Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
B-man715

Best Walleye/Crappie Fishing Near Brookings?

8 posts in this topic

Evening Fellas,

I'm working out of town (Ivanhoe, MN) and staying in Brookings, SD right now. Brought the boat with to stay and fish over the weekend.

Where would be the best place to start right now? I talked to a very helpful young lady from a bait shop near Lake Thompson and she suggested to try there. Any other good fishing lakes that you could help to point me towards? (MN or SD)

I'm also willing to travel if I had to (to) Oahe or up to the prairie region if the fish are biting smile Any help or pointers are very much appreciated.

I would also have an open seat for anybody that would put me (us) on some local fish smile A big thanks again guys!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Dry lake by the town of willow lake is supposedly hot for walleyes right now. it's a lake with very primitive landing area and dock so be prepared for that. heard it's a zoo there on weekends but maybe not so bad during week.

[Edited, Please read forum policy before posting again. Thank You.]

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'd vote Thompson for crappie and walleye really good class of crappie in there right now.

Poinsett, 81 ponds would also be high on my list. 81 ponds doesn't have a great landing area though.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Dry lake by the town of willow lake is supposedly hot for walleyes right now. it's a lake with very primitive landing area and dock so be prepared for that. heard it's a zoo there on weekends but maybe not so bad during week.

[Edited, Please read forum policy before posting again. Thank You.]

This is true. If you don't mind driving the 75 miles go to dry. Pulling raps would be easiest. College buddies had there 5 man limit in 2 hours. Its a zoo but you will catch fish

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for the info guys smile Is it Dry Lake 2 you are talking about? The girl I talked to mentioned that as well.

Anybody know if there is a lake map available? Might try to sneak up there late this afternoon with a couple guys from my crew.

Also have an open seat this weekend for those that helped me out smile

Thanks again

-Brandon

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

B-Man715

"I talked to a very helpful young lady from a bait shop near Lake Thompson and she suggested to try there."

The bait shop near Lake Thompson should be able to help you with a map for Dry Lake No. 2.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks guys. We went out for little bit last night and had a lot of fun smile

Caught a lot of fish, there appears to be a great year class of 14-15" eyes.

This afternoon we are going to fish Thompson. A few guys at the cleaning station had some bigger walleyes with several nice crappies mixed in.

........So many lakes.......so little time smile

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • Just use plain old spray paint in a can. I've done it many many times and seems to stick really nice. Nothing special either I can't even tell you the brand because I have no clue. But as mentioned doing 2-3 light coats helps.
    • no expert here, but heat doesn't rise. heat radiates in the direction of least resistance (R value). warm air or water rises because it is less dense than colder air or water.  If you don't insulate you will be heating the ground under your cabin and the earth is a very large heat sink $$$. get some info from an expert in the radiant field as far as tube diameter, spacing, water temp, manifolds, length of runs, and so on. it varies on amount of windows (solar) ceiling height and room type (bed, bath, living area,  storage etc.). once you pour over the tubing you get to live with it. I did my own Home 15 years ago and got some good advise (wish I would have taken it all)
    • Sonar works from above, cameras need to be submerged. What am I missing here?
    • I've also had good luck spray painting PVC.  Biggest thing I found is to do lots of light coats, the PVC makes the paint want to run in a hurry.
    • I believe you can do this with the Lowrance HDS 9 and above.
    • I'll go with another loss in overtime.
    • Calling a win tonight, it's going to happen!
    •   You'll probably run into plenty of "experts" among the experts, too...   Floor heat is nice, but definitely not the best option if you're looking for the best efficiency, since it is a slow recovery system.  If you were looking for efficiency and lowest cost, I would suggest looking into a mini-split heat pump to complement the gas furnace if you have off-peak available.   (Disclaimer: Not an expert either, but I have stayed at a Holiday Inn Express a few times.)      
    •   Same here. I have 3 of them. Use them in the SUV, Boat, Snowmobile, and Dual Sport bike. They seem to work better on my sled in the winter with no issues at all over my old ifinder which would eat batteries in the cold. They are discontinued but you can still find them out there on the List or bay once in a while. I like them as they are a crossover and can be used on the road or with a lake map which is the main thing I use them for. Wish they would bring something like it back.
    • Ridiculous... but it would work.  Sorry to offend, guess I don't get quite so fired up about concrete.
  • Our Sponsors