Fishing Reports

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UPDATED:  February 14, 2018 

Weather Forecast:

Please be cautious when out on the ice.  Due to fluctuating temperatures and natural springs, etc., the area lakes can be dangerous if traveling with a motor vehicle.  Book your ice fishing trips now! 

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Lake Poinsett:
(Courtesy of Deb Wingle at Arlington Inn, Arlington, 605-983-4609,

February 14, 2018:  The fishing slowed up around here this past weekend.  The fishermen that stayed here last night (Tuesday) actually did pretty good at Poinsett in the early morning and later at night.  They picked up some nice size walleyes, perch, and a few small mouth bass.

Lake Traverse, MN
(Courtesy of Todd Johnson at Wing N Fin Resort on Lake Traverse, 605-237-8323,

February 12, 2018:  Reports activ fishing up and down lake.  Good ice conditions.  Walleye-Northern-Bluegill.  Most access in good condition.

Lynn Lake Lodge:
(Courtesy of Paul and Karen Johnson at Lynn Lake Lodge, 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!)

February 12, 2018:  Occasional walleye on Lynn.  Perch and walleye off Bitter.  Lots of little blue gill and perch on Enemy Swim.  Night fishing was appartently good when the moon was full.  Waiting for it to warm up a bit!

Hidden Hill Lodge:
(Courtesy of Lorrie Sanderson at Hidden Hill Lodge, 605-550-0445,

February 12, 2018:  Fishing has been fantastic, but catching has been horrible!  Many fishermen have been trying hard but only a few fish were caught.  It has been extremely slow between bites.  The whole area is slow right now.  The bite has been running true to the barometric pressure believers that say they do not bite during high pressure.  Hopefully, with the warm weather coming, the bite will come too.  Remember, bad day of fishing is still better than a good day at work!  Catching is a bonus when fishing. 

Bitter Lake & Rush, Big Stone 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.)

February 11, 2018:  Starting to pick up again a little bit.  Seemed to be a little better this weekend. Most of the activity seems to be on Bitter Lake.  Getting walleyes at all depths, mostly in the evening and night time.  Starting to get more perch as well.   Not much news on Big Stone Lake or Waubay Lake.  We have a good 20+ inches of ice right now with very little snow. 

Northeast South Dakota
(Courtesy of Gary and Scott Gangle at Fish Hunter Guide Service, 605-448-5751 or 605-881-3854.  Check out the fishing report on our website or our Facebook page.

February 8, 2018:  The ice is about 30 inches.  Fishing has been good for panfish, pike, and walleye.  The panfish bite has been good with several limits.  The pike fishing has been excellent with lots of 3-6 lb. fish, and the walleye bite has been a little slower with some good action in the early morning or evening hours.  Knowing the local lakes has been an asset for finding a good bite.  Many people have been saying the action has been slow.  Check out our website for recent dated photos.

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

February 5, 2018:  Fishing has been steady.  Several reports of walleyes being caught along with a few perch.

Bitter Lake, Opitz & Waubay Lakes:
(Courtesy of Les Ernst 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, 2018: no report. 

Following Weekly Report provided by South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks:  Week of February 13, 2018, click here for the complete report.

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