Fishing Reports


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UPDATED: November 21st, 2014 

Weather Forecast:
Highs for the 7 day forecast are as follows:  13 Thursday, 27 Friday, 33 Saturday, 34 Sunday, 20 Monday.  Nightly lows:  12 Wednesday, 2 Thursday, -4 Friday, 19 Saturday, 22 Sunday, 15 Monday.  Next chance of snow is expected for Monday.  However, flurries have been seen intermittently daily.

Please check the local weather channels for more details.

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Brown County:
All lakes froze over last week.  Ice is not safe to venture on.

Clark County:
No fishing report.  The lakes are freezing over and ice conditions are unsafe.

Codington County:
There is little to no activity throughout the area.  We are transitioning to ice-fishing and some are starting to venture out.  Use caution as ice conditions vary. 

Grant County: 
Big Stone Lake:
Ice conditions still are unfavorable at this time.  The Perch bite should be pretty good again this winter.  There have been geese wtill utilizing the lake, so the ice thickness will be inconsistent. 

Hamlin County:
There is little to no activity throughout the area.  Ice is forming, but use caution as conditions vary.

Marshall County:
Some fishing activity has been observed.  Please use caution!  Ice has formed on most bodies of water across the county.  Ice conditions are unsafe and variable.

Day County:
All small and large bodies of water have frozen.  There are a few small pockets of open water that can be found on Waubay and Bitter.  All fishermen should use extreme caution when ice fishing, especially this early in November.  Ice fishermen have been fishing small bodies of water, but no reports have been taken to date.

Deuel County:
Ice conditions are getting better, but please continue to use caution on all lakes.  Ice thickness is about an average of 5 inches.

Faulk County:
There is little to no fishing throughout the area as ice if forming.

McPherson & Edmunds Counties:
There is 3 to 4 inches of ice.  use caution.

Roberts County:
No activity due to poor ice conditions.

Spink County:
Ice is new and thin on a lot of areas.  Use caution.

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
November 19th, 2014:  Looks like winter and the ice fishing season is here.  We have noticed some ice fishing activity on both Blue Dog and Rush Lakes recently.  Fishermen are walking on, of course.  Reports are that there is about 4 inches of ice.  Caution is advised on this early season ice. 

Bitter Lake
(Courtesy of Bitter Lake Lodge (605)-947-5005 ) 
November 19th, 2014:  There is some good ice forming with the colder temperatures.  4" currently in most areas with ice changing daily.

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!!!

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

November 19th, 2014:  There are warmer spots on the lakes so people ned to beware.
Dry Lake (Willow Lake):  No report
Dry Lake (Clark): No report.
Indian Springs:  We have 8" of ice and there have been fishermen, although we do not have any reports.
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)
November 19th, 2014:  Reports of good walleye fishing on minnows.  Public access areas walk-on w/portables.  Northern pike on tip-ups N chubs.  Most fishing is within 500' of shore.  Appx. 4" of good ice and growing.
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!

81 Ponds:
A few walleye and perch.

Antelope Lake:

Big Stone Lake:
Few perch.

Bitter Lake:
A few walleyes.

Blue Dog Lake:
Few walleyes.

Casey's Slough:
A few walleyes.

Cattail Lake:

Cottonwood Lake: 

Dry Lake #1 (Clark):
A few walleyes.

Dry Lake #3 (Florence):
Few walleyes.

Dry Lake #2 (Willow Lake):
Few walleyes and perch.

Enemy Swim:
Ice covered.

Goose Lake:

Grass Lake:

Horseshoe Lake:
Few walleyes.

Indian Springs:
A few perch and walleye.

Kettle Lake:

Lake Hendricks:
Iced over.

Lake Kampeska:
Iced over.

Lake Pelican:
Few walleyes.

Lake Poinsett:
Iced over.

Lake Preston:

Lake Thompson:
A few walleye, perch, and crappie.

Lake Traverse, MN:
Iced over.

Lynn Lake:
A few walleyes.

West Oakwood:
Iced over.

Opitz Lake: 

Pickerel Lake:
Iced over.

Piyas Lake:
Perch fair.

Few walleyes and crappie.

Roy Lake:
Iced over.

A few walleye.

Swan Lake:
Few walleyes.

Waubay Lake:
A few walleyes and perch.

Iced over.

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