KWAT’s Outdoor Report for week of March 8, 2021

Aberdeen Area

Fishing Report
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.

Hunting Report
Snow Geese: Huntable numbers of snow geese in Spink County. Snow Geese are using Twin and Cottonwood Lakes and feeding in the area.

Clark County

Fishing Report
Sunday was probably the last day for any ice fishing activity in Clark County.
Indian Springs: Some fish were caught this past weekend.
Casey Slough. Some fish were caught this past weekend.
Sunday was probably the last day for any ice fishing activity in Clark County.

Hunting Report
Snow geese: Good numbers have moved into the southern part of the county this past weekend. Will see how long they stick around.

Codington County

Fishing Report
Goose: Little fishing pressure. A few walleye and perch are being caught.
Kampeska: Little fishing pressure.
Pelican Lake: Little fishing pressure.
Blythe Slough: Little fishing pressure.
Long Lake: Little fishing pressure.
Dry Lake: Little fishing pressure

Hunting Report
Snow Geese: Snow geese have started moving into the western portions of the county.

Day County

Fishing Report
Pickerel: Little Activity.
Waubay: Little activity.
Bitter: Little activity.

Hunting Report
Snow Geese: Some birds have moved into the area; however, most snow geese remain south of Webster.

Hamlin County
Fishing Report
Poinsett: Angling pressure was down this past weekend with considerably less people venturing out. Ice and accesses are not in good condition. Water is opening up around stone bridge and the Big Sioux river allowing some shore fishing opportunity.
Clear Lake: Very little fishing activity this past weekend.

Hunting Report
Snow geese: Some birds are starting to migrate through with majority of the birds being seen flying high over and very few birds are stopping to feed. Several thousand were seen roosting in the middle of Poinsett.
Marshall County

Fishing Report

Ice conditions are deteriorating rapidly. Ice fishing season should be done mid week.

Hunting Report
No snow geese roosting in the area.

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, making them a great place to stay for your ice fishing adventures. 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.
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.