Outdoor Report for week of March 9, 2020
Richmond: Anglers are catching walleye, perch, crappie, and bluegill. The best bite has been just before sundown.
Elm: Anglers have been catching walleye, northern pike, crappie, and perch. The bite has been inconsistent over the last few weeks.
Elm River: Anglers have been catching northern pike.
James River: No ice fishing recommended with the current ice conditions.
Snow Geese: Very few snow geese in the area, some over in Edmunds county but mostly everything is still south.
Dry 1: Limited activity. Ice is starting to soften up.
Cottonwood: Some walleye and occasional perch being caught. Access is getting poor.
Indian Springs: Ice fishing activity is slowing down, with some anglers finding a few walleyes.
Reid: Seeing very little pressure.
Snow Geese: Just starting to see some snow geese move into the western edge of Clark County.
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.
Blythe: Fishing continues to be slow, but fishermen are still able to find a few perch and walleye if they stay mobile.
Kampeska: Fishermen continue to catch a mixed bag of walleye, perch, crappie, bluegill and northern pike. The walleyes are in the 15-20 inch range, the perch range from 11-13 inches and the crappie for the most part are under 8 inches.
Pelican: Fishermen are finding a few walleyes at night.
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.
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.
Snow Geese: Good numbers of Canada geese moving into the area with a few snow geese following suite.
Poinsett: Lots of snow has melted off the lake. Ice on the shoreline are melting away fast. Please check ice conditions as you venture out onto the lake. Reports of a few walleye, perch, and crappie being caught.
Snow Geese: Lots of fields opened up this past weekend. Been seeing a few snow geese flying into the area. As time goes on, we should begin to see more flocks move north.
White: Anglers have caught a few crappie and walleye.
Six Mile: Snow has been removed from ramp area. Anglers are catching a few perch and good numbers of northern.
Cottonwood: Snow has been removed from ramp area. Anglers have caught a few northern.
Roy: The access near the resort is decent. Anglers have caught walleye, smaller perch and northern.
Clear: Access to the lake is by foot or tracked machine. A few anglers have caught panfish and walleye with the occasional smallmouth bass.
Snow Geese: A few flocks of snow geese have been observed in the county.
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” is next week! Operation Adventure is open to everyone at any age. Join us at the Pelican Lake Recreation Area picnic shelter at 6:00 PM Thursday, March 19 for a fun and informative session on coyotes. A Park Entrance License is required.
For more information, follow our Facebook page @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 will be open starting Friday, March 13, 2020.