KWAT’s Outdoor Report for week of March 30, 2020

Aberdeen Area
Fishing Report

Richmond: Anglers have been catching walleye and northern pike by the spillway and north bridge. Fishing has been inconsistent lately.
Elm River: Anglers have been catching the occasional walleye and northern pike. Anglers have been fishing Kruses Dam and by Columbia, SD.
James River: Fishing has been slow. There has been some northern pike being caught by Sand Lake Refuge.

Hunting Report
Snow Geese: There are still good numbers of snow geese in northern Brown County. Lots of snow geese roosting on Sand Lake Refuge. With this nice weather the snow geese might be migrating into North Dakota soon.

Clark County
Fishing Report

Clark County Lakes are sitting at the point of very risky ice fishing due to conditions. Most shorelines are disappearing, and waters are starting to open in places. Very little fishing activity has been seen across the county. Put the ice fishing equipment away and get ready for the long rod season as I encourage you all to get out and enjoy the great outdoors, and what easier way to social distance yourself. If you are shore fishing, you may want to scout your favorite spots as water has increased a lot since last spring.

Hunting Report

Snow Geese: Snow geese have all but left the area with a few small flocks every couple of days flying over the county headed north.
Muskrat: Lots of muskrat trapping going on right now as well. Be aware that trap theft is occurring. If you see anything or know anything, please call your local Game Warden or TIPS HOTLINE.

Codington County
Fishing Report

Ice travel is not recommended. All area lakes have been slow due to deteriorating ice conditions.

Hunting Report

Snow Geese: The western portion of the county is holding the highest numbers of birds.

Day County
Fishing Report

A few opportunities through out the community to fish from shore. Ice conditions continue to deteriorate rapidly.

Hunting Report
Snow Geese: The western portion of the county is holding the highest numbers of birds.

Hamlin County
Fishing Report

Poinsett: Ice fishing has slowed down as shorelines have thawed out. Shore fishing has picked up near bridges and culverts. Fishermen have reported catching a few walleye and northern pike throughout the county.

Hunting Report
Snow Geese: Most of the snow geese have moved out of the county.

Marshall County
Fishing Report

Ice conditions are changes quickly; foot traffic only is advised.

Hunting Report
Snow Geese: Good numbers of snow geese have pushed into the county. Right now would be a great time to get out and harvest some geese.

Park Report:

Pelican Lake Recreation Area:
Check out our Facebook page @PelicanLakeSandyShore for E-Programs. On each post, you will find educational and interactive videos, daily challenges, and activity packets for a wide variety of ages for each lesson.
Pelican Lake Recreation Area is hosting Becoming an Outdoor Family July 15-17. Registration is open. The event website with more information on the program and registration can be found at gfp.sd.gov/outdoors-family.

Fort Sisseton State Park:
It’s our NEW feature here at Fort Sisseton!! #FunFactFriday…go on a video exploration of the Fort with our park manager Ali as she answers some of the most frequently asked questions and gives us insight on some of the fun and lesser known history of the area. Check out our Facebook page for #FunFactFriday.
The Bunnies got loose at Fort Sisseton and are causing some trouble! Ten bunnies got out and are having a lot of fun causing some trouble… Can you stop them? Go for a bunny “hunt” and shoot the bunnies with your camera. When you find all ten, email your photos to Fort Sisseton at [email protected] or message us your photos on Facebook. Each photo entered is good for an entry into our drawing which includes a gift basket and weekend of Free Camping at any South Dakota State Park! This event is great to get outside and enjoy the outdoors while protecting you and your family at this time.
Go to https://facebook.com/events/s/outdoor-bunny-hunt-at-fort-sis/2810112085731698/?ti=icl for some hints on where to find the bunnies (GPS coordinates)

Roy Lake State Park
At Roy Lake- West Park, ten bunnies got loose and are now running around causing trouble. Can you stop them?
Go for a bunny “hunt” and shoot the bunnies with your camera. When you find all ten, email your photos to Roy Lake at [email protected] or message us your photos on Facebook. Each photo entered is good for an entry into our drawing which includes a gift basket and weekend of Free Camping at any South Dakota State Park!
This event is great to get outside and enjoy the outdoors while protecting you and your family at this time.