Outdoor Report for week of March 16, 2020

Aberdeen Area
Fishing Report

The ice on all area lakes and rivers is deteriorating quickly with this spring weather. The ice is breaking away from the shoreline making ice fishing dangerous. There are some open areas along the James River where anglers can do some shore fishing.

Hunting Report
Snow Geese: Very few snow geese in the area, some over in Edmunds county but mostly everything is still south.

Clark County
Fishing Report

Some fishing activity is still occurring on the lakes but be cognizant of shorelines and melting ice as warm weather is starting to deteriorate the ice.

Hunting Report

Snow Geese: Not a lot of snow geese around in the area as most all have pushed as far north as they can. No report on juvies yet coming into the area. Still see some snow geese migrating through the county though.

Codington County
Fishing Report

With warmer temperatures, fishermen are reminded to use caution when accessing and moving around on the ice.

Goose: Fishermen continue to catch a few walleyes in the mornings and evenings. Most walleye continue to be under 14 inches long. Fishermen are still finding a few perch; the perch are in the 11-13 inch range when you find them.

Hunting Report

Snow Geese: A few small flocks of snow geese can be found around the county, if the warm weather this week holds true, we could have a larger push into the area by this weekend.

Day County
Fishing Report

Waubay: The walleye bite was slower this past weekend with anglers only catching a few walleyes.
Bitter: Anglers struggled to find fish this past weekend.
Pickerel Lake: Slow with only a few anglers trying their luck.

Hunting Report
Snow Geese: Good numbers of Canada geese moving into the area with a few snow geese following suite.
Hamlin County
Fishing Report

Poinsett: Fishermen are reporting there are a few walleye and crappies being caught. Shorelines can change quickly so be cautious when going out onto the lake.

Hunting Report
Snow Geese: Few snow geese flying around. As the week goes on numbers should improve.

Marshall County
Fishing Report

Ice conditions are changes quickly; foot traffic only is advised.

Hunting Report
Snow Geese: Good numbers of snow geese have pushed into the county. Right now would be a great time to get out and harvest some geese.

Park Report:

Pelican Lake Recreation Area:
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.
Week six of “Operation Adventure” has been cancelled. Please refer to our Facebook page for upcoming events @PelicanLakeSandyShore.

Fort Sisseton State Park:
Easter Escape Room: Hippity Hop, can you beat the clock? The evil Easter Grinch has struck again! Can you and your team crack the codes to save Easter? Join us on March 28 from 1pm to 5pm (Teams will be let in every 15 minutes. Last group will be allowed in at 4:45pm) This event is great for all ages. So, get your team of two or more together and help save Easter! Please call to reserve your spot today!
No admission charge, but a Park Entrance License is required on the vehicle.

Richmond Lake Recreation Area:
The gates to Forest Drive are open for the season, come enjoy some hiking, biking or disc golf.