KWAT’s Outdoor Report for week of August 10, 2020
Richmond: Anglers have been having success catching bluegills and perch along the fishing piers. Most anglers are using a bobber and a worm. A few crappie and walleye are also being caught. Anglers shooting carp need to pick up shot fish and dispose of them properly.
Elm: Anglers are still having success pulling plugs for walleye. The water levels have gone down but please be courteous to lake property owners.
Wylie: The Game, Fish and Parks has recently stocked bluegill, smallmouth bass, and white bass into the lake. This is a great area to take kids fishing.
Elm River: Fishing has been slow due to the high water.
James River: Anglers are catching northern pike pretty much at any bridge crossing. The walleye bite has been sporadic at best. Bow fishermen are having good luck shooting carp. Anglers shooting carp need to pick up shot fish and dispose of them properly.
Mina: Anglers are having success catching bluegill and perch using a minnow and a bobber. A few walleye are still be caught mainly using plugs.
Dry 2: Walleye bite has picked up as of late, but slow overall. Some perch are also being picked up.
Reid: A few walleye being caught.
Swan: Best bet for Clark County right now. Catching some walleye and northern pike.
Goose: Weed growth has made shore fishing difficult. Boat fishermen are still catching walleye, most of which have been under 15 inches.
Kampeska: Fishermen are still catching a mixed bag of fish from shore and by boat, including northern pike, white bass, perch, crappie and walleye.
Pelican Lake: Little fishing activity. Fishermen are targeting the weed lines and open patches in the weeds.
Blythe Slough: Is closed to boating from March 1st, 2020 to August 31st, 2020.
Due to the high water and safety hazard of a potential vehicle and pedestrian accident, the county is no longer allowing pedestrians on the Grenville grade, Day Co 1 north of Hwy 12 to 140th St., and Yellowstone trail from Main St. to Day Co 1. Also, if you are shore fishing make sure you are parked in a legal parking spot and it is not posted as no parking.
North Rush: Anglers have been catching an occasional perch while targeting walleye.
Enemy Swim: Anglers have been having good success catching smallmouth bass and bluegills.
Waubay: Fishing success has slowed down from the previous couple months.
Bitter: Been seeing some smaller walleye and perch being caught.
Overall fishing success has been marginal to poor for walleye lately.
Poinsett: Fishing has been a real struggle, but if you put in the time, anglers are still catching walleye and perch.
Opitz: Smaller walleye are being caught up in the trees. This would be a great place to take a kid fishing.
Roy: Catching some bass along the rocks.
Clear: Catching some panfish off the main points.
South Buffalo: Buffalo has been pretty slow right now.
Pelican Lake Recreation Area:
The 3-D targets are up at the archery range, so come and test your skills on real life targets. Also, enjoy the scenic trail that meanders through the park and enjoy birding and the pollinator plots that are in full bloom.
Reminder, a park entrance license is required to use the archery range.
Richmond/ Mina Lake Recreation Areas:
The handicap fishing dock in the park at Mina Lake Recreation Area is repaired and ready for use.
It’s not too early to book your campsites, cabins or the modern cabin for resident only pheasant on October 10th- 11th and pheasant opener on October 17th- 18th. Campsites are available at Richmond and Mina Lake Recreation Area. The cabin at Richmond Lake Recreation Area and the cabin and modern cabin at Mina Lake Recreation are still available for rent.
Richmond and Mina Lake Recreation Areas are looking for people to fill maintenance and campground attendant positions for fall 2020. Please go to https://bhr.sd.gov/job-seekers/seasonal/gfp/summer.html to apply. Contact Robert Teachout at 605-626-3488 if you have questions.