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South Dakota Fishing Reports

Ice Fishing Season is Nearing

With the temperatures getting colder, the excitement builds for ice fishing. Everyone here at Northview Bait and Tackle can't wait to cut the first hole and drop in our lines. Stop by Northview Bait and Tackle and let us help you get prepared for the upcoming ice fishing season!

Ice fishing January 4th, 2012

With the warm weather please use caution on the ice. In the Sioux Falls to Madison to Brookings area, ice conditions vary greatly. Further north the ice is better but caution still must be used. Fish are being caught where conditions allow. Perch and walleyes seem willing to bite.

Open Water Fishing

With all the warm weather lots of guys are fishing open water at Pierre, Ft. Thompson, Ft. Randall and Lewis and Clark. Success has been pretty good with decent walleyes being caught. Fish are also being caught at the spillway at Morrells in Sioux Falls and at Klondike.

Get your dog ready for hunting

In just a few weeks we will be chasing doves, ducks, pheasants and lots of other birds - is your dog ready? Northview has all the best foods and treats for your dog. Northview also stocks a few training aids like dummies, whistles and dog vests. Need something unique? Stop in and ask Matt if he can special order it for you.

Buying used fishing gear

Have some fishing gear (or anything sporting goods) that you want to sell? Stop in and have Matt make you an offer. We are also selling used stuff so stop in to check what has come in.

Ice Fishing is coming!

Yes, it is still August but ice fishing will be here before you know it. If you are planning on buying a new shack, auger, electronics or clothing stop by and talk to Matt about getting your order in early to save big money! Visit the Clam, Frabill, Vexilar, Jiffy, Strikemaster, etc. websites to check out what is new this year.

Off the rocks at Chamberlain

A few reports of some decent 'eyes being taken off the rocks with crawlers at Chamberlain. One guy south of the Interstate bridge was catching all the 2-5 lb catfish he wanted as well as an occasional walleye.

A decent walleye at Twin

A 6 lb walleye was caught and released at Twin north of Humboldt this week. The two anglers report a decent bite of 14-18 inch walleyes in 12 feet of water. The guys were using crawlers on spinners as well as a few being taken on a Koppers Live Target Bluegill.

White Bass at Brandt, Crappies at Marindahl, more

White bass have been hitting very well at Lake Brandt with some 2+ pound fish being caught. Don't turn your nose up at these fish as they are willing biters, excellent fighters and if you remove the dark meat from the fillet they actually make excellent table fair. If you want to catch crappie try Lake Marindahl north of Yankton. A boat works best but there is some limited shoreline fishing. Catfishing remains good on the Sioux River. At the Falls to the spillway quite a few cats are being caught. For walleyes the action has stayed fairly decent most of the summer. Thompson, Sinai, 81 Ponds, Brush all continue to do well. The Missouri River Reservoirs are holding their own in spite of all the water pouring through and are well worth a try.

Perch are starting to bite

Perch are starting to bite on several lakes. Madison, Sinai, Poinsett are all doing fair to good. Some perch are also being caught at Twin, 81 Ponds, Herman and Beaver. The bite has been fair but if you search for them you should find fish. Walleyes continue to bite at the usual locations. As the nights get a little cooler fishing will improve even more.