With continued spell of weather leaning toward the brisk side, many boats have been moved to winter storage. Those remaining active are probably heading south, Angostura south that is, as the Hot Springs area lake remains one of the few really active large bodies of water in the area. Black Hills area lakes are fishable though ice will be forming soon as nights grow increasingly cold. Area streams might be the best best as trout continue to fatten up for cold months ahead. Easily accessible and open to anglers of every persuasion, Black Hills area streams are a genuine angler’s delight.
Angostura Reservoir: Angostura remains about the only hotspot as anglers willing to brave the elements are still pounding the walleye. Including large fish in the catches as 32, 29, and numerous 28 inchers were caught on Saturday. Jig and minnow seems to be the popular presentation right now.
Belle Fourche Reservoir (Orman): No reports received this week as chilly (or downright cold) winds have kept fishermen off the lake for the most part. Are probably some walleye available should one wish to pay the price in surrendered comfort. Last word had it that main dock was still in though the cleaning station has been closed.
Black Hills Fly Fishing: Fly fishing is generally quite good once the daytime temperature moves above the freezing mark. Nymphs and streamers are working best. Dry fly fishing has dropped off considerably with lower temperatures.
Deerfield Reservoir: Trout bite during warmer midday hours on powerbait. Action is taking place both above and below the dam.
Pactola Reservoir: Trout are being caught in the north marina area and Veterans Point with powerbait or trout spinners working best. And while the northern pike bait remains very slow, a few small lake trout were taken.
Roubaix Lake: Some limits of trout reported on powerbait or trout spinners
Sheridan Lake: Some northern pike activity reported both on flies (heavy sink line with a type 3 or type 6 weight to keep the fly at proper depth) and minnows.
Lake Oahe: An unusually slow walleye bite on the big lake that cut fishing numbers this season coupled with cold and wind will ground most of the activity for awhile. However, salmon will on the move which could create some late season interest.
Lake Sharpe: The few walleye fishermen who chose to brave bouts of freezing rain and blustery winds did manage to limit out occasionally on minnow jigs or minnows/bottom bouncers. Some walleye activity in tailrace as well. Barring a spell of warmer weather most of the activity on the lake will likely move into holding pattern.
Lake Francis Case: Shore fishermen have been catching walleye at riprap locations in the Chamberlain area. Crappie rig and minnow are suggested.
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.