With the nice weather during the last week, the ice is no longer safe to walk out on. The ice is breaking away from the shore and open water spots are forming.
James River: Anglers have been fishing open water by Weismantel Grade and catching a few northern pike.
Snow Geese: A big push of snow geese moved into the Edmunds and McPherson county. Scatterwood area still holding huntable numbers. Scouting is key for success.
Clark County Lakes have a high percent of the ice still on the lakes. Not many shore anglers to show yet.
Snow geese: Are moving through swiftly every day in all parts of Clark County, it seems that the majority of geese have flown through the area.
Goose: Fishermen are catching a few walleyes.
Kampeska: A little shore fishing by North Shore is available.
Pelican Lake: Little fishing pressure.
Blythe Slough: Little fishing pressure.
Long Lake: Little fishing pressure.
Dry Lake: Little fishing pressure.
Trout were stocked into the 3rd Ave. pond this week.
Snow Geese: A decent number of snow geese can still be found in the western portions of Codington County.
On the small lakes most of the ice is off, the larger lakes it is still ice covered but with warm temps, the water should be open soon. Shore fishing is getting better.
Snow Geese: report is that the snow geese are isolated in various spots throughout the county.
Poinsett: Water is opening around stone bridge and the Big Sioux river allowing some shore fishing opportunity, with no catches to report. Main Lake areas are still iced over for the most part.
Albert: No report.
Clear Lake: No report.
Snow geese: Snow Geese are migrating through. The recent snow pushed the birds out of the area, with new birds slowly starting to arrive.
Ice conditions are changing daily. No ice fishing in the county lately. A few guys are fishing from shore on various lakes with little or no success.
Snow geese are moving through and guys are getting under a few, but the migration is moving through quickly.
• 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 campsd.com 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.
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 www.campsd.com or call 1-800-710-2267 to rent these suites or call Roy Lake State Park at 605-448-5701 for more information.