The recent cold wind, and rain that came through the area this week has slowed fishing. There was not much fishing pressure this week due to the weather.
James River: Anglers have been having success catching northern pike, catfish, and an occasional walleye. The water levels have risen due to the recent rainfall. Water levels remain low for this time of year.
Mina Lake: Fishing has been slow; anglers have been catching a few walleye during the evening hours.
Richmond Lake: Anglers have been having very good success catching walleye. Multiple limits have been reported from different anglers. Most anglers are having success on the northern part of the lake.
Elm Lake: Fishing has been slow. Not much fishing activity has been observed. The GFP state landing does not have the dock in the water at this time but is expected to be put in next week.
Snow Geese: A few snow geese remain the area. Birds are scattered throughout the county. A large majority of the birds are juveniles. Hunters that can find huntable numbers of birds are having good success.
Dry 2: Anglers have been fishing hard and finding a few fish. Anglers who have been having luck at catching walleye and a few northern are the ones who have opted to use waders.
Dry 1: Not much fishing activity yet along the road grade.
Indian Springs: Slow on the walleye bite; some fish are being caught by anglers using waders. Black Claw bait shop dock is not in at this time.
Goose: Fishermen are catching a few walleye from shore. Most of the walleye are in the 14-15-inch range,
with a few over 20 inches being caught as well.
Kampeska: Anglers are doing some fishing by the North Shore; with fishermen catching a mixed bag.
Pelican Lake: Little fishing pressure
Blythe Slough: Little fishing pressure.
Long Lake: Little fishing pressure.
Dry Lake: Little fishing pressure.
Snow Geese: Most Snow geese have left the area
Turkey: Birds are still spreading out and a small percent of hunters are having some luck.
Waubay: Water temps are still cold, seeing some shore fishing and a few boats out targeting walleye. There have been some better success rates towards the evening.
Bitter: Not seeing much for boat fishing. Shore fishing has been pretty good morning and at night.
Blue Dog: Walleye fishing is starting to pick up from both the shore and boats.
Turkey: Turkeys are becoming more active in their breeding habit. Tom-Hen decoys together seem to be working best right now.
Poinsett: Fishing activity has been very steady. Walleye fishing has picked up and more fish are being caught closer to sunset. Fishermen are starting to catch crappies on the north side of the lake. Overall, fishing has been pretty good for anglers.
Lakes Mary; Norden; John: Fishing activity has been somewhat steady on these bodies of water. Some fish have been caught.
Clear Lake: Activity on the lake has been still kind of slow and not a lot of reports of fish being caught.
Three Buck: Anglers have caught some walleye from shore. Fishermen standing on private property need permission, even if in waders in the water.
Snow Geese: Most of the snow geese have moved out of the area.
Turkey: The season has officially opened on the 3rd for archery. Shotgun season for turkey opened on Saturday. Not many people were seen out hunting, but the season should start to pick up as the season goes on.
North and South Buffalo Lakes: Producing a few northern pike.
Cattail and Kettle Lakes: Producing a few walleye, and angle catching a few off the grade.
Opitz Lake: Producing a few walleye, but action is slow.
Snow geese: A few snow geese are passing through the county; the migration is pretty much over.
Turkey: The Turkey hunters are seemingly having good success calling in Toms.
• The upcoming weather looks great to get out for some hiking, fishing, and early season camping! Comfort stations and other facilities may still be winterized at our state parks. You can follow facilities openings on each parks Facebook page. Reminder for May to make reservations for the upcoming Mother’s Day and Open House Weekend and reservations can be made at campsd.com.
Clean Up Day at Sica Hollow State Park!! When: April 17th from 1 pm to 4 pm Where: Meet at the top of the hill by the horse camp What: We will be walking down the hill picking up litter, once we get down the hill, we will also pick up litter around the picnic areas Other information: Snacks and water will be available, prizes will be awarded, if there is rain the event will be cancelled.
Fort Sisseton State Park: Will be hosting an Earth Day event on April 24th, from 7:30 am until 3 pm. Everyone is welcome to come to Fort Sisseton State Park and participate in some hands-on activities. At 7:30 am there will be a guided bird watching tour, after that the event it will be come and go as you please. Pollinator balls, bird feeders, animal tracks, leaf prints, a coloring contest and more will get your family excited for Spring and Earth Day! The event will be held outdoors, so dress for the weather. If it is raining, it will be in the South Barracks. Bring a sack lunch, if you want to stay the whole day, though snacks will be available. A Park entrance license is required.