Fishing Reports


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UPDATED: October 6th, 2015 

Weather Forecast:

Weather for the 7 day forecast is as follows:  highs this week will be in the 60s and 70s with a chance of 80s on Sunday.  Lows will be in the 40s and 50s.  Winds look to be varied from 7 mph up to 22 mph.  Little chance of rain the next 5 days.  Best chance will be Wednesday afternoon/evening at 40%.  However, humidity will be above 50% the next 5 days. 

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Bitter Lake
(Courtesy of Bitter Lake Lodge, 605-947-5005 ) 
October 6, 2015:  Walleye fishing is doing good on Bitter Lake.  Several reports of walleye limits coming in.

Clark Area, Double P Ranch: Double P Ranch Lodge:  (651-357-2764);
Dry Lake (Willow Lake), Dry Lake (Clark), Indian Springs

October 6, 2015:  Recent anglers report an improving walleye bite (10"-17") on Dry Lakes I and II. 
Make Double P Ranch your ice fishing headquarters only minutes away from the hot action.  We have boat rental and guided fishing.

Bitter Lake, Blue Dog Lake & Waubay Lake area: (Courtesy of Circle Pines Motel 1-877-324-5161)
Circle Pines Motel  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 1-877-324-5161
October 5, 2015:  Fishing continues to be great on area lakes.  Our recent guests did very well for Walleye at Bitter Lake and Opitz Lake.  Lots of nice Bluegill from Enemy Swim Lake and Crappie from Pickerel Lake.  White Bass fishing was good on Waubay lake.  This is the time to come to the area for fishing.  Shore Fishing is very good too.

Lynn Lake Lodge
Paul and Karen Johnson, Webster.  605-345-4564 or 605-237-0309.

October 5, 2015:  Very few fishermen on Lynn this week.  Mostly duck hunters in the area, and they are doing very well.  Limits still coming off Opitz and Bitter.
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.

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 4, 2015: Windy the last few days have made it difficult.  Opitz is doing very well.  Walleye are seen in the 15'17 inch range.  Caught mostly in shallow waters.  Same for Bitter Lake, doing very good with big numbers.  Shallow waters best with minnows strong and crawlers as well.  Clear and Bitter Lake are good choices for Bluegill.  Perch have been sketchy with not much activity but Hazeldon will be your best choice.

Lake Poinsett, Lake Whitewood, Brush Lake area:
(Courtesy of Arlington Inn, Arlington.  605-983-4609)
October 1, 2015:  The fish are biting on the SE side of Lake Poinsett in 10-12 feet waters.

Lake Traverse, MN
(Courtesy of Todd Johnson at Wing N Fin Resort, Hotel and Reunion Hall on Lake Traverse.  605-237-8323)
September 29, 2015:  Reports best panfishing of the season.  Rock piles are producing bluegill, perch, white bass and more!  Walleyes on crankbaits during the day, crawlers and minnows from shore evening into dark.

For more information, contact Todd @ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or cell 605-237-8323
Plan your outing today!  Win N Fin Resort-Hotel-Reunion Place visit

Gary Gangle, Fish Hunter Guide Service 
September 27, 2015:  The water temp. is currently 62-64 degrees.  I noticed that a couple of the bigger lakes are starting to turn over.  The fishing action has been great.  The walleyes are going into shallow water and the pike action has been non-stop.  The Smallmouth are definitely in the fall pattern and the bite has been excellent for big smallies.  We caught several larger walleyes this past week.  The largest was over 29". 

If you would like more information and to view some of the fish that our clients recently caught, please check out our website or our facebook page.  Or just give us a call at 605-448-5751 or 605-881-3854 and ask for Gary or Scott.

Grenville Sport Mart & Waubay Lake Lodging
(Courtesy of Grenville Sport Mart and Waubay Lake Lodging, 1-605-486-4641)  We have house rentals available.
September 11, 2015:  Waubay has been doing well lately!  Nice limits of Walleye and Bluegill, some Perch are starting to show here and there.  Enemy Swim still has Bluegills biting as well.  Rumor has it Bitter Lake has lots of Walleyes biting.

Waubay Lake Guide Service
Cory Ewing
(605) 929-3894,
No report.
We would love to spend a few days in the boat with anyone interested in booking a trip with us, contact me by phone at 605-929-3894, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , check out our website at and follow us on Facebook under Waubay Lake Guide Service. 

81 Ponds:
Walleyes fair, along with a few perch.

Big Stone Lake:
Walleyes and perch fair.

Bitter Lake: Over the past month anglers have been experiencing an above average bite on Bitter Lake.  The vast majority of walleyes continue to be those around the 15" length minimum.  Anglers have had succes throughout the lake and have not been targeting one specific area on the lake in particular.

Blue Dog Lake:
A few walleyes.

Casey's Slough:
A few walleye.

Dry Lake #1 (Clark):
Fiishermen are catching a few walleye from shore and by boat.  Fishing has been hit or miss, some days have been productive, while others continue to be slow.

Dry Lake #3 (Florence):
walleyes fair.

Dry Lake #2 (Willow Lake):
Fishermen are averaging 1-2 walleye per person and an occasional perch.  Fishermen are still having the best luck, anchoring up and jigging for perch.  Fishermen are having the best luck casting jigs along and in the weed beds for walleye.

Enemy Swim:
A few walleyes.  Bluegills and crappie fair.

Goose Lake: Still slow on Goose, only seeing a couple boats on the water over the weekend and catch rates are minimal.  Some anglers have been trying their luck on the Grover road with little success.

Horseshoe Lake: Catch rates were average but the smallmouth bass being caught were nice size.  The occasional walleye has also been reported from anglers targeting smallmouth bass.

Indian Springs:
Fishing continues to be slow.  Fishermen continue to have the best luck anchoring and using jigs or slip bobbers for both perch and walleye.

Lake Cochrane: Few bluegill.

Lake Hendricks: A few walleye.

Lake Kampeska:
Very little fishing activity this past week.  Some shore anglers have been catching white bass by Lunker's, otherwise not much action. 

Lake Pelican:
A few walleye.

Lake Poinsett:
Very busy with angler traffic throughout the weekend.  Most boat anglers are trying their luck anchoring up and going after perch.  Most are coming in with a mixture of white bass and perch.  Walleye fishing has been fairly slow with very few anglers bringing in keeper size walleye.

Lake Thompson: Crappies slow to fair with a few pike, walleye and silver bass.

Lake Traverse, MN:
A few walleye.

Lynn Lake: Walleyes fair and a few pike and musky.

West Oakwood:
A few walleye.

Opitz: Walleye fishing is good on main lake points and submerged structure.

Pickerel Lake: Crappie fair and a few walleye.

Piyas Lake:
walleye and perch fair.

Walleyes and crappie fair.

Roy Lake: A few anglers have caught some nice walleye along with bass and northern pike.

Walleyes slow to fair.  A few crappie and perch.

Swan Lake:
Walleye and pike fair.

Waubay Lake:
Anglers catching nice size walleye have been reported from Waubay Lake over the past few weeks.  Numbers are not as strong as Bitter Lake but the size of walleye have been impressive.  No perch bite has been reported lately.

Few reports.

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