KWAT’s Outdoor Report for week of May 11, 2020
Richmond: Anglers have been catching walleye, perch, and white bass. The walleye bite is better in the evenings. Anglers are catching lots of walleye in the 11-15 inch range.
Elm: Anglers have been catching walleye and northern pike. The walleye the anglers are catching are in that 13-16 inch range.
Elm River: Anglers have been catching walleye and northern pike. Anglers have been fishing below the Elm Lake spillway, Kruses Dam, and in the Columbia area.
James River: Fishing is starting to pick up. Anglers have been catching walleye and northern pike. With the high water flow it has been difficult to fish some areas. Fishing has been better in the Hecla and Sand Lake area.
Mina: Anglers have been catching walleye and catfish.
Turkey: The archery turkey season in open until May 31st. In Brown County, we only have an archery turkey season.
Clark County weather was not cooperating this week with anglers. Low angler pressure seen across county. Water temps have lowered again making fishing difficult as well.
Dry 2: Still no access to the boat ramp. DO NOT attempt to go through water. Anglers have been putting in off the Willow Lake road, but it is becoming more difficult. Bite is also day to day.
Things have slowed down a little with the cooler temperatures.
Goose: Fishermen are catching walleye from shore and by boat.
Blythe: Fishermen are catching walleye from shore.
Kampeska: Fishermen are catching a mixed bag of fish from shore and by boat, including (northern pike, white bass, perch, crappie and walleye.)
Pelican: Fishermen are catching walleye from shore and by boat, evenings seem to be the best time.
Turkey: Turkey continue to spread out, archery and firearms hunters are both having some success in filling their tags.
There have been a few changes in Day County for shore fishing. Due to the highwater and safety hazard of a vehicle and pedestrian accident, the county is no longer allowing pedestrians on the Grenville grade, Day Co 1 north of Hwy 12 to 140th St., and Yellowstone trail from Main St. to Day Co 1. Also, if you are shore fishing make sure you are parked in a legal parking spot and it is not posted as no parking.
North Rush: Little pressure this past weekend with the cooler temperatures and breezy conditions.
Blue Dog: Anglers are catching a few northern pike, white bass and the occasional walleye.
Waubay: Good numbers of white bass and the occasional walleye are being caught.
Bitter: Little activity.
Turkey: Still seeing plenty of turkeys in the area allowing for some good opportunity to still fill your tag.
Poinsett: It was a cool weekend to fish. Fishermen have reported catching a mix bag of Walleye, Crappie, and White Bass. There is a 300ft NO-WAKE zone restriction around the entire lake.
Albert: Fishing traffic was slow due to the weather. Reports of a few walleye being caught.
Turkey: There have been a few hunters out this past weekend and success remains limited to the Sioux Poinsett GPA.
Clear: A few walleye and pike being caught from the Hwy 10 grade in flowing water next to the bridge.
White: A few walleyes being caught near the boat ramp area.
Opitz: Some walleye being caught near the boat ramp and grade south of ramp.
Cattail: Some really nice walleye and bass being caught near timbered main lake points and shallow bays.
Turkey: Hunters have had good luck calling and utilizing decoys. The hens should start going to the nest here real soon and hunting could get even better. Most birds have been observed in the eastern portion of the county. Be sure to obtain permission before entering private land. Good luck and be safe!!
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:
#FunFactFriday is still going on! 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.