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Bitter Lake is producing some nice walleyes.  Some northerns are being caught as well. – Submitted by Bitter Lake Lodge, June 29, 2020

15-18 ft. depth seems to be magic number to find the nice size walleye – deeper water found lots of foot longs. – Just Lake It

Bitter Lake Lodge, Waubay:  605-947-5005,
Just Lake It w/ Katie Hansen, Watertown:  605-868-2225,

Early in the week the fishermen were catching limits of walleye on nearby lakes.  The bass bite was also exceptionally good on nearby lakes.  Small bluegills, crappies, and northern were active as well.  Our boat landing at Hidden Hill Lake is still under water, so only small boats are able to get on.  Tip of the Week:  Drink plenty of fluids and stay hydrated while in the boat. – Submitted by Hidden Hill Lodge, June 30, 2020

Hidden Hill Lodge, Roslyn:  605-550-0445,

It’s good to go with tolling in 12 ft. right in the middle – nice variety of fish too. – Just Lake It

Just Lake It w/Katie Hansen, Watertown:  605-868-2225,

Mixed bag of fish on crawlers, spinners, and crankbaits.  Water temp. is 75+, so bluegill, bass, drum, and catfish are active.  Walleyes are primarily in 9-10’ of water.  Weed beds, and rockpiles are also holding fish.  Northerns are seeking refuge in cold water springs.  Dock fishing is still producing a mix of panfish, bass, and walleye.  – Wing N Fin Resort

Wing N Fin Resort, Browns Valley, MN:  605-237-8323,

Lynn continues to be slow.  Lots of walleye limits off Waubay and Bitter.  Occasional perch and crappie but not much for quantity. - Submitted by Lynn Lake Lodge, June 29, 2020

Lynn Lake Lodge, Webster:  605-345-4564,


Not a lot to talk about the last few days.  A stretch of hot weather and strong winds have made it difficult, so not a lot of activity.  Waubay had a great week last week as did Bitter.  Bluegill should be about ready, as the spawn should be about done, so we should be seeing more of them out.  Water temps are in the upper 70’s.  We’ve had small rains lately so the water levels have started going down. - Submitted by Sportsman's Cove, July 1, 2020

Water temps. has been in that 68-71 degree range.  The walleye bite on area lakes has definitely been good.  A summer pattern bite is now on.  The fish have been in 12-16 feet of water.  Crawlers and leeches seem to be the ticket.  The pike bite has also been excellent.  The quality of pike has been really good.  Lots of fish in that 4-6 lb. class.  The smallmouth are also very active.  We have been catching 30-40 fish per day.  All catch and release.  Most smallies are in that 17 inch size.  The panfish bite has been great for bluegill and crappies.  The big crappies have been a little more difficult to target.  It is a great time to be on the water.   – Submitted by Fish Hunter Guide Service, June 21 , 2020

Fish Hunter Guide Service, Lake City:  605-448-5751,
Sportsman's Cove, Webster:  605-345-2468,

If you want to get your walleye fix (trophy lake, must be minimum of 28 inches to keep) go to Reitz.  Flashy spinners or trolling Salmo lures did well. – Just Lake It

Just Lake It w/Katie Hansen, Watertown:  605-868-2225,

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 July 1, 2020.

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