While the weather will be ideal and fishing prospects very much on the bright side, turkey and all the trimmings, or rather the leftovers therefrom, might take precedence over fishing this weekend. Then again, the thought of temperatures near 70 might simply be too intoxicating an option for some anglers to resist. Particularly with walleye bite still active on big lakes, trout feeding in Black Hills streams, and the northern pike activity continuing for a few weeks. If so, here are some spots that might be worth packing a turkey sandwich and checking out once over the weekend once the tryptophan wears off.
Angostura Reservoir: The walleye bite could be very good this weekend with a mix of cool nights and unseasonably warm days on the immediate horizon. Though somewhat unpredictable recent catches have included lots of nice sized fish with some in the 28-32 inch range. Jig and minnow are recommended.
Belle Fourche Reservoir (Orman): As might be expected the lake remains ice-free and while the bite has been inconsistent anglers are finding some walleye activity with majority of the fish caught either overs or slot fish. Lake is at low capacity (40 percent) and main dock is available.
Black Hills Fly Fishing: Cool nights and warm days should set up some excellent midday action in Black Hills area streams. Rapid Creek is producing trout action — nymphing recommended — throughout the system including in town. Brook trout are busy on Castle Creek and Crow and Sand creeks are enjoying midge and BWO hatches.
Deerfield Reservoir: No reports received, however Castle Creek below the dam has been producing brookies.
Pactola Reservoir: Fishing activity has been slow with boats off the lake and ice fishing remaining in limbo. With the warm weather perhaps a northern pike bite will finally kick in.
Shadehill Reservoir: The warm weather has contributed to an upsurge in walleye activity recently including catches in the 27-30 inch range.
Lake Oahe: No reports received on the big lake as a slow summer and fall season draws to a close.
Lake Sharpe: Unseasonably warm weather predicted for the next week or two might spur a little fishing activity for those who have not moved boats to drydock. Shore fishermen have been catching fish near the stilling basin.
Lake Francis Case: A late season walleye bite near Chamberlain has kept some boats on the water around the bridges while shore fishermen have been joining in on the action working 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.