KWAT’s Outdoor Report for week of February 1, 2021

Aberdeen Area
Fishing Report

Richmond: Anglers have been catching some perch, crappie, and walleye.
Mina: Anglers have been catching small perch and walleye. The ice varies throughout the lake be careful.
Elm: There are weak spots by the resort bridge and west arm of the lake. Anglers have been catching some perch, crappie, walleyes, and Northern Pike.
Hosmer Slough: Fishing activity is minimal.
James River and Elm River: The ice is not safe to fish.

Clark County
Fishing Report

Dry 2: Catching a few walleye and perch.
Dry 1: Catching a few walleyes in early morning late evening and perch throughout the day.
Reid: Catching a few walleye and perch.
Indian Springs: Not much angling pressure. Bite seems to be slow on anglers checked.

Codington County
Fishing Report

Goose: Anglers are still catching 13-15 inch walleye. The State ramp in the NW corner of the lake is now open for use.
Kampeska: Fishermen are catching a few walleye, northern pike, perch, and crappies. The bite was slower this past weekend.
Pelican Lake: Little fishing activity. There is still an area of open water that extends from the State Park to the north shore.
Blythe Slough: Little fishing activity. When accessing the lake with vehicles, access at the NW ramp or through the road right of way.
Long Lake: Fishing has been hit or miss. Fishermen are catching 15-18 inch walleye, with the occasional 20 plus inch fish as well. A few perch are being picked up as well.
Dry Lake: Fishermen are catching northern pike.

Day County
Fishing Report

Bitter: The bite is slow for most but once and awhile an angler will have a good day on perch and walleye. Still plenty of people trying.
Waubay: The bite seems to be slow with not a ton of fishing pressure. Some guys are picking up a few walleyes in the morning.
Pickerel: Anglers picking up a lot of small perch with the occasional crappie and bluegill.

Hamlin County
Fishing Report

Poinsett: Few fishermen out this past weekend. Reports of a few walleye and perch but overall bite is slow.

Marshall County
Fishing Report

Roy: Good pike fishing near the resort using tip ups and dead sticks.
Clear: Anglers found some panfish and the occasional walleye.
White: Crappie and walleye have been caught in the mornings and evenings.
Opitz: A few small walleyes and a few perch were caught over the weekend.
Buffalo lakes: A few panfish and pike have been caught.
Piyas: Decent walleye and perch bite near main lake points.

Park Report:

Don’t let the cold weather deter you from getting out and enjoying our State Parks! As always, our parks are open year-round so take some time to get out and enjoy South Dakota’s State Parks! The electricity is on year-round and the camping cabins and lodges have heat. Reservations can be made at or 1-800-710-2267.
The 2021 Park Entrance License is currently for sale. Pick yours up today at any of our participating vendors in Watertown, Aberdeen and surrounding areas. These include The Cowboy Country Stores, Hy-Vee, Little River City, Gas n Goodies and the GFP office in Watertown. Aberdeen vendors include Ken’s Superfair Foods, Runnings, Kessler’s, and any GFP office.

Pelican Lake Recreation Area
Back by popular demand… OPERATION ADVENTURE! Join us on our 19-week, 10 program series designed for the families that love the outdoors or are ready to get involved. Every other Thursday throughout the series, we will cover diverse outdoor recreation topics that everyone can learn from, whether you’re a beginner or a lifelong sportsman. Programs go from 6-7:30 PM. All equipment will be provided. Join us February 4th for Ice Fishing. We will meet at the picnic shelter.

Oakwood Lakes State Park
Due to covid-19 safety concerns, our annual Groundhog Day Poker Run has been changed to a self-guided Groundhog Day Scavenger Hunt. Come out to Oakwood Lakes State Park between Friday, 2/5/21 – Sunday, 2/7/21 to hike, snowshoe, or cross-country ski the Mortimer Shoreline trail looking for the 6 pictures of groundhogs that will be scattered along the trail. Take a selfie or group photo and submit them to [email protected] for a chance to win prizes! Photos must be submitted by 5:00pm Monday, 2/8/21. Contact 605-627-5441 for more info.

Roy Lake State Park
Suites at Roy Lake State Park are 25% off now through March. There are four suites available for rent at Roy Lake State Park with two bedrooms (two double beds in each), a living area (two sleeper sofas), kitchen, and bathroom. These suites normally rent for $175/night plus tax, but for the months of February and March, they are $131.25/night plus tax. Another suite has one bedroom (two double beds), living area, kitchen, and bathroom. This suite normally rents for $120/night plus tax, but for the months of February and March, it is $90/night plus tax. Go online at or call 1-800-710-2267 to rent these suites or call Roy Lake State Park at 605-448-5701 for more information.