Though a mix of cool weather and rainshowers might discourage a few fishermen this weekend the expectation of enjoying the infinite beauties of a Black Hills area autumn weekend while dipping a line in the water should suffice for all but the most faint-hearted. Fortunately, a number of area lakes are turning cooler waters into hotspots for a variety of species. Angostura continues to offer plenty of opportunities for walleye afficianados while area streams are keeping trout fishermen busy as well.
Here’s a look at what’s happening in the area at present.
Angostura Reservoir: Walleye activity contines to be strong, and with it, the interest of fishermen as quite a number were out in boats last weekend. The fish are currently suspended in 18-22 feet of water. Lindy rigs with minnows and jigs are working best. Crappie bite continues near the south marina as well.
Belle Fourche Reservoir (Orman): The anglers out this past week were finding walleye strikes few and far between as the the high numbers of shad in the lake keep the walleye fat and sassy. On a positive note, smallmouth bass, crappie and perch were busy last week though sometimes difficult to locate as they follow the shad. Once found however, the fish are feeding and plenty of action ensues. Also, irrigation releases are over and the lake is refilling.
Bismarck Lake: Trout bite has been steady with nymph patterns and leeches working well.
Black Hills Fly Fishing: Recent weather continues to be a boon to trout activity in Black Hills area streams. Water levels have been raised due to recent rains and cooler temps over the weekend has aided fishing as well. Baetis mayflies are hatching during midday hours and streamer fishing remains productive throughout the day.
Deerfield Reservoir: Excellent trout bite continues with powerbait and night crawlers stimulating the action.
Keyhole Reservoir: Recent reports point to a nice walleye bite in progress.
Pactola Reservoir: Not a lot of activity reported with some perch activity near the south marina about the sum of it.
Roubaix Lake: Trout bite continues on powerbait and salmon eggs.
Shadehill Reservoir: A nice walleye bite with limits of good-sized fish reported. Minnows with Lindy rigs and/or bottom bouncers. Jigging has been producing fish as well.
Sheridan Lake: Crappie action (small jigs and minnows) and some largemouth bass activity reported off Dakota Point. Also, a few northern pike are being picked up on shiners near highway 385.
Sylvan and Horsethief Lakes: Late afternoon trout bites reported on powerbait and spinners.
Lakes Oahe: Very little activity on the big lake due to a combination of wind, weather, and limited fishing success. Smallmouth bass activity at times is the best offered at present.
Lake Sharpe: Despite a fair walleye bite, fishing activity slowed considerably last week as anglers apparently lent themselves to preparing for upcoming hunting seasons. The few anglers out were locating fish in 10-16 foot of water and attracting with Lindy rigs and minnows.
Lake Francis Case: Boats have been hard to spot in the Chamberlain area. Anglers, too, as the walleye bite borders on the nonexistent. Hopes lean toward the late days of fall.
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.