KWAT’s Outdoor Report for week of August 17, 2020

Aberdeen Area
Fishing Report

Richmond: Anglers have been catching bluegill, crappie, and perch. Fishermen are catching panfish bobber fishing with worms from the docks. Great opportunity to take a kid fishing.
Elm: The high water is still going down, so please be courteous on the lake. Anglers have been catching northern pike. Anglers that have been pulling plugs and spinners with worms are having the best luck.
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. The walleye bite has been slow. Bow fishermen are having good luck shooting carp. Anglers shooting carp need to pick up shot fish and dispose of them properly.
Mina: Anglers have been catching walleye, northern pike, catfish, perch, and bluegill. The walleye bite has been slow with the recent high temperatures.

Clark County
Fishing Report
Dry 2: Walleye bite has picked up as of late, but slow overall. Some perch are also being picked up.
Reid: A few walleyes being caught.
Swan: Still the best bet for Clark County right now. Catching some walleye and northern pike.

Codington County
Fishing Report

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.) The walleye
Pelican Lake: Little fishing activity. Fishermen continue to target the weed lines and open patches in the weeds.
Blythe Slough: Is closed to boating from March 1st, 2020 to August 31st, 2020.

Day County
Fishing Report

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 are having some success catching a few walleyes.
Enemy Swim: The bluegill bite has slowed a bit.
Waubay: Anglers have seen an increase in success catching walleye.
Bitter: The overall bite has slowed down but anglers are still catching the occasional walleye and perch.

Hamlin County
Fishing Report

Poinsett: Plenty of fishing pressure this past week. There were a few reports of walleye, perch, and crappie being caught.

Marshall County
Fishing Report

Opitz: Good walleye fishing in the morning and evenings near timbered main lake points. This would be a great lake to take a kid fishing.
Roy: Good bass and decent walleye bite near main lake structure.
Clear: Great bass bite near main lake points and near shore edges. Good panfish bite near sunken islands.
Buffalo lakes: The panfish bite has been sporadic at best. The anglers moving around to find the best bite are doing really well.

Park Report:

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:
Plan your stay now at Richmond and Mina Lake Recreation Areas in Aberdeen SD for Pheasant Opener 2020. We have cabins, campsites and the modern can available for rent. For more information call (605) 626-3488.

Fort Sisseton State Park:
Fort Sisseton Pioneer Kids Virtual Camp: Your young historians will learn about Pioneers and South Dakota from hands-on activities, interactive lessons and performances and more! This virtual camp will take place every week in September with interactive activities every Saturday from 10am to 11am. This camp is great for kids in elementary and middle school. Your young historians will learn about Pioneers and South Dakota from hands-on activities, interactive live stream lessons and performances, homemade recipes and more! Packets will be mailed to each kid each week. A secured zoom link will be given to participate in the interactive activities on Saturday.
Camp Schedule is posted on our Facebook page!
To Register please go to There is no fee for this camp and there is no location requirement. If you have any questions please contact us at Fort Sisseton at 605.448.5474 or email us at [email protected].
This camp is proudly sponsored by Fort Sisseton State Park and the Fort Sisseton Commission.