  Fishermen are spread out catching a few perch.  The walleye bite has been minimal.  Reminder:  There is a 15 inch minimum length on walleye.

Lake Preston: 

Lake Thompson:
A few walleye and perch.  Crappie fair in Schaeffer's Slough.

Lake Traverse, MN:
Anglers are finding an occasional walleye and perch.  A few white bass are also being caught.  Most activity is on the north end of the lake.

Lynn Lake:
Anglers are having success catching a few nice walleyes in the overnight hours.

West Oakwood:
A few walleye and perch.

Opitz Lake:
A few walleye are being caught in the morning and evening, but overall, slow.

Pickerel Lake:
Anglers are catching a few crappies on the north end of the lake.

Piyas Lake:
Slow with very little angler activity.

Anglers are catching some nice perch during daylight hours and a few nice walleye during the overnight hours.  Reminder:  there is a 28 inch minimum on walleye with a daily limit of one.

Richmond Lake:
Anglers have been catching bluegill, crappie and some small walleye.  Most of the walleye are less than 15 inches, so bring your measuring boards.  The ice conditions have improved, but there are still some weak ice areas by the west and north bridges.  Anglers who have been fishing by the Youth Camp have had the best success.

Roy Lake:
A few perch and northern have been caught, but overall, slow.

A few walleye.

Swan Lake:
Fishermen are catching a few walleye towards evening.  Fishermen should use caution as a vehicle fell through the ice between 155th and 156th street out from a point coming off the west shore.

Waubay Lake:
Anglers are having some success catching a few perch and walleye.  Most anglers are still using the Kanago boat ramp to access the lake.

Fair for perch and a few walleye.

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