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South Dakota Ice Fishing

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I am wondering if anyone has ever fished South Dakota in the winter. Looking for suggestions on destinations, lodging and possible guide service? I think I would stick to the eastern half of the state if possible, don't want to have to drive across the state.

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I used to work at a baitshop out there and have fished most of the lakes in eastern SD. What species are you targeting?

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Just about anything. Ice fishing is about my most favorite thing to do. I have told myself that every year I want to go someplace new to fish. I have always been intrigued by South Dakota so that is on my list to explore.

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Check out Roy Lake Resort. Never been there, but it looks good. Lots of lakes in the NE part.

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Been to Roy lake 3 times awesome place to stay and fish.We did real good on Perch and Northern.The cabin we had we could walk out the back door right on to the lake maybe 30 feet away.My bunch is going back up end of Dec.ICE JOHN

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Stayed at Pickerel Lake lodge and very nice rooms. Bar- Restaurant accross parking lot. Lots of lakes close, Waubay, Enemy Swim, Buffalo, Bitter. Those cover about anything you want to target. Very reasonable.

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Oh ya! I beleive Grenville Sport Mart guides about 5-6 miles away.

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Here's a second vote for Roy Lake Resort. Ask for Jan.

Also give The Roost a look. Google "theroostsd". Ask for Patti there.

-Munchy

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A stay in the webster/waubay area is great. Lots of good fishing. Check with the local baitshops. Many offer guides and fish house rentals.

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Year to year the "hot" lake up there changes. If you stay in the Brookings area, Thompson (Walleyes, Jumbo Perch, Slab Crappies), Whitewood (JUMBO Perch), and Brush Lake (Eyes) are great options for that area.

If you head up to Webster, the hot lake last winter was Piyas - I'd be careful heading there this year since it got hit really hard last year. Otherwise, Waubay is a solid bet for eyes and perch. Enemy Swim, Buffalo, and Pickeral are all solid lakes as well. Roy Lake can be a bit tough to fish in the winter, but if you can find a local who knows it I wouldn't doubt that it could be great too. There are tons of smaller lakes around that are worth exploring as well. Have fun!

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