All of the area lakes are covered with a thin layer of ice. It’s that time of year to put the open water fishing gear away and get the ice fishing gear ready. Looking at the forecast, we will not be ice fishing for a while.
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: The rut is winding down. The hunters who sat in their blinds had the best luck. With the nice weather most of the deer are moving late at night.
Dry 2: Saw a few anglers Friday and Saturday last week. Boats were moving around quite a bit on the lake, so not positive on the bite right now.
Reid: Closed to boating through December 31.
Waterfowl: It’s still a struggle to find ducks and Canada geese in the county. Plenty of snow geese are still around. Pass shooters and jumpers please be cognizant of when you are shooting and follow all regulations with road hunting.
Pheasants: Haven’t seen much for pheasant activity lately. Few hunters are finding some birds, but this weather has them spread out a bit and moving frequently.
Goose Lake: 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 good number of snow goose feeds going on around the area. There are also a few fields holding good numbers of dark geese as well. Especially the western portions of the county.
Ducks: Not many ducks around the area at this time, a few smaller feeds taking place.
Deer: Deer movement seems to be highest the first couple of hours in the morning and the last couple of hours of the day.
Pheasant: Hunters continue to average 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.
Deer: Several nice bucks have been harvested so far this season. There is still plenty of opportunity to harvest a deer.
Pheasant: Not many hunters targeting pheasants right now. The ones that are, seem to be having moderate success.
Waterfowl: Still good numbers of snow geese in the area.
Poinsett: Fishing pressure has been minimal with the past weather.
Deer: Movement has really slowed down lately. Sounds like deer are moving into the post rut phase.
Ducks: Minimal duck numbers in the area.
Canada Geese: Still a few geese in the area.
Little to no fishing activity has been observed in the county.
Waterfowl: Decent pockets of Canada geese can be found in the eastern portion of the county. Below average duck numbers across the county for this time of year.
Pheasant: Hunters are having good success hunting grass and cattails next to harvested corn fields.
Deer: Deer hunters had great luck this past weekend. Be sure to have permission before entering private land, good luck and be safe.
Richmond, Mina, Lake Louise Recreation Areas:
December is a great month to hunt in the Aberdeen area. When you’re hunting in the area come stay with us at Mina Lake Recreation Area in our three- bedroom modern cabin that rents for $150.00 per night. To book your reservation call 1-800-710-2267.
Fort Sisseton State Park
Christmas Light Display December 4th – 25th from 7pm-11pm nightly. Enjoy a slow drive through the campground and enjoy the beautiful light displays sponsored by local businesses, groups and friends.
Feel like sending your own Christmas cheer? There will be a food pantry drop off site for nonperishable foods and letters to Santa, Law Enforcement, First Responders and Military Personnel.