Fishing Reports

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UPDATED:  December 12, 2017 

Weather Forecast:

Book your ice fishing trips now!  Once safe ice forms on area lakes, we will begin regular fishing report updates. 

Check out our resort and bait shop links below for more information. Tell them Glacial Lakes sent you! 
Looking to plan your fall South Dakota hunting trip?  Check out our membership directory for lodging, guides, resorts, and more! 

Bitter Lake & Waubay Lakes:
(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.)

December 12, 2017:  Ice fishing really got going this past weekend.  There were lots of people out on Bitter Lake and Waubay Lake and limits of walleye were taken on both lakes.  Early morning and late afternoon and early evening were the best times.  Ten inches of ice were reported on areas that have been frozen for a long time.  There were still numerous open areas on both lakes last week and some still remain.  Extreme caution needs to e taken when fishing.

Northeast South Dakota
(Courtesy of Gary and Scott Gangle at Fish Hunter Guide Service, 605-881-3854,
(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)

November 17, 2017:  Fishing is between open water and freeze up.  Roy Lake and Clear lake are still open, but the small lakes all have ice.  It is a good time to check the winter gear and start preparing for that first ice fishing trip.  About two to three weeks at the earliest, because it sounds like nice weather over Thanksgiving, leaving us with unsafe ice.  Once we are on the ice I will post another report.  Give us a call to book your ice fishing needs.  605-448-5751 or 605-698-1854 and ask for Gary or Scott.

Hidden Hill Lodge:
(Courtesy of Lorrie Sanderson at Hidden Hill Lodge, 605-550-0455,

Opitz, Big Stone Lake & Lake Albert, Poinsett 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.)

Big Stone Lake:
(Presented by Fishermens Net Guide Service LLC, 605-881-3379)

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

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

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!)

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


Following Weekly Report provided by South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks:  Week of December 12, 2017, click here for the complete report.

Hunting season license deadlines and Applications available on line:
Click here to get a copy of the applications forms from South Dakota's Game, Fish & Parks Department.