KWAT’s Outdoor Report for week of January 17, 2022

Aberdeen Area

Fishing Report
Cottonwood Lake: Anglers have been catching some walleye, but the bite has been inconsistent.
Hosmer: The bite has been slow with a few anglers catching some perch.
Mina Lake: Fishing has really slowed down this last week. The bite has been very inconsistent.
Richmond Lake: Anglers have been catching walleye, crappie, and perch. The perch bite has been good throughout the day and the walleye bite is better in the evenings.
Willow Dam: Anglers have been catching some walleye. The bite has been better in the evenings.

Hunting Report
Pheasant Season: Hunters should concentrate on cattail sloughs to find pheasants. With the recent snow and cold weather, the pheasants are holding better. Sand Lake Refuge pheasant season opened on December 13 and closes January 31.

Clark County
Fishing Report
Dry 2: Anglers have been catching a few walleye. The perch bite has been slow but finding lots of northern.
Dry 1: The perch bite has slowed to a few perch per shack and the walleye bite is slow.
Indian Springs: The walleye and perch bite have really slowed down to make a slow weekend of fishing.
Reid: No activity.
Swan: No activity.

Codington County
Fishing Report
Blythe Slough: Little fishing pressure
Dry Lake: Fishermen are catching a few walleye, perch and northern pike.
Goose: Fishermen are catching a few walleye, perch and northern pike. Fishermen are having to search a little to find fish.
Kampeska: Fishermen are catching a mix bag of fish, to include perch, crappie, northern pike and walleye.
Long Lake: Little fishing pressure.
Pelican Lake: Little fishing pressure.

Hunting Report
Pheasant Season: Hunters continue to average around two birds a hunter. Most birds are being found around food sources and cover.

Day County
Fishing Report
Bitter: The walleye and perch bite depend on where you are on the lake, anglers to the south are having the most luck.
Enemy Swim: Bluegill and walleye have been slow.
Rush: Still not seeing any real pressure.
Waubay: The perch bite seems to be hit or miss. The walleye bite seems to be consistent but slower.

Hunting Report
Pheasant Season: Birds are continuing to flock up and the best spots to scout would be heavy winter cover and feeding sites.
Hamlin County
Fishing Report
Clear Lake: Smaller walleye are being caught.
Lake Albert: Little to no fishing pressure.
Lake Poinsett: Anglers are having good success catching walleye. Anglers are also picking up crappie and perch.
Three Buck: Anglers are having good success catching walleye.

Hunting Report
Pheasant Season: Hunting pressure on pheasants has slowed. Pheasants are grouped up and concentrating on thick cover areas.
Marshall County
Fishing Report
Buffalo Lakes: Anglers are finding some crappie, northern pike and an occasional walleye.
Cattail / Kettle Lakes: Little to no activity.
Clear: Angler are finding a few bluegill, crappie, and bass with an occasional walleye.
Opitz: A few anglers are giving it a shot and catching a few small walleye.
Piyas Lake: Anglers are trying it, but activity is slow. An occasional walleye and perch are being caught.
Roy: The northern pike bite has slowed down. Anglers are moving out into the main lake, but activity is slow.

Hunting Report
Pheasant Season: Slow, however hunters are finding a few birds. Snow in some areas is making it difficult to hunt.

Parks Report
Roy Lake: Rental suites sleeping 4 to 10 people are available at Roy Lake State Park all winter. From December 1st through March 30th, the suites are 25% off the regular price. So, a suite that sleeps four people is available for $90 per night plus tax and a suite that sleeps up to 10 people is available for $131.25 plus tax through the winter. Go online at or call 1-800-710-2267 to take advantage of these prices.
The Convenience Store at Roy Lake State Park is now open! The hours are Friday from 4pm to 8pm, Saturday noon to 8pm, and Sunday 8am to 4pm. Snacks, drinks, frozen food, Roy Lake merchandise, fishing equipment, and bait are available at the store. The store is open during the week as staff is available.