Fishing Reports


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UPDATED: August 24th, 2014 

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

Bitter Lake, Reetz & Swan Lake area:

Bitter Lake:  Walleyes and pike fair.
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
August 18th, 2014:  It was another good weekend of fishing at area lakes.  Bitter Lake, Minnewasta Lake, and Piyas Lake were particularly good for our recent guests.

Bitter Lake
(Courtesy of Bitter Lake Lodge (605)-947-5005 ) 
July 20th, 2014:  Still lots of 13-14 1/2" walleyes with an occasional keeper, with some over 20".  Some anglers have caught their limits, but very spotty.

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.)
June 27, 2014:  Piyas seems to be the busiest lake.  However you do need a Tribal license to fish there.  Bitter Lake is seeing pretty good numbers of walleye with lots of sorting.  Opitz seems to be the same as Bitter.  All in all the fishing is good in the area, heading in all directions.  Water levels are up and all access areas are usable.  No flooding yet.  Waubay is not at it's peak yet and Bitter seems to be as full as it ever has. 

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:  Silver bass fair.  A few pike, perch, and walleye.

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

August 15th, 2014:  The fishing for walleye and pike has been excellent most days.
Dry Lake (Willow Lake):  Crank baits and spinners with crawlers are producing limits of walleyes in the 15-19" range.  Some anglers are catching jumbo perch to 2 lbs.  Pike are averaging 5-7 lbs with occasional 10 lbs plus.
Dry Lake (Clark): Anglers catching 15-19" walleye on crawlers and crank baits.
Indian Springs:  Excellent fishing most days.  Walleyes 16-20" 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):  A few walleye

Big Stone Lake area:
Limits are being caught by working the Grape Vine, BayView, Goose Isle, Manhattan Reef, Windmill Reef and around Cramer's Resort.  Of course, the dock and shoreline fishing remains good.  The perch, white bass, occasional walleye, sheephead or northern made it easy to set the hook and put some fish in the pan.

Lake Traverse, MN
(Courtesy of Todd Johnson at Wing N Fin Resort on Lake Traverse.  605-237-8323)
August 24th, 2014:  Fishing of all species is very good.  Walleye are hitting crankbaits on rockpiles and island reefs.  Crawlers and spinners are producing walleye, whitebass, drum, and catfish.  Daredevils, bucktail spinner baits, and rubber-plastic swimming shads are producing nice pike.  Bluegills are suspended in 7' - 9' of water off rock bottoms, and in 6' or less on soft-bottom weed bed areas.  Labor Day weather is setting up for great fishing at Wing N Fin Resort on Lake Traverse, don't miss out!
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 
July 9th, 2014:  Fishing continues to be unbelievable.  Walleye, perch, crappies, and big bluegills just seem to keep biting non-stop.  Walleyes are excellent in size 16-19 inch class with some 24-26 inch fish mixed in.  Limits of perch seem to be a daily event, especially when the wind is not blowing too hard.  Most all the local lakes are producing great fishing action.  It helps to have good knowledge of the lake you want to fish, so you don't spend too much time chasing some of the crowds that are out there.

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:
Walleye and perch fair to good.

Goose Lake:

81 Ponds & Sinai area:

81 Ponds:  Walleyes and smallmouth bass fair.
Sinai:  Walleyes fair on spinners.

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