KWAT’s Outdoor Report for week of May 24, 2021

Aberdeen Area

Fishing Report
Fishing has significantly picked up around the area. More anglers are at the lake as the weather continues to get nicer. Anglers have been seen having good success trolling bottom bouncers and spinners with live bait.
James River: Fishing has been constant and steady catching northern pike, catfish, and a few walleye. The lack of rain and low water levels has made fishing the James a challenge.
Mina Lake: Walleye and northern are hitting on the bite early AM and late PM. Crappie shore fishing in the shallows are best at dusk.
Richmond Lake: Live bait, early morning and late night are producing walleye.
Elm Lake: Fishing is slow on the bite.

Clark County

Fishing Report
Dry 2: Northern pike bite is on; walleye is a slow go yet.
Dry 1: Fishermen are catching fish off the road grade.
Indian Springs: Offshore fishing at sunset is when the walleye bite is on.
Reid: Walleye catch rates are down.
Swan: Little to no activity.

Codington County

Fishing Report
Goose: Fishermen continue to catch a few walleye from shore and boat. Most of the walleye are in the 14-15-inch range, with a few over 20 inches being caught as well.
Kampeska: Fishermen are catching different varieties of fish from walleye, crappies, northern pike to white
Pelican Lake: Fishermen are catching a few walleye and northern pike.
Blythe Slough: Little fishing pressure.
Long Lake: Little fishing pressure.

Hunting Report
Turkey: Birds are still spreading out and hunters are having some luck, calling in and seeing Toms by themselves.

Day County

Fishing Report
Waubay: Windy conditions and May flies made it a tough weekend for fishing; anglers had some success catching small walleye and white bass.
Bitter: Anglers were spread out on the lake, some had better luck than others. Overall, the fishing was good.
Rush: The consensus is everyone is catching walleye, northern pike, and white bass. Sizes are varied.

Hunting Report
Turkey: Hunters report the hunt is tough; birds are not responding to being called in.

Hamlin County

Fishing Report
Lake Poinsett: Fishing has proven to be busy on the lake. Crappie and perch are spotty; walleye is being caught closer to sunset. Overall fishing is shaping up nicely.
Lakes Mary; Norden; John: The bite is picking up.
Clear Lake: Activity has been steady, right before dark anglers are having good luck.
Three Buck: Folks are out, angling activity is minimal. Remember to be respectful of other people’s property rights.

Hunting Report
Turkey: Turkey Season will close May 31st; hunters are still finding an elusive Tom.

Marshall County

Fishing Report
North and South Buffalo Lakes: The bite is on! Anglers are catching a variety of fish.
Cattail and Kettle Lakes: Producing some bass, northern and a few walleye.
Opitz Lake: Folks are reeling in an occasional walleye and perch.
Roy: Anglers catch an occasional bass, northern and walleye.
Clear Lake: Producing an occasional walleye and a few bass.

Hunting Report
Turkey: Hunters are faring good with the season winding down May 31st.

Pelican Lake Recreation Area: Things are warming up! The park is in good shape, the dock and fishing dock are in, the trails are looking great with lots of birds and critters out and about, and we are turning the dump station back on! For more updates on facility openings please follow our Facebook page at “Pelican Lake, Sandy Shore, and Lake Cochrane Recreation Areas”.

Fort Sisseton: It’s time for the annual Fort Sisseton Historical Park Festival! June 4th – 6th. This year includes special exhibit The Boys in Blue: The Grand Army of the Republic, a period military encampment, chuckwagons, and art gallery with local artist Harry Moshier, arts and crafts booths, a hands on workshop using water colors to paint the outdoors, gatling gun demonstrations and much more. For a full schedule of all events occurring this week check out the Fort Sisseton Facebook page or the Fort Sisseton Website.