Fishing Reports


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UPDATED: February 1, 2016 

Please use extreme caution while traveling on ice.  Lakes in the northern region are a little thicker thant he ones to the south.  Each week we seem to see at least one vehicle break through the ice.  Make sure to check ice depth before venturing out on this season's lakes.  Regular fishing reports will begin again once there is ice formed on the area lakes.  In the meantime, please check out the following members.

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Bitter Lake, Blue Dog Lake & Waubay Lake area: (Courtesy of Circle Pines Motel 1-877-324-5161)
Circle Pines Motel  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 1-877-324-5161

February 1, 2016: Fishing success was mixed this past weekend.  Most of our guests fished on Bitter Lake.  We did have a group who fished on Bitter Lake and got their walleyes and about half a limit of really nice perch, 13 inch plus fish.  They got the perch in deeper water.  We had other guests who struggled to catch fish.

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.)

January 25, 2016:  Amazing amount of people out this last weekend with the nice weather.  Bitter Lake has been very very busy.  There is 18 to 20 inches of ice but watch out for the heaves.  Walleyes are being caught in the early morning or late afternoon/evening.  The minimum restriction was removed so you can have any 4 walleye with 1 over 20 inches.  Waubay Lake saw some fish caught on South Walleye.  Little activity on Enemy Swim with mixed results.  Have heard that Cottonwood Lake has been good for pike.  Perch success in the regions has been poor. 

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

January 25, 2016:  Walleyes ahve been consistent on Waubay, Perch are still slow, tough to find and stay on top of.  Some big northerns cruising through the area as well.  Most guys still fishing fairly deep, keep an eye on the ice over by School Bus Point, ice heave beginning over there.  It's pretty slushy in spots where the heave is trying to push up.  Otherwise ice conditions have been good.

Lynn Lake Lodge
Paul and Karen Johnson, 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.

January 25, 2016:  Lots of fishermen, but not too many fish this weekend.  Saw limits come off of Bitter, nice perch off south Buffalo.  You need to put in the time to catch the fish.  Depths and presentation varies, but that's fishing.  Enough quality fish to keep it interesting....

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

January 25, 2016:  Recent anglers report good walleye (15-20") bite on Dry Lake using fathead minnows.  Perch bite has slowed down.

Lake Poinsett, Lake Whitewood, Brush Lake area:
(Courtesy of Arlington Inn, Arlington.  605-983-4609)

January 25, 2016:  The motel has been full of fishermen.  They have been having great luck still at Poinsett, and White Wood Lake.  Early morning and later evening is best.

Bitter Lake
(Courtesy of Bitter Lake Lodge, 605-947-5005 ) 

January 25, 2016:  Fishing has been good.  Many limits of walleyes being reported.  Few nice perch are being caught as well.

Gary Gangle, Fish Hunter Guide Service
If you are getting excited about ice fishing, feel free to give us a call at 605-448-5751 or 605-881-3854 or check out fishing report on our website or our facebook page.  (Guides - Gary and Scott Gangle)

January 24, 2016:  The ice is now 22-25 inches.  The walleye bite continues to be good in the mornings and evenings.  Lots of nice fish 17-23 inches.  The pike bite has been good all winter.  Several fish in that 7-8 lb class.  We landed one this week that was 38 1/2 inches and 15 lbs.  The panfish bite has been a hit and miss.  Some days are great and others very slow.  We did catch some nice crappies this past week.  Check our website for recent photos.

Lake Traverse, MN
(Courtesy of Todd Johnson at Wing N Fin Resort, Hotel and Reunion Hall on Lake Traverse.  605-237-8323)
For more information, contact Todd @ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or cell 605-237-8323

January 4, 2016:  improved ice conditions.  Ice varies from apptx. 5-10 inches.  4-wheelers and snowmobiles only.  Caution is always advised near rock piles and islands.  Good walleye fishing has been reported north of Rainbow.  Several spear houses are also out....usually placed within 250 feet from shore.
Plan your outing today!  Win N Fin Resort-Hotel-Reunion Place visit

Waubay Lake Guide Service
Cory Ewing
(605) 929-3894,
We would love to spend a few days in the boat with anyone interested in booking a trip with us, contact me by phone at 605-929-3894, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , check out our website at and follow us on Facebook under Waubay Lake Guide Service. 

81 Ponds:

Big Stone Lake:

Bitter Lake:

Blue Dog Lake:

Casey's Slough:

Dry Lake #1 (Clark):

Dry Lake #3 (Florence):

Dry Lake #2 (Willow Lake):

Enemy Swim:

Goose Lake:

Horseshoe Lake:

Indian Springs:

Lake Cochrane:

Lake Hendricks:

Lake Kampeska:

Lake Pelican:

Lake Poinsett:

Lake Thompson:

Lake Traverse, MN:

Lynn Lake:

West Oakwood:


Pickerel Lake:

Piyas Lake:


Roy Lake:


Swan Lake:

Waubay Lake:


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