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Ice fishing Webster sd area

Post By: Goosehunter82      Posted: 10/15/2020 9:56:49 PM     Points: 57032    
Planning a trip for mid January to Webster south Dakota and spirit lake iowa. We have pretty good Intel on spirit but looking for info on the webster area. Bait shops, lodging, restaurants, guides.... Ect... Thanks
 Reply by: chodeman      Posted: Oct. 16, 12:20:49 AM     Points: 920    
Hey Goose,

It's been 2 years, but I was born in Sioux Falls and I have fished Bitter Lake many times. We usually hit it for a few days before pheasant season and have always done very well for fall walleyes. Classic midwest lake that we generally troll mostly lindy rigs and occasionally some cranks early and late in the day. We also hit Poinsett down by Esteline and pound panfish with some decent walleyes as well. You can probably get some good intel and supplies at Sportsmans Cove in Webster. I'd love to hear how you did when you get back!
 Reply by: Killerfihser      Posted: Oct. 16, 5:43:42 AM     Points: 653    
Waubay is massive and holds everything from crappies, walleyes, and huge white bass. Pike as well, but what lake in ND or SD doen't have pike. I've never iced it but have fished it in the spring time and the fishing is phenomenal. Good luck and let us know how you do. Here's a link to some information about Waubay and map contours as well.

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 Reply by: Walleye Guy      Posted: Oct. 16, 7:02:50 AM     Points: 121    
Check out Lynn Lake Lodge centrally located in the Glacial Lake area. Beside being great people who run a fine resort they know all about fishing in the area.

As far as fishing, to me a first timer should perhaps look at some of the smaller lakes. While Bitter and Waubay are god lakes, they are huge and ice fishing usually requires being on the spot. Try Lynn, Hazeldon, Buffalo, Antelope or Rush.

I have stayed at Lynn Lake for years and have benefited from Paul's fishing advice. His brother runs the bait shop in Webster and will give you the straight skinny too
 Reply by: Walleye Guy      Posted: Oct. 16, 9:34:00 AM     Points: 121    
By the way, some good pike lakes are Swan, Cattail/Kettle, and Antelope.

Walleye, Lynn, Mid Lynn, Hazeldon, Horseshoe and Reetz. Th last 2 are trophy lakes and have size and bag restrictions.

Panfish are tough, vary from year to year, Buffalo and Clear are usually pretty good for crappie. Perch? Good luck, there usually is anew hot spot every year. Ask around.
 Reply by: Dakota Dude      Posted: Oct. 16, 10:24:14 AM     Points: 2320    
Send me an email goose. I lived there for 3 years and still have several buddies that live in Aberdeen.