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Pretty good perch bite but the majority are small.  In that 8 inch range.  Work the basin next to the many rock points as they run into the basin.  For larger perch, try crankbaits and you’ll also catch some walleyes too. – Submitted by Fishermens Net Guide Service, July 29, 2020

Fishermens Net Guide Service LLC, Watertown:  605-881-3379, www.fishermensnetsd.com 

There is a decent bite going on in 16 to 18 feet of water using a half a crawler on a slow death rig.  Butterfly rigs or the MinnKota Dakota Rig are great or try a plain snell with a glow bead on a slow death hook.  Don’t be afraid to try minnows either. – Submitted by Fishermens Net Guide Service, July 29, 2020

Bitter Lake has still been producing some nice walleyes.  Working the weed beds seem to be working the best.  With warmer temperatures, the fish have been in deeper waters lately.  Few northern fish being caught as well.– Submitted by Bitter Lake Lodge, July 13, 2020

Bitter Lake Lodge, Waubay:  605-947-5005, www.bitterlakelodge.com

Mixed bag of species being caught.  Crankbaits near bottom in 9-10’ of water are producing walleye.  Crawlers vertical jigging just off bottom is producing mostly bass, bluegill and some perch.  Dock fishing for bluegill and catfish continues to pick up.  – Submitted by Wing N Fin Resort, August 10, 2020

Wing N Fin Resort, Browns Valley, MN:  605-237-8323, www.wingnfintraverse.com

Fishing continues to be good at Lynn.  The water levels have dropped a bit with the heat and dry part of the summer, but still at record highs.  No access to the north ramp yet, but work continues on many roads in the area.  We are crossing our fingers.  Lots of 15 inch walleyes being caught with crawlers and leeches mostly trolling.  The winter ice fishing is looking to be good with all of these border line keepers we are seeing now, along with an occasional lunker.  Trophy angler rock bass also this week.  Fun to catch.  - Submitted by Lynn Lake Lodge, August 10, 2020

Lynn Lake Lodge, Webster:  605-345-4564, www.lynnlakelodge.com

 

Good bluegill bite on Enemy Swim right now, they did well.  Pickerel is not a bad blue gill bite as well as small perch.  Hazelden has some better quality perch and a few walleye.  North Rush has a good quality perch bite also, and not a bad choice for walleye.  Bitter is one of the better choices for walleye right now as they’ve done fair.  Swan is seeing some small walleye and some pike.  - Submitted by Sportsman's Cove, August 12, 2020

I just got back from Alaska and the fishing was great for Sockeye Salmon and Halibut.  As for our Glacial Lakes Area, this hot weather has slowed the fishing, but there are still plenty of fish to catch.  The walleye bite has been deep water 20 ft. or deeper, unless you fish really early in the morning or late evenings.  The walleye still like to come shallow to feed.  The pike bite is still okay if you know where the openings in weed beds are.  The panfish bite is okay for bluegill and some crappie, but you have to work a little harder than normal.  The smallmouth bite is fairly good to a strong bite.  Lots of smallies in that 17-18 inch class.  – Submitted by Fish Hunter Guide Service, July 27, 2020

Fish Hunter Guide Service, Lake City:  605-448-5751, www.fishhunterguideservice.com
Sportsman's Cove, Webster:  605-345-2468, www.sportsmanscove.net

SD Game, Fish & Parks Weekly Report

The following Weekly Report is provided by South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks. 
Click here for the complete report for August 12, 2020.

For more information on fishing in the region, visit SD Game, Fish & Parks.