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Big Stone Lake is a border water between Minnesota and South Dakota.  Your SD or MN fishing license is legal no matter which side of the lake you stay!  Walleyes are the predominate fish of  Big Stone Lake - however there are nice populations of perch.  In addition, there are also some crappie, blue gill, white bass and Northern pike. We offer 4 large fishing docks for guests who opt for shoreline fishing versus a boat.

UPDATED 4/24/2016

The wait for the walleye season opener is over! April 23rdanglers eager to wet their lines were able to fish, not only for walleye, but northern and large mouth bass.

An abundance of boats met the sunrise with mixed results. As the day progressed the south/south east wind chased many fishermen off the water.

Those that hung in there, did well. Several anglers reported slow to no catch.  The walleyes caught were mostly in two classes, a 15-17 inch band and the 19-just under 20 inch band. We did see limits (4 per man) come in with a spattering of white bass, a northern and even a bull head.

The most successful fishermen stayed with the traditional jig and minnow presentation working the shoreline and small rock piles.  Some anglers casted with a shallow diving shad rap and were able to set the hook on some nice fish as well.

No specific spots were mentioned, but this reporters guess is any rocky shoreline with wind on it or small rock piles is the best place to start.

The season is just beginning and the outlook is excellent for walleye on Big Stone Lake.


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Long time customers Bill and Pete get a nice two-man limit.
All except one is just under the 20 inch mark.

A white bass in the mix

Jake casts shoreline for two nice walleye

Iowa angler happy with his limit of walleye