KWAT’s Outdoor Report for week of February 15, 2021

Aberdeen Area
Fishing Report

Recent cold temps have added more ice to the lakes; however anglers are still advised to travel carefully. Driving any kind of vehicle on the ice is not recommended.

Richmond: Anglers have been catching some perch, crappie, and walleye.
Mina: Anglers have been catching small perch, and small walleye. Cold temps made fishing activity slow.
Elm: There are weak spots by the resort bridge and west arm of the lake. Anglers have been catching some perch and walleye.
Hosmer Slough: Activity is at a minimum. Anglers have been catching small perch.
James River and Elm River: The ice is not safe to fish. There are open water areas by Weismantel Grade and the gates of Sand Lake Refuge where anglers have been open water fishing and catching some northern pike.

Clark County
Fishing Report

A long cold week in Clark County has left the lakes pretty quiet. Seems that a few walleye and perch are still being caught on Dry 1, Dry 2 and Reid Lake.

Codington County
Fishing Report

Goose: Fishermen are still catching 13-15 inch walleye with a few over 20 inches mixed in, some searching is needed to find fish. 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 continued to be slower this past weekend.
Blythe Slough: Little fishing activity. When accessing the lake with vehicles, reminder to access at the NW ramp or through the road right of way.

Day County
Fishing Report

Waubay: Seeing a little more pressure on the north side of the lake with minimal success.
Bitter: The bite is slow, but anglers are catching some perch and walleye.
Pickerel: Anglers are having some success catching smaller perch with the occasional walleye.

Hamlin County
Fishing Report

Poinsett: The colder weather has been tough for fishing, but a few anglers are still catching some fish. Things should pick up as the weather warms up and anglers get mobile on the lake again.

Marshall County
Fishing Report

Roy: Anglers fishing near the resort and main lake points are catching a few nice northern along with perch, walleye, and smallmouth bass.
Clear: Decent panfish along with the occasional smallmouth bass and walleye are being caught.
Buffalo Lakes: Anglers are catching bluegill and northern fishing along main lake points. A few walleyes being caught near main lake points.
Opitz: Anglers are finding walleye and a few perch near main lake points and submerged main lake structure.
Piyas: Angers are catching good numbers of mid-sized perch and the occasional walleye.

Park Report:

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 18th for Trapping. We will meet at the picnic shelter.

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.

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, making them a great place to stay for your ice fishing adventures. Reservations can be made at or 1-800-710-2267.