KWAT’s Outdoor Report for week of August 30, 2021

Aberdeen Area

Fishing Report
Richmond Lake: Anglers have been catching bluegill, crappie, and perch. Fishermen are catching bluegills and perch using bobbers with a plain hook and a piece of worm or small jigs.
Elm Lake: Anglers have been catching walleye, northern pike, crappie, and perch. Anglers fishing from boats and pulling spinners with live bait have had the best luck. The south boat dock and handicap fishing pier have been pulled. The water level is too low to use these docks.
James River: North Dakota has been releasing some water. There is a slow flow of water in the river. Anglers are catching northern pike and catfish.
Mina Lake: Anglers have been catching walleye, northern pike, bluegill, and perch. The walleye bite is better in the evenings.
Elm River: Anglers have been catching walleye, northern pike, bluegill, and perch. The walleye bite is better in the evenings.

Hunting Report
August Management Take: There are good numbers of geese throughout the county feeding in the harvested wheat fields. Scouting is the key to success.
Early Fall Canada Goose: Hunters can harvest 15 geese per day.
Dove Season: There are good numbers of doves in the area. Hunting in the harvested wheat fields or stock dams will provide some good hunting opportunity.

Clark County

Fishing Report
Dry 2: Fishing pressure has slowed down. Anglers are finding a few perch and walleye.
Dry 1: Anglers report smaller walleyes and smaller perch.
Indian Springs: Walleye fishing has slowed down considerably.
Reid: Walleye fishing is fair; perch fishing has tapered off.
Swan: The walleye and perch are slow to bite.

Hunting Report
Canada Goose: Goose hunters still seem to be having good success in the AMT season. Most focusing on Southern and Eastern Clark County.

Codington County

Fishing Report
Goose: Fishermen are primarily catching walleye from the boat, as the weeds make shore fishing difficult. The walleye continues to be 14 to 16 inches, with a few over 20 inches being caught as well.
Kampeska: Fishing has remained consistent over the past couple weeks. Fishermen pulling the center of the lake are finding a few walleye and perch, while other fishermen are still reporting a mixed bag of fish.
Pelican Lake: Little fishing pressure.
Blythe Slough: Little fishing pressure.
Long Lake: Little fishing pressure.
Dry Lake: Little fishing pressure.

Hunting Report
Canada Goose: Plenty of harvested fields with geese in them, do a little scouting and you won’t have to travel far to find geese.

Day County

Fishing Report
Waubay: Anglers are picking up a few walleye and perch.
Bitter: Anglers are reporting catching good numbers of walleye.
Enemy Swim: Anglers are seeing an uptick in the bluegill bite.

Hunting Report
Canada Goose: Strong bird numbers throughout the county. Hunters putting in the time and effort to scout are having the greatest success.

Hamlin County

Fishing Report
Lake Poinsett: Fishing has continued to remain steady over the past week. Anglers are catching a mixed bag of walleye, perch, crappie, northern pike, and bass. Anglers are having the best success during the early morning hours. Anglers using bottom bouncers and spinners tipped with a night crawler are having the best success.
Lake John/Mary: Little to no activity.
Three Buck: A few walleye and northern pike are being caught. Not much activity.
Lake Albert: Fishing pressure has been slow. An occasional walleye is being caught.
Clear Lake: Small walleyes are being caught. Fishing has been slow.

Hunting Report
Canada Goose: Hunting pressure continues to be high during the August Goose Management Take. Several groups of hunters are being observed. Hunters focusing in on small grain fields are having the best luck. Birds are starting to concentrate on some of the silage fields that are being taken out. Birds are still concentrated in smaller “family” groups making it a little more difficult for hunters to pattern.

Marshall County

Fishing Report
South Buffalo Lake: Fair bluegill bite.
North Buffalo Lake: Little to no activity.
Piyas Lake: Little to no activity.
Opitz Lake: Little to no activity.
Cattail / Kettle Lake: Activity is slowing due to a lot of vegetation.
Clear Lake: Good crappie, bluegill, bass, and northern pike bite.
Roy Lake: Good bass bite with a few northern pike mixed in.

Hunting Report
Canada Goose: Hunting pressure was low this last week due to wet and rainy conditions; however, hunters that braved the elements found fields of geese, but where hard to pattern.

Parks Report:
Pelican Lake Recreation Area: The 3D targets are now up at the archery course! These are a different option to shoot and help get ready for this fall’s adventures! A park entrance license is required to shoot the archery range and course. These can be purchased at our new self-service kiosks at the entrance booth.