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This spring/early summer fishing has been great on Big Stone with a variety of fish biting. We have had reports of walleye, bluegill, crappie, perch, largemouth bass, and white bass. In the last week the majority of fish being caught are bluegill. A lot of people are using a plain hook with a night crawler or a leach. If targeting walleye, try bottom bouncers with a spinner and a nightcrawler trolling. Hope to see you out on the lake! - Schmidt's Landing, submitted June 8, 2023
Big Stone is producing giant bluegills. But please practice selective harvest on these. If you take the big males out of the picture the whole population will tank and that fishery will be gone. Pull spinners and crawlers over the weeds for some nice walleyes. - Fishermens Net Guide Service, LLC, submitted June 8, 2023
Fishermens Net Guide Service LLC, Watertown: 605-881-3379, www.fishermensnetsd.com
Schmidt's Landing, Big Stone City: 605-432-6911, www.schmidtslanding.com
Walleye bite excellent, daytime crawlers-spinners-cranks, evening-night minnows and jigs. Panfish, bass, catfish and northern all being caught. - Submitted by Wing N Fin Resort, June 7, 2023
Wing N Fin Resort, Browns Valley, MN: 605-237-8323, www.wingnfinresort.com
Still doing great up here with some big walleyes on Lynn and Middle Lynn, and limits off Waubay. The wind helped with the walleye chop last week, now fishermen need to get a little creative with their presentations on different days. Still hungry though. Beginning to see some perch - just a few so far. Water temps are getting close. North Rush has been another popular spot for walleyes too. We found jumbo leeches, so have those on hand now. Crawlers and minnows still working too. Send some rain if you can! – Lynn Lake Lodge, submitted June 5, 2023
Lynn Lake Lodge, Webster: 605-345-4564, www.lynnlakelodge.com
There has been a decent bite going on at Bitter Lake. Work the weed lines as a lot of the fish are still shallow and will be most of the summer. Waubay, North and South Rush are producing fish. Anglers casting around the trees are getting some nice ones. This is also the time of year to try Blue Dog. Pulling crankbaits in the basin does well. Some smaller walleyes are biting on Indian Springs. Try the shallow water for the larger ones. Looking for some action for the youngsters or yourself? Northerns are hot on Dry Lake by Florence. Makes for a great fish fry or picked fish. And they are fun to catch. Keep a tight line! - Fishermens Net Guide Service, LLC, submitted June 8, 2023
Nice crowd this week. The bite has been good, far more good reports than bad. A lot of fishing for walleye. Waubay Lake has a good bite and North and South Rush are popular as well. Bitter Lake has the occasional good report. Lynn Lake has been kind of busy. A lot of northern pike in the region also. We're starting to see a little panfish talk, but not a lot, mostly walleye. – Sportsman’s Cove, submitted June 2, 2023
Walleye are biting on Waubay and Bitter Lakes and bluegill and crappie on Big Stone Lake. - County Line Campground, submitted May 30, 2023
We have a lot of anglers coming thru daily and the majority are doing very well. The morning and evening bite has been best. Bitter, Waubay, Lynn and Rush have all been producing large walleye. Plastics and rumblers have been doing well in 5-7 feet shallow rocky water. I've seen a lot of shore line fishing going on and people are doing well there as well. So...no boat, no problem this time of year. - The Galley Hotel, Bar & Grill, submitted May 25, 2023
Spring fishing season is underway. Guide Gary has been taking all clients so far, as Scott is still in the field farming. The pre-spawn bass bite is a bit tough yet, but walleye and pike fishing has been solid. Water temp in low 60s. - Fish Hunter Guide Service, submitted May 25, 2023
County Line Campground, Summit: 605-398-6355, www.facebook.com/rvwithus
Fish Hunter Guide Service, Lake City: 605-448-5751, www.FishHunterGuideService.com
Fishermens Net Guide Service, Watertown: 605-881-3379, www.fishermensnetsd.com
Sportsman's Cove, Webster: 605-345-2468, www.sportsmanscove.net
The Galley Hotel, Bar & Grill, Webster: 605-345-9989, www.thegalleyhotelbarandgrill.com
So far, I can report we had two people that got their limit of walleye at Buckshot on Waubay within 3.5 hours. - Waubay Walleyes & Wings Retreat, submitted May 30, 2023
Waubay Walleyes & Wings Retreat, Waubay: 605-940-8535, WaubayRetreat@gmail.com
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