A mix of occasional warm days and seemingly incessant winds continue to create havoc for ice fishing enthusiasts with but a few bodies of water topped with serviceable ice (determined by considerable caution and recommend measurement before venturing out). A few higher elevation Black Hills lakes do have workable ice and ice fishing has commenced on Roubaix Lake. Black Hills area streams are about the only game in town at present though a line and fly worked midday in a spot sheltered by wind isn’t a bad way to go.
Angostura Reservoir: A few boats were out over the weekend were enjoying steady action through the weekend as walleye action continues. Boat ramps are out and thus access can be tricky.
Belle Fourche Reservoir (Orman): Very little activity recently due to high winds. A few shore fishermen have showed up on the occasional nice day when a wind advisory hasn’t been in effect though success has been limited.
Black Hills Fly Fishing: As long as the temps stay above 40 degrees, a nice trout bite will continue. Midday hours are obviously the key and Rapid and Spearfish Creeks the spots for best results. Nymph and streamers along with a midge hatch midday are recommended.
Canyon Lake: Recent trout activity reported on spinners and jigs.
Dalton Lake: Five to seven inches of ice reported making the ice supposedly safe for walkers though no reports of fishing success.
Deerfield Reservoir: Ice reported near the inlet by the dam and in the Gold Run area though ice fishing is not advised at this time as wind and periods of warm weather have limited adequate thickening.
Pactola Reservoir: Shore fishermen using golden shiners have been picking up some lake trout in open water near the north boat landing. Also, trout continue to show up in accessible waters with wooly buggers and streamers working best.
Roubaix Lake: Easily the ice fishing hotspot in the hills at present with anglers reporting limits of trout and plenty of small perch.
Lake Oahe: No reports received as chilly and windy has discouraged open water fishermen and ice has yet to form other than along the edges of a back bay or two.
Lake Sharpe: The water temp over the dam is 45 degrees at present and so the chances of finding walleye action in the immediate Pierre area does exist. And with very little competition.
Lake Francis Case: Boaters continue to get out near Chamberlain area when weather permits and are still finding walleyes responding to minnows and small chubs. Some shore success as well near riprap areas.
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.