KWAT’s Outdoors Report for week of August 9, 2021

KWAT Outdoors

Aberdeen Area

Fishing Report
Richmond Lake: Anglers have been catching bluegill and crappie. Fishermen are catching bluegills in shallow water, bobber fishing with a plain hook and a piece of worm has been working the best.
Elm Lake: Anglers have been catching walleye, northern pike, crappie and perch. Anglers fishing from boats and pulling spinners with live bait have had the best luck. The south boat dock and handicap fishing pier have been pulled. The water level is too low to use these docks.
Elm River: Low water and fishing activity is slow. Anglers that have been trying are catching an occasional walleye and northern pike.
Mina Lake: Fishing was slow throughout the week. Anglers having best success early in the mornings catching walleye.

Clark County

Fishing Report
Dry 2: Walleyes are day to day but slowing down some; limited number of perch being caught.
Dry 1: The walleyes are smaller; the perch are showing up smaller in size, but the bite is still fair.
Indian Springs: Walleye bite is fair. With an occasional perch.
Reid: Walleye and perch are fair to steady.
Swan: The bite for walleye and perch seems to have slowed a bit.

Codington County

Fishing Report
Goose: Fishermen are primarily catching walleye from the boat, as the weeds make shore fishing difficult. The walleye continue to be 14 to 16 inches, with a few over 20 inches being caught as well.
Kampeska: Fishing has remained consistent over the past couple weeks. Fishermen pulling the center of the lake are finding a few walleye and perch, while other fishermen are still reporting a mixed bag of fish.
Pelican Lake: Fishermen are catching a few walleye and northern pike.
Blythe Slough: Little fishing pressure.
Long Lake: Little fishing pressure.
Dry Lake: Has slowed down, with only a few fish being caught.

Day County

Fishing Report
Waubay: The bite along with the fishing pressure has slowed some.
Bitter: Good numbers of smaller walleye have been caught, along with an occasional keeper.
Enemy Swim: A sparse amount of bluegill caught are being reported.

Hamlin County

Fishing Report
Lake Poinsett: Fishing has remained steady over the past week. Anglers are catching a mixed bag of walleye, perch, crappie, northern pike and bass. Anglers are having the best success during the early morning hours. Anglers are starting to have decent success catching perch. Small walleyes are being caught.
Lake John/Mary: Little to no activity.
Three Buck: A few walleye and northern pike are being caught.
Lake Albert: Fishing pressure has been slow. An occasional walleye is being caught.
Clear Lake: Slow fishing; and small walleyes seem to be the current trend on the lake.

Marshall County

Fishing Report
South Buffalo Lake: Given the constant warm temps fishing activity has been slow.
North Buffalo Lake: Little to no activity.
Piyas Lake: Slow fishing pressure.
Opitz Lake: The walleye bite has slowed down considerably.
Cattail / Kettle Lake: Activity is slowing due to a lot of vegetation.
Clear Lake: Low water and high temps has made fishing tricky of sort.
Roy Lake: Slow bass bite.

Habitat Report
The Game, Fish and Parks will be hosting a Game Production Area (GPA) tour on August 21st at 9:00 am of a piece of property donated to us by Charles Schurman. The Schurman GPA is 500 acres and when it was acquired it was a mix of crop ground and native prairie. All of the crop ground has been converted back into habitat. Any topic related to GFP management can be discussed. The items that will be on display are woody cover plantings, grass plantings (1-3 year old), pollinator plots, food plots, and native prairie. The tour starts at 9:00 am on August 21 at the Shurman GPA (From Watertown the Shurman GPA is 5.5 miles east of I29 on 212, 5 miles north on 463rd Avenue, ½ mile west on 167th Street.) The tour will last as long as people want it to. No lunch will be provided.
If you have any questions you can contact the Watertown GFP Office at 605-882-5200.