Fishing Reports

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UPDATED:  October 10, 2018 

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Northeast South Dakota
Water temp. continues to drop - it is currently 46-47 degrees.  The fish are a little sluggish and live bait seems to work the best.  The fall smallmouth bite has been outstanding this past week.  Lots of fish.  The walleye bite has definitely picked up.  The fish are shallow, especially during low light.  The pike bite has also been excellent.  We have been catching limits of pike in that 3-5 lbs. range.  However, if this weather continues to stay cold, we may have to start thinking about freeze up and ice fishing.  I do think we have two to three weeks of good fall fishing still ahead of us.  - Fish Hunter Guide Service

An extremely good bite on Big Stone Lake for perch.  Mostly in the 9-11" range.  Opitz is great for walleye, with a lot of action there.  A lot of 14" fish.  Remember, the limit there is 2 a day with a 15" minimum.  Not a lot of action on Bitter Lake, other than some shore fishing.  There's only a little bit of interest on Waubay.  – Sportsman’s Cove

Fishing Reports Provided By:
Fish Hunter Guide Service, Watertown:  605-881-3854,
Sportsman’s Cove, Webster:  605-345-2468,

Following Weekly Report provided by South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks:  Week of October 10, 2018, click here for the complete report.

Hunting season license deadlines and Applications available on line:
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