Fishing Reports

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UPDATED:  April 17, 2017 

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Northeast South Dakota
(Courtesy of Gary and Scott Gangle at Fish Hunter Guide Service, 605-448-5751 or 605-881-3854, www.fishhunterguideservice.com)
(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)

April 15, 2017:  There has been a lot of talk about the new regulations for fishing local lakes.  The only lakes that it will have an impact on in Marshall County will be Cattail-Kettle and Bullhead lakes.  The walleye spawn is about over and we can start looking forward to the post spawn bite.  The walleye bite has been good in early mornings and late evenings.  Shallow water is the ticket.  We really have not fished for any panfish as of yet, but I look for a good crappie and bluegill bite along with strong smallmouth action.

Northeast South Dakota:
(Courtesy of Nick Fosness, Northern Lights Inn, Britton, 605-448-2438, www.northernlightsinn.net )

April 11, 2017:  I'll spin positive reinforcement that our NESD lakes are not all closed.  Many opportunities to fish still exist up here.  The ice is off, walleye and bass seasons are underway, and I would not hesitate to fish the many lakes this area offers.  Waubay, Bitter, Roy, Clear, Buffalo Chain, Red Iron Chain, Enemy Swim, Pickerel, Opitz - just to name a few, are all good options for multiple species.  Boat or shore, all are good fishing options. 

The early spring jig bite is on.  Catching is rewarding, but the pursuit is the fun part.

Lake Poinsett, Lake Whitewood, Brush Lake area:
(Courtesy of Deb Wingle at Arlington Inn, Arlington, 605-983-4609, www.arlingtoninn.net)

April 10, 2017:  Fishing was good this past weekend.  They did great on Lake Poinsett.

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

April 10, 2017:  Little activity so far, some people from shore did get some walleyes in evening.

2017 Northeast Glacial Lakes Fishing Forecast -
(Presented by Fishermens Net Guide Service LLC, www.fishermensnetsd.com 605-881-3379)

What I plan to do here for the next few weeks is not to give a fishing report (because we're entering a transition period, ice to open water) but to highlight a few lakes every week and a lake survey history along with my 2017 fishing forecast.  Not only will we visit the more popular lakes, I'll hit some of the lakes that are more off the beaten path.

Week 5 (4-3-17): It's safe to say that most of the lakes from Highway 212 and south are ice free.  Going north of Highway 212 there are some lakes that have ice and will have for a week or two.  It'll all depend on high temperatures and wind conditions.  If we can get some rain and wind the lakes further north will completely open up soon.

For more information on Lake Traverse (SD/MN Border Water), click here.

Week 4 (3-27-17):  The boat and sport shows are all but through and most people are waiting for the area lakes to be ice free.  Open water is my favorite time of the year.  

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 Cottonwood Lake (Clark County), Lake Poinsett and Swan Lake, click here.

Clark Area:  Indian Springs
(Courtesy of Cyrus Mahmoodi at Double P Ranch Lodge, 651-357-2764, www.doublepranch.com)
(Make Double P Ranch your fishing headquarters only minutes away from the hot action.  We have boat rental and guided fishing.)

March 28, 2017: 
There is still quite a bit of ice on the water in our area.

Waubay Lakes, Horseshoe Lake, Antelope Lake, & Pickerel Lake 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.)

March 27, 2017: 
Pretty quiet these days.  Very little snow left, mostly in shelter belts and ditches.  There is still some ice on the big lakes, about 1 foot or more on big waters.  Sloughs 20 acres and less are open.  Sloughs 20 to 100 acres varies from open to still iced over.  Fishing is walk out only with extreme caution.  Little bit of culverts open, with a little shore fishing. 

Lake Traverse, MN
(Courtesy of Todd Johnson at Wing N Fin Resort, Hotel and Reunion Hall on Lake Traverse, 605-237-8323, www.wingnfintraverse.com, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

March 27, 2017:  Ice is out at 70%, should be completely out by end of week.  April 22nd is MN/SD Border Walleye-Northern Opener!  Book prime April/May/June and Holiday dates today!

Lynn Lake Lodge
(Courtesy of Paul and Karen Johnson at Lynn Lake Lodge, Webster, 605-345-4564 or 605-237-0309, www.lynnlakelodge.com)
(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.)

March 13, 2017:  No report.

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

March 7, 2017:  No report.

Hidden Hill Lodge:
(Courtesy of Lorrie Sanderson at Hidden Hill Lodge, 605-550-0455, www.hiddenhilllodge.com)

February 27, 2017:  No report.

Bitter Lake, Blue Dog Lake & Waubay 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.)

February 6, 2017:  No report.


South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Weekly Outdoor Report:  Week of April 12, 2017, click here.


81 Ponds
(Brookings County): 

Big Stone Lake (Roberts County): 

Bitter Lake (Day County):  Very few anglers have been venturing onto the ice.  High winds and warm temperatures from the previous week have deteriorated shorelines on Waubay and Bitter Lake(s). 

Blue Dog Lake (Day County): 

Dry Lake #3 (Codington County): 

Enemy Swim Lake (Day County):  Travel on the lake by any means besides by foot is not recommended.

Horseshoe (Day County): 

Indian Springs Lake (Clark County):

Lake Albert (Kingsbury County): 

Lake Hendricks (Brookings County): 

Lake Herman (Lake County): .

Lake Kampeska (Codington County): 

Lake Pelican (Codington County): 

Lake Poinsett (Hamlin County):  A few anglers fished through the ice on Poinsett over the weekend.  Sunday was probably the end of being able to venture out on the ice.  Much of the north side is open.  Anglers caught a few walleye over 15 inches and some perch.  Most of the walleye are still under the size limit.

Lake Thompson (Kingsbury County): 

Lake Traverse (Roberts County): 

Oakwood Lake (Brookings County):  .

Opitz (Marshall County): 

Pickerel Lake (Day County): 

Piyas Lake (Day County):   

Roy Lake (Marshall County): 

Sinai Lake (Brookings County):

Waubay Lake (Day County):  Please see Bitter Lake report.


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