KWAT’s Outdoor Report for week of December 21, 2020
Richmond: There is 3 to 4 inches of ice and lots of weak spots on the lake. There is still open water by the north and west bridges. Anglers have been catching some perch, crappie, and walleye.
Mina: There is open water by the spillway and east boat ramp.
Pheasants: Hunters that are walking cattail sloughs are having the best luck. The Sand Lake Refuge pheasant season opens on Dec 14, 2020. The pheasant season is open until Jan 31, 2021.
Lamb Slough: Lots of small perch getting caught. Struggling to find perch over 10 inches. Parking has been an issue with complaints coming in. Stay off the road between the signs and DO NOT park over on the east side on WIA. That’s not what it’s meant for.
Dry 2: Very little pressure on the lake. A lot of ice is misleading with a few open spots still. Use extreme caution.
Dry 1: A few small walleyes being caught.
Reid: Still some open water. Use extreme caution.
Cottonwood: A few small walleyes, perch, northern.
Indian Springs: Very low activity.
Swan: Minimal activity.
Goose: Anglers are catching 13-15 inch walleye.
Deer: Muzzleloader and archery deer season are going on currently.
Pheasant: Hunters continue to average about 1.5 – 2 birds per hunter this past week.
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.
Waubay: The refuge is now open to foot traffic only from one hour prior to sunrise and must be off the ice one hour after sunset. Hearing of some success of walleye being caught.
Bitter: Saw a good amount of pressure over the weekend with marginal success for perch and walleye.
Hazelden: Seeing some a day to day bit for perch.
Pheasant: Still seeing plenty of pheasants; with this colder weather they may be concentrated in the heavier cover.
Poinsett: A few anglers walking out. Reports of a few walleyes being caught in the early morning and evening hours.
Clear: A few anglers walking out – a few walleyes being caught.
Roy: Good pike and perch fishing near the resort.
Clear: A few anglers ventured out and found some decent panfish.
White: A few crappie and walleye have been caught in the evenings.
Opitz: A few decent perch were caught over the weekend.
Buffalo lakes: A few panfish and pike have been caught.
Pheasant: Hunters walking grass and cattails near harvested fields seem to be having the best success.
Deer: Deer are really moving in the evenings right now. Hunters scouting and finding those evening feeding patterns are doing well.
Fort Sisseton State Park
Christmas Light Display December 4th – 25th from 7pm-11pm nightly. Enjoy a slow drive through the campground and enjoy the beautiful light displays sponsored by local businesses, groups and friends.
Feel like sending your own Christmas cheer? There will be a food pantry drop off site for nonperishable foods and letters to Santa, Law Enforcement, First Responders and Military Personnel.
Hartford Beach State Park
Come visit the park and drive through our Christmas light displays! The east campground has a number of sites decorated by local businesses, groups and friends. Displays will be lit nightly through Christmas Eve.
Oakwood Lakes State Park
Oakwood Lakes State Park will be hosting a self-guided First Day Hike from Jan. 1st – Jan. 3rd, 6am – 11pm. Sign in at the warming shelter by Mortimer’s Cabin to be entered into a prize drawing. Please include how many adults and youth are in your group and log the number of miles that you hike. Grab an Animal Track Scavenger Hunt to add a little adventure to your hike! There is no cost to participate, but a park license is required to enter the park.