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Glacial Lakes Late Season Ice Fishing By Gary Howey

  The tip of Casey Weismantel’s rod slowly moved downward and as he set the hook; it was obvious what had taken his bait, was not a small fish.

 As the fish took line, it was obvious Casey was going to need some help landing this fish. One of the guides, Jeff Arneson quickly slid across the ice to lend a hand. As Casey worked the fish up into the hole, Jeff reached down into the cold water, bringing the big walleye out onto the ice.

  The fish, a twenty-three incher wouldn’t spend much time out of the water, just enough time for a couple of photos and then released back into the water. This fish would be the first of numerous big fish caught on this trip into northeast South Dakota.

  Our Team would be headquartered out of Hidden Hill Lodge located on one of the glacial lakes outside of Aberdeen, S.D. Our film crew was there at the invitation of South Dakota Tourism, HuntFishSD.com and Glacial Lakes & Prairies Tourism.

  Hidden Hill, is a picturesque lodge, serves excellent meals with room for thirty-four people, it lies adjacent to its four hundred-private acre lake that has an excellent populations of walleye, perch, crappie and bass. www.hiddenhilllodge.com

  On this trip, we would be on the ice with some of the best ice-fishermen, including several members of the Ice Team, Dave, Genz and Thayne Jensen-Clam Outdoors, Tom Zenanko-Vexilar Ice Fishing Today, Jason Mitchell-Jason Mitchell Outdoors-Boomer Stelmach-Heres My Gear & The 4 Outdoorsmen radio,  Dennis Foster- Eye Time Promotions and others.

  Many of these lakes may be some of the best-kept secrets in the state, ranging in size from eight to 10,000 acres, many of which are no name lakes, once just small sloughs that have increased in size.

   Some of the more popular Glacial lakes in the area include, Bitter, Waubay, Enemy Swim, Reetz, Grass, Pickerel, Lynn and Enemy Swim all known for their excellent walleye and perch  populations and the home of tremendous populations of big crappies, smallmouth bass, bluegill and northern pike. [Read more…]