Most of the lakes and streams around the Black Hills aided by cooler temperatures and recent precipitation are fishing well. Walleyes continue to fatten up on Angostura and Shadehill and trout bite in area streams is in full fall mode. Nice stretches of nice weather through early October should brighten prospects even further. Despite distractions of approaching hunting seasons, working in a trip to a lake or stream should provide dividends, particularly at these locations.
Angostura Reservoir: The walleye bite remains ongoing with the most of the activity occurring at depths 15-22 feet of water with fish responding to Lindy rigs with minnows and jigs. Shore fishermen are enjoying the action as well. Crappie remain active as well near the tires and docks of the south marina area and in Shep’s Canyon.
Belle Fourche Reservoir (Orman): Though a few walleye are beginning to show up, the bite remains largely in limbo as an abundance of baitfish coupled with a low water level has kept the action down and interest limited. Water level has raised somewhat despite continued irrigation and water temp has dropped a bit so the bite is at least turned in the right direction.
Bismarck Lake: Trout are active responding to both above and below surface. Nymph patterns and leeches are recommended.
Black Hills Fly Fishing: Chilly weather and rainfall continue to propel activity on Black Hills area streams. Late afternoon dry fly fishing opportunities are plentiful while nymphing and streamer fishing is steady from morning into late afternoon. fishing has been excellent throughout the day. Streamers are working well on overcast days or in the evening.
Center Lake: Spurred by cool temperatures, trout activity is excellent. Leeches and other large nymph patters are working well.
Deerfield Reservoir: Excellent trout bite in progress as cold night have spurred the action. Powerbait and crawlers are working well from both shore and boat. Should setup for an entertaining weekend of fishing.
Keyhole Reservoir: The lake has been producing plenty of walleye lately with mid-week fishermen reporting limits taken. May be busy this weekend with as a fall tournament is on the docket.
Pactola Reservoir: Lake trout continue to attract most anglers with some nice specimens being taken in 50-80 feet of water on large jigs and white plastic. Perch and a few northern pike having been showing up as well.
Roubaix Lake: Trout bite continues on powerbait and salmon eggs.
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 near the Spring Creek inlet.
Sylvan and Horsethief Lakes: A good trout bite in progress with small spinners pulled behind a clear bubble doing best.
Lakes Oahe: Walleye bite remains tough sledding for most and will likely remain so until water temperatures drop as fish remain scattered in both location and depths. Bass bite is pretty steady however, for anglers looking for a little smallmouth action.
Lake Sharpe: Anglers continue to limit out on walleye most days working crawler/bouncer rigs in 10-16 feet of water though wind, weather and current greatly influence success on any given day. West Bend area remains the best bet.
Lake Francis Case: No reports received. Recent activity has centered on north end (below Fort Thompson) and near Platte.
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.