Cold weather over the weekend subsequent to warmer weather upcoming should lead to an uptick in fall fishing. Perhaps for many a last chance as hunting season will kick off this weekend with archery deer season opening this weekend, antelope next weekend, and pheasant right around the corner. Thus, with beautiful weather forecast for the weekend, passing up football and heading for a lake or stream might be the perfect opportunity to enjoy some early fall solace. With that in mind here are some area options where the fish might best be waiting arrival.
Angostura Reservoir: The walleye bite continues to be excellent at present with the fish suspended in 15-22 feet of water and responding to Lindy rigs with minnows and jigs. The fish are scattered though anglers have been enjoying success throughout the lake. Limits of nice crappie continue to be taken in the south marina area and back in Shep’s Canyon.
Belle Fourche Reservoir (Orman): No reports received this week as fishing activity has largely ceased due to low water conditions and an abundance of bait fish that are satisfying the lust of hungry walleye. A couple of shore fishermen that did venture out reported one bite in a day of fishing.
Black Hills Fly Fishing: Rain and cold weather over the weekend sparked the trout bite in area streams. Good dry fly fishing late in the morning. Nymph fishing has been excellent throughout the day. Streamers are working well on overcast days or in the evening.
Deerfield Reservoir: Trout bite had been steady prior to the weekend’s cold weather snap and will probably pick up steam again over the weekend. Shore and boat fishermen were finding the most success with jigs and powerbait or nightcrawlers.
Pactola Reservoir: Lake trout bite has picked up a little bit. White plastics and jigs remain the baits of choice though the fish have elevated somewhat are being located most frequently in 40-60 feet depths.
Roubaix Lake: Trout bite continues on powerbait and salmon eggs.
Sheridan Lake: Crappie action reported off Dakota Point, and a few northern pike are being picked up near the Spring Creek inlet. Rainbow trout were stocked last week. Lake has cleared up after fall turnover.
Sylvan and Horsethief Lakes: A good trout bite in progress with small spinners pulled behind a clear bubble doing best.
Lakes Oahe: Walleye bite is improving somewhat though fish can be difficult to locate. Crawlers have been best for walleye with fish located in 40-50 feet water off points. Bass are being taken most easily with minnows, a presentation that will likely become more popular with walleyes as soon as waters become cooler.
Lake Sharpe: Limits of walleye continue to be common with the West Bend area the busiest at present. Bouncers with crawlers and/minnows worked at ten foot depths or less have been the ticket. Smallmouth bass are readily available on similar presentations with the fish in 20-30 feet of water.
Lake Francis Case: Not much action last week. Few walleye taken were at north end of the lake below Fort Thompson. Elm Creek has been producing decent results as well.
Dakota Angler & Outfitter, 513 Seventh St., Rapid City; The Rooster, 1441 W. Main St., Rapid City; Wheel and Bait, 18696 Fisherman’s Road, Fruitdale; West Prairie Resort, 28354 182nd, Pierre (605-264-5303), and Angostura State Resort have contributed to this report.