The lakes to watch should be Emily, Waska, Long, Reno and Mary. This takes into account the early spring warm-up and the early walleye spawn. The only thing to consider will be the water temp. Mid April the water was 62 degrees. As of today, it is upper 40. All the mentioned lakes are swallower, so water should be warmer. Bait of choice will be nitecrawlers or minnows. If cranks are used, it will be shallow runners especially on Emily. The weekend weather report looks good, so good luck and have fun.
Weather remains topic #1 with snow in the forecast. Sunfish still biting in the Starbuck marina. Also a few crappies mixed in. Opener next Sat. Everyone is gearing up and looking forward to it. I will do a last minute forecast on the lakes I think will be good next Wed.
Sunfish are being caught in the Starbuck marina using small leeches or waxworms and small jigs. Sunfish are also being taken on Glenwood side between fish hatchery and the ballroom. Crappies have been inconsistent with best area in front of the fish hatchery.
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We did not hear much about SD border waters opener. We do have nice large fatheads and big leeches for fishermen headed that way.
Hot spot for crappies is the Glenwood side of Waska. Use minnows ans jigs in 8 feet of water. Sunfish are hitting in Starbuck marina mostly in the afternoons. Use small leeches or waxies and small jigs.
Walleye opener on SD border waters this weekend. We will have fathead minnows, leeches, and nitecrawlers for fishermen headed out that way.
Inconsistent seems to be the report all over the area for both crappies and sunnies. Areas to try would be Starbuck marina and fish hatchery bay on Waska. Area lakes to try would be Reno, Lobster, Oscar and Long lake. Jigs and minnows for crappies. Jigs and small leeches for sunnies.
The crappies are biting in the Starbuck marina and the fish hatchery bay on the Glenwood side. Use crappie minnows and small jigs such as flu-flus. In the Starbuck marina, about 2 feet above the jig and have fun. The marina is shore fishing and the bay is mostly boat fishing due to lack of public shoreline. The sunfish should be in the marina by this weekend. Use waxworms or small leeches and jigs for the sunnies.
Other area lakes that were good for crappies this past week were Pocket and Pelican.
The good news is we have open water fishing. This is one of the earliest openers I can remember. Get out and enjoy. Some areas to check for crappies include the Starbuck marina, fish hatchery bay on the Glenwood side, Pocket Lake, and area between Turtle and Maple lakes. Great to have an early start and have fun.
Area lakes recommend no more vehicle traffic. ATVs and foot traffic still fine. Shorelines are greasy, but still plenty of ice. Crappies and sunfish continue to be inconsistant on Glenwood side of Minnewaska. Other area lakes reporting panfish activity include Maple, Reno,Villard, and Miltona.
I think everyone got their houses off Waska. Reort remains the same. Sunfish spotty on Glenwood side in front of ballroom. Warmer weather should get crappies going in front of fish hatchery. No other lakes reporting any activity.
The last hoo-ray for gamefish in our part of the state. Season is over Sunday and all houses have to be off the lakes. Most houses are off. Think spring. This has been one of the worst winters for walleyes in a long time, they just did not bite. Sunfish once again are picking up the slack. Get in front of Lakeside Ballroom for the best action. No reports of crappies, they usually start in March when weather starts to warm up. No reports from any of the area lakes.