Fishing pressure has slowed down due to the weather.
Richmond, Mina, and Elm Lakes: Anglers are still catching perch and walleye. All the boat docks and fishing piers have been removed from the lakes.
Waterfowl: There are still huntable numbers of Canada geese and snow geese throughout the area. The large concentrations of snow geese are located in the Roscoe, Scatterwood Lake, and Cottonwood Lake areas. There are not many ducks in the area. We are waiting for the ducks to migrate from North Dakota into our area. Hunters field hunting have been doing the best. Remember scouting is the key to success while waterfowl hunting.
Pheasants: Hunters that are willing to get out and walk are having the best luck. Hunters hunting cattail sloughs and corn strips are doing well.
Deer: With the cooler weather the rut is in full swing. Hunters should be aggressive with antler rattling and grunt calls. The next 2 weeks will be the prime time for deer hunting.
Dry 2: Angler numbers are low, but some walleye still being caught.
Swan: Occasional walleye caught.
Reid: Closed to boating through December 31.
Pheasant: Public land hunters are seeing birds; but struggling to harvest many.
Waterfowl: Seeing fair numbers of ducks and geese in the area. Scouting is the key to success.
Deer: Rut activity is in full swing and the bucks are tending to do right now.
The boat ramp in the NW corner of the lake is now open for use.
Fishing pressure has been minimal on all area lakes.
Geese: There are a few good snow goose feeds going on around the area. There are also a few fields holding good numbers of dark geese.
Ducks: Still seeing a good number of ducks in the area.
Swan: A few swans are still hanging around in the NW portions of the county.
Deer: Rut is in full swing and bucks are on the move during daylight hours. A lot of deer have been harvested over the past couple of weeks.
Pheasant: Hunters are averaging about 1.5 – 2 birds per hunter this past week.
Due to the high water and safety hazard of a potential 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.
Waterfowl: Large numbers of snow geese throughout the county.
Deer: Peak rut is upon us with lots of deer movement. Hunters are having success harvesting deer during the archery and youth seasons thus far.
Pheasant: Hunters that are getting off the beaten path and walking thick areas of grass and cattails seem to be having the best luck.
Poinsett: Fishing pressure has been minimal with the past weather.
Deer: Sounds like the rut is in full swing. Bucks are really chasing the does around. Rifle season opening this weekend should make for some quality time in the field.
Ducks: Minimal duck numbers in the area. Still waiting for the colder temps to push more ducks down.
Canada Geese: Still a few geese in the area.
Waterfowl: Decent pockets of geese can be found throughout the county. Below average duck numbers for this time of year. A few swans still hanging around.
Pheasant: Hunters are having good success focusing on grass and cattails next to harvested corn fields.
Deer: The rut is in full swing and deer are really on the move, it’s a great time to be in the stand or simply sitting on the ground in a tree belt. Be sure to have permission before entering private land, good luck and be safe.
Pelican Lake Recreation Area:
Come on out to Pelican Lake Recreation Area during the month of November and take part in the self-guided activity “Creatures of the Night Hike and Seek”. Can you find what goes bump in the night? In this self-guided activity, we’re challenging you to find several nighttime creatures of South Dakota! Just hike the trails at participating state parks and Outdoor Campuses, keeping your eyes open for the informational signs and hidden nocturnal animal pictures along the way.
The dump station has been winterized due to freezing temperatures. That doesn’t mean camping season is over! The west campground comfort station will remain open a while longer for those of you looking to enjoy some fall fishing, hiking, and a cool campfire at night. Follow us on Facebook at Pelican Lake, Sandy Shore, and Lake Cochrane Recreation Area’s for more updates!
Richmond, Mina, Lake Louise Recreation Areas:
December is a great time to pheasant hunt in South Dakota. Come stay with us. Cabins are available for rent. For questions, please call Richmond Lake Recreation Area at 605-626-3488.