Fishing Reports


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UPDATED: May 23, 2016 

Weather Forecast:

Weather for the 7 day forecast is as follows:  Highs this week will be in the upper 70's to lower 80's with humidity over 53% all week.  Lows at night will be in the upper 50's.  Winds will be steady in the upper single digits with a high of 18mph.  Best chances of rain will be Wednesday and Friday with possible thunderstorms.

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

May 23, 2016:  Several guys stayed here this weekend.  They all did good.  19"-20" walleye at Oakwood Lake, southeast side.  Walleye, and some perch at Lake Poinsett, a couple hundred feet from the boat ramp.  Dry Lake was also good with walleyes.  Lake Thompson was just too windy.

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 e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

May 23, 2016:  Excellent fishing.  The only thing better then the weather was the fishing!  Walleyes still prefer live bait (minnows, leeches, crawlers) over crankbaits.  Crappies have started, bluegills still a week or two away.

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!  Have a great week.)

May 23, 2016:  Free Fishing Weekend was a good one.  We still fought the wind, but if you went early enough in the day, you would be limited out before the wind became unbearable.  Lots of walleye limits off Bitter.  Saw some NICE crappies off Reetz, and Opitz.  Northern limits off Lynn, which we are happy about.  Heard about some small mouth too.  Check out the photos on our Facebook page.  Half an inch of rain last night helped settle the dust.  Mixed weather pattern for the week, but we usually get enough breaks in the weather to make it worth the trip.  Have a great Memorial Day Weekend!

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

May 23, 2016:  The water has warmed up and the bite is good.  The little ponds and larger lakes are doing well.  Our new boat ramp is now in for our guests to use.  The fishermen did well this week on HH Lake.  The sportsmen caught and released all their walleyes ranging in size from 16" to 28".  The fish were either males or spawned out females.  Cottonwood Lake (Lake City):  The northern bite has treated our guests well!  Opitz Lake:  Fishermen are doing well and catching nice walleyes.  Other area lakes:  Our bass fishermen have been catching a releasing great bass in several area lakes now.  The archers are also having a great time shooting carp.

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

May 23, 2016:  Good reports on fishing.  Limits of walleyes have been reported lately.

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.)

May 23, 2016:  Tough weekend with the high winds.  Lots of people fishing on Friday and Saturday with good luck but Sunday's high winds sent most of them home.  Bitter Lake was busy.  Seems when the wind is less than 15 mph, the west side has a 80-90% success rate on the walleyes.  Lots of minnows in use.  Waters temps are rising to the upper 50's to 60's.  With that, you are looking at more leeches and crawlers.  Waubay improved last week.  Optiz seems to be a good choice in the evenings. 

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

No report.

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)

No report.

Waubay Lake:
(Courtesy of Cory Ewing at Waubay Lake Guide Service, 605-929-3894,, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

No report.

Bitter Lake, Blue Dog Lake & Waubay Lake area
(Courtesy of Gary Gangle at Circle Pines Motel, 877-324-5161, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

No report.

81 Ponds:

Big Stone Lake:
A few perch.

Bitter Lake: Walleyes fair.

Blue Dog Lake:
A few walleyes from shore.

Casey's Slough:
A few walleyes.

Dry Lake #1 (Clark):
A few walleyes.

Dry Lake #3 (Florence): A few walleyes.

Dry Lake #2 (Willow Lake): Pike fair and a few walleye.

Enemy Swim:
A few walleyes.

Goose Lake:

Horseshoe Lake: A few walleyes.

Indian Springs:

Lake Cochrane:

Lake Hendricks: Slow.

Lake Kampeska:
A few walleyes.

Lake Pelican: Slow.

Lake Poinsett:
A few walleye and pike.

Lake Thompson: A few walleyes and pike.

Lake Traverse, MN:

Lynn Lake: A few walleyes and pike.

West Oakwood:


Pickerel Lake: Slow.

Piyas Lake:


Roy Lake: Few reports.

Walleyes fair.

Swan Lake:

Waubay Lake:
A few walleyes.

Few reports.

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